How to Deal with Excessive Shedding

Dealing with Pet Shedding Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalWhen you have an indoor dog, cleaning up hair is a fact of life. Shedding hair is normal for dogs, and some breeds shed more hair than others. However, certain health problems can cause your dog to shed more than usual, and it can be important to be alert to changes in the amount of hair that your dog is shedding. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to tell you how to deal with shedding and why your dog could be shedding more than normal.

How can I keep my dog from shedding so much hair?

Of course, you cannot keep your dog from shedding, but you can reduce how much hair ends up on your floors and furniture. WebMD recommends brushing your dog on a regular basis to help cut back on how much hair is actually shed. 5 Points Animal Hospital can show you the best brushes for the breed of dog you own.

Why is my dog shedding more hair than usual?

If you have noticed that you are sweeping up more dog hair than you usually do, the larger amount could possibly have to do with stress, diet, or a medical issue. Poor nutrition can cause excessive shedding. You should be sure the food you are feeding your dog includes the right amount of nutrients. If you are providing a healthy diet to your dog, you most likely will not need to add any sort of supplements. 5 Points Animal Hospital is happy to give you recommendations on the best food for your dog. Your dog could also be shedding more than normal if he has a flea problem, and we can help you find the best flea preventive medication for your dog to solve this issue. Certain medical problems can also cause excessive shedding, and these include fungal or bacterial infections, immune disease, cancer, and kidney, adrenal, thyroid, and liver disease.

When should I see the vet for excessive hair shedding?

As your dog’s owner, you will most likely know when there is something wrong with your dog’s health, but there are some signs that you should come into our office as soon as possible. WebMD suggests that you need to consult with your vet if you notice any of the following signs persisting for more than a week:

  • Redness, bumps, rashes, scabs, or any other types of skin irritation
  • Open sores
  • Dry hair that you can easily pull out
  • Bald spots
  • Constant licking or scratching

A regular grooming routine should reduce the amount of hair that your dog sheds, but an increase in the amount of hair that is shed can be a sign of another problem. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital if you have noticed that your dog is shedding more hair than usual. We will exam your dog to diagnose and treat the issue to keep your dog healthy and happy.

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