Itching & Co are often accompanying symptoms for a dog when he’s losing fur. Learn how your four-legged friend can best deal with this change!
A dog losing fur is something almost every dog owner has to deal with. Unfortunately, more often than not, this is accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, such as itchiness. Would you like to support your dog through this process and accelerate the loss of fur without itching? Or is this process just ahead of you? Then read these very useful tips and tricks to make the experience smoother for your furry friend!
Dog losing fur: what does it mean for your pooch
The dog losing fur process poses a heavy burden on the metabolism of your dog. Moreover, it affects various parts of our dog’s body. That’s why sometimes you will notice an uncommon fur around your dog’s’ eyes, on the tail, face, neck or even on the paws or mouth. But don’t worry, losing fur in various body parts is also something pretty common. With proper nutrition and good care of the skin, at least the itching symptom can be eliminated.
Did you know? Twice a year, depending on the breed and age, almost every dog goes through the process of losing fur for 6-8 weeks.
Usually, your four-legged friend is losing fur during the change from winter to spring, because he is losing his winter coat. The same happens in autumn when your dog is creating room for the new thick winter fur. Changes in daylight and temperature indicate to your dog when the time for a thinner or thicker coat has come. Furthermore, released hormones, such as before the heat period or after castration, also speed up the process of your dog losing fur.
The best tips and tricks against itchiness in the case of a dog losing fur
- Brushing: Brushing out the old, dead hair on your dog will make him feel less itchy.
- Humidity: Especially during the winter season, rooms are dry and this can worsen itching. Don’t forget to place a bowl of water on the heater. Your dog will thank you for this!
- Shampoo: Oily dog shampoos ensure more moisture on the skin and can also be a good tool against parasites.
- Food: When your dog is losing fur, he has a higher need for essential fatty acids. A deficiency can cause itching and dandruff. Essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body itself and therefore they have to be ingested through the diet. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are especially important. The most important natural oils include black cumin oil, linseed oil, hemp oil, evening primrose oil, salmon oil, walnut oil, safflower oil and cod oil. But be careful: a few drops are usually enough, as too high a dosage may cause diarrhea!
- Allergies: Just like people, dogs can suffer from allergies. For example, many dogs can’t tolerate cereals. Make sure that the wet food of your dog is of a low cereal and high meat content. Ignoring the risk of allergies can be dangerous. For example, if your furry friend suffers from a dog pollen allergy, take this into consideration while planning some long walks in the park.
- Vitamins: Vitamin H, also called Biotin, has a positive effect on your dog’s hair, skin and crawl quality.
More often than not, parasites such as mites, ticks or fleas are the simplest explanation for itching. In this case, you have various possible remedies for tick control.
This is how your puppy will first experience the dog losing fur process
Your dog will lose his fur for the first time as a puppy, when he loses his original baby coat. This type of coat is very soft and cuddly. After losing the baby coat, a new type of fur will grow and your dog will soon have the “adult” fur. This process can stretch in time from a few weeks to a few months.
Tip: Get your dog used to brushing and grooming as a puppy. This way, he will not fear these instruments and you can make the process of losing fur more pleasant for your furry friend!