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Fur shedding in dogs
All mammals lose hair or fur, and the fact that dogs shed their fur is the most normal thing in the world. Like us, their fur is born, grows and falls out, and this is a normal process that happens periodically.
It is true that there are times of the year when this process increases, especially during the seasonal weather changes, spring and autumn.
There are also animals with thicker fur that have more severe fur shedding, but nothing that a good brushing at the right time of year can't fix.
Some health problems can also cause sudden fur shedding or worsening of the coat.
When should you be worried?
Depending on the time of year, temperature and lifestyle, we have previously mentioned that in spring and autumn it is quite normal for fur shedding to increase, but if you still find it unusual it is always advisable to consult your vet and ask for advice.
Stress is another factor that can produce a more intense fur shedding, removals, the arrival of new members to the family or any other factor that can produce alterations in your little buddy can change their skin and the state of their fur.
Food is as important for them as it is for us humans, the supply of all nutrients is essential for a healthy skin and coat.
Quality ingredients, the presence of fatty acids, vitamins, zinc and selenium are important for their health and that of their fur.
If excessive fur shedding is accompanied by itching or the appearance of alopecia (hairless areas) we may be facing an illness, which makes it essential to visit the vet.
There are infectious diseases (fungi and bacteria) with inflammation of the skin, which require a diagnosis and treatment for recovery.
Parasitic diseases (mites, scabies, fleas or internal digestive or blood parasites) are also infectious and lead to severe skin problems causing fur shedding.
Hormonal diseases (hypothyroidism, cushing, allergies, etc.) also alter the skin and the health of the fur.
How can you help make their fur be as healthy as possible?
1. Provide your furry friend an adequate diet.
2. Brush them especially when they are shedding and talk to your vet about baths, products and frequency according to their age and coat type.
3. Perform annual tests on your little buddy to anticipate possible changes in their health.
4. Deworm both internally and externally, as recommended by your vet.
5. Physically and mentally stimulate your little furry friend, to keep them healthy and active.
María González Sola. Co-founder of Refugio la vida color Frambuesa and responsible for the veterinary consultations of VeggieAnimals.