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Why Dogs Shed Their Fur?

All pet parents are petrified of dog shedding and no matter how much we love and adore our four-legged companions; it is indeed a Herculean task to deal with.

All breeds of dogs shed fur; while the hypoallergenic ones shed lesser, the heavily coated ones shed more.

If you want the lesser hassle, then the best thing to opt for would be a specially designed pet vacuum that can be used regularly to get rid of the hair from the various corners of your house.

Now, there are various other reasons that your dog might shed fur. Here is a brief look at some of them.

Normal Hair Shedding

All animals, including dogs, shed fur all year round and it is considered normal as long as the amount of shedding is manageable.

Each breed differs from one another and so does their shedding cycle. The hair shafts in the hair follicles have a natural process of growth and shedding and therefore, whenever you plan to adopt a dog, do make an informed decision regarding your ability to manage this natural process.

There are a few other factors that contribute to the shedding of fur and they are hormones, age, health and environmental conditions.

These factors also affect the way their fur grows; its volume, texture, and length.

However, the biggest contributor will always remain the way the dog’s genes are structured.

When Should You Be Worried?

While the above-mentioned reasons are all normal, there are situations in which you should be worried about your dog shedding fur. If it looks more like hair loss and not normal shedding as such, when there are visible signs of distress on the skin and when hair loss is accompanied by evident skin problems, then these could be reasons to worry about.

Excessive hair loss could be caused by factors like hormonal problems, allergies or even nutritional deficiencies.

Hormonal imbalances
Dogs are commonly affected by hypothyroidism that makes their fur brittle and it starts falling out. Excess or low production of estrogen, testosterone or progesterone could also be one of the reasons.

Nutritional deficiencies
If your dog is not consuming a well-balanced diet, it could affect his skin and eventually, hair might start falling out excessively.

Environmental stress
A dog is probably more emotional than human beings. If there has been a recent conflict in the household or death of a family member or even change of homes, it could affect your dog and excessive hair shedding could be its physiological way of responding to the situation.

Skin problems
Conditions like dermatitis, ringworm, mites, ticks, fungal or bacterial infections could lead to itchy, tender and rough skin and also lead to excessive hair loss.

Final Thoughts – It's A Normal Process

Get yourself equipped with a heavy duty pet vacuum cleaner and you will be going through the fur in record time!

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