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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.

Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching?

Is Your Pet Constantly Scratching Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalDoes it seem like every time you see your cat or dog, he is scratching himself? You may think he has a flea problem, and while this may be true, there are several other reasons your pet could be constantly scratching himself. Your cat or dog could have allergy problems, sensitivity to certain grasses, or even a diet issue. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we can help find exactly what is causing the itching problem and treat your pet to relieve his constant scratching. We would like to tell you more about some of the possible reasons for this condition besides fleas and ticks.

Environmental

If your dog loves to swim, dig around gopher holes, and run through fields, he could end up with a scratching problem. Not only are some dogs allergic to certain plants, but they can also get patches of moist eczema, or “hot spots” from exposure to water. If these patches are left untreated, they can easily spread and become infected. 5 Points Animal Hospital can treat these types of skin problems and give you tips on preventing these issues in the future.

Nutritional

Your pets need proper nourishment, or they could end up with skin problems as their entire bodies are continuously in a state of stress, according to PetMD. We strongly recommend that you feed your cat or dog a high-quality meat-based food. If you feed your pets commercial pet food, you should look to see that the first ingredient is meat (beef, poultry, lamb, or fish) to avoid skin problems.

Infectious

Your cat or dog can have coat or skin problems from bacterial and fungal organisms. If you notice circular patches of hair loss, your pet could have ringworm, which is a fungal infection that is contagious to other animals as well as humans. While this may sound scary, ringworm is easily treated, and 5 Points Animal Hospital can apply treatment in our office. Infectious bacteria dermatitis is a very common skin problem in dogs, and it can be so irritating to your dog that he will constantly lick the lesion, which undoes any previous healing. The best way to treat infectious dermatitis is to clip the hair away from the area to allow it to dry. We can give your dog both a topical medication and oral antibiotics to stop the bacterial organisms from invading your dog’s skin.

Of course, fleas and ticks are another big reason why your cat or dog is constantly scratching. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to make an appointment for your pet to relieve his itching.

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