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Spring Shedding or Hair Loss?

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
husky dog laying down and human hand holding a large clump of shedded dog hair

Do you feel that your dog is shedding more and more lately? You’re not crazy, over-shedding is normal if it happens twice a year and in a consistent manner. But how can you be sure if it is just seasonal/spring shedding or hair loss? An easy way to tell is if there is no alopecia (bald spots) or itchiness associated with the shedding, it’s likely just spring shedding.

What Is Seasonal Shedding?

Dogs and cats shed during the spring and fall and that is because of the weather changes. During the spring, temperatures are rising, so long-haired dogs start losing their winter coat to be ready for the warmer temperatures. During the fall, when the temperature starts falling, they lose their spring/summer coat, to prepare their skin and coat for the winter.

White long-haired cat laying on a grey blanket and a human holding a large ball of cat hair. Spring shedding or hair loss

For long-haired dogs and cats, this process is more visible as you often swipe tufts and tufts of fur. As a Golden Retriever mom, I can tell you that I could probably make another Golden Retriever out of all the fur that my dog sheds in the spring and fall. On the other hand, short-haired dogs and cats may shed all year round, just like we lose hair all year round. The difference in shedding during spring and fall for short-haired pets may not be as noticeable as it is in long-haired pets.

When Is Shedding Not Normal?

Once you know that shedding is normal, it is also important to know how to differentiate shedding from hair loss caused by an underlying health issue. Shedding is usually uniform throughout the body, neither leaving bald spots nor damaging the skin. Whereas, itchiness, red and inflamed skin, and bald spots (alopecia) may be symptoms of diseases like allergies, skin problems, and infection. In these cases, we would always suggest you take your baby to your trusted veterinarian for a full consultation.

Close up of a bald spot on a white and brown cat

How To Manage Your Pet’s Shedding

You don’t like the shedding? It is not possible to avoid it, but it is possible to make it more manageable. Keeping the health of the coat and skin is the key to decrease fur loss. Brushing your pet regularly can help to remove dead fur while stimulating the regrowth of the fur and preventing matting.

Woman brushing a golden retriever outside

Supplements To Support Skin and Coat Health

Here are some supplements that may help with the maintenance of healthy skin and coat for your furbaby, as well as support their general health.

Petomega 3 is a daily supplement to enhance overall health and well-being. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for the maintenance of skin and coat and overall health.

Multi Essentials helps to fill dietary gaps, supports digestion, and promotes strong muscle and bone growth. It contains herbs that are naturally high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help your kitty or pup of any age have energy and vitality for a happy life.

Coco Furcare is an all-natural, multipurpose topical spray. It helps support the skin and coat health while keeping them smelling clean and fresh. It also helps their coat look shiny, soothe symptoms of skin allergies, and helps shields against bug bites.

If you have more questions about your pet’s coat and skin health, we are here to help! Just send us an email or start chatting with our pet experts by using the button below.

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: March 17, 2021

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