How much shedding is too much? Let’s get one thing straight excessive dog shedding and fur loss are not the same things. If your dog is experiencing fur loss, then there could be an underlying issue going on.
Fur loss can happen as a result of sunburn, contact with abrasive material, or because your dog is licking too much. If you notice that your dog is licking excessively, contact your veterinarian to get to the root of the cause.
Like humans, dogs can lose fur as a result of stress. You might recognize fur loss after stressful changes or situations such as a big move or a trip to the veterinarian.
The number one cause of fur loss in dogs is poor nutrition. That bag of cheap kibble at the grocery store isn’t going to benefit your dog’s diet. Instead, you should make sure that your dog is getting enough animal protein and minerals through various high-quality foods. Talk to your veterinarian about implementing a personalized diet for your pooch.
Hormonal imbalances in dogs can cause fur loss. These issues include an underactive thyroid and over or under-production of testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Dogs experiencing hormonal fur loss often display signs of dry, brittle hair. Your veterinarian can prescribe medication to resolve hormonal-related fur loss.
Finally, allergies can result in dog shedding hair in clumps. Yes, allergies can contribute to fur loss. Many different situations, such as changes in weather or exposure to new environments, can cause your dog to have an allergic reaction.