All dogs naturally shed hair every once in a while, but sometimes hair loss can also signal underlying medical conditions.
In general, there are several factors that affect the amount and frequency of hair shedding among dogs, Maltese included.
The first and most common reason for Maltese dogs to shed hair excessively is stress.
When Maltese seems to be shedding more than the usual amount of hair, they may be stressed out. There are many things that can stress your pooch such as meeting other people or pets, or moving into a new place.
Other situations that can cause stress to Maltese include the loss of the usual companion and separation anxiety. The unfamiliarity of the people and surroundings bring discomfort and cause a change in behavior in your dog. This can lead to hair shedding.
Another reason for Maltese to shed is poor nutrition. All dog’s health in general reacts negatively when not supplied with proper nutrition. This may manifest as hair loss or as obvious signs as weakness and inactivity.
When Maltese lacks exercise or has a poor diet, they do not get the proper nutrients needed to keep their hair intact. Maltese, like other dogs, regularly need nutritious food that is grain-free and corn-free. When not given can result in deficiencies in certain vitamins or minerals, that can make hair loss severe.
Lastly, medical conditions, such as skin issues caused by parasites and skin allergies, can also cause Maltese to shed too much. Signs of skin irritation, like bumps, scabs, or a rash, in addition to hair loss should prompt you to visit a vet.