When is too much shedding a cause for worry?

Pet owners usually worry too much about shedding. They fail to realize that this is but a natural way by which a dog’s hair is replaced. Just similar to all the living creatures, a dog’s hair cells need to replenish from time to time to keep it healthy.  Without a healthy coat of hair, your pooch may suffer from skin infection and wounds of many kinds and it is this coat which also provides necessary protection to the dogs from ruthless conditions of weather and helps it keeping the body temperature steady and warm. Now, how do you know when to be actually concerned about your dog’s shedding? Here are few tips to know when.

Shedding is considered safe and a normal happening depending on its evenness and till the time you do not find any part of your pet’s body not being covered by hair. It is possible that some kind of skin infections like fungal infection, etc, may cause the hair to thin out but these happen only in certain specific areas of your pet’s body. Now, if you come across any kind of skin break or wound, then know that it is not normal, at least not normal shedding. Shedding usually keeps the hair coat moisturized, shiny and makes the hair grow evenly and further there should be neither any kind of dryness, bitterness nor hair clumps and bald patches. If you find your dog scratching frequently or if it experiences some sort of pain when you touch its skin, then this arises a cause for concern. Further, shedding should not result in any kind of change in the skin color. If you see any sort of redness, dermatitis or flaking, then you should immediately rush your dog to the veterinarian for check-up. Also make sure if there is any kind of change in your dog’s usual hygiene routine, environment, medication and diet. These changes may eventually result in skin problems and may also increase shedding. If none of the causes for shedding can be determined, you vet may want to carry out come hormonal testing for diagnosis. Diseases like Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism which are diseases related to adrenal hormones may be the cause for physiologically related loss of hair. Moreover, mite bites, bites from tick and fleas may also lead to scratching and which can eventually cause thinning of hair and this phenomenon is known as flea allergy dermatitis. It is always best to consult a vet for determining whether the shedding which your dos undergoes is natural or whether there is a reason to be alarmed and concerned.

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