Is Your Dog Shedding Too Much? Reasons Behind It and How to Manage It

While shedding is natural for dogs, too much shedding or bald patches can be indications of underlying health problems. Let’s talk about how to solve the issue…
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Unless you have a hairless dog breed like the American hairless terrier or Peruvian Inca, your pet will shed hair. While shedding is natural for dogs, too much shedding or bald patches can be indications of underlying health problems. In this article, we will talk about that and how to solve the issue.

Reasons Why Dogs Shed Too Much

A pet’s body will shed naturally to get rid of damaged and old hair to maintain a good coat. But if you feel that your dog is shedding too much, these can be the reason.

Breed

Every dog breed sheds hair. Poodles and Maltese are known to shed minimally, while some other dog breeds can shed a lot of hair. Some of those dog breeds are German Shepherds, Saint Bernard, Labrador, Siberian Husky, Boston Terrier, and Corgi. Some of these dog breeds can shed all year round.

Weather

Dogs shed more during spring. They develop a thick coat during winter that they get rid of when the weather starts getting warmer.

Underlying Medical Problems

If your dog’s excessive shedding is not due to either of the two factors mentioned above, it might be due to an underlying medical problem. You can check if you can see the following symptoms in your dog.

    • Presence of bald spots
    • Exceptionally thin hair
    • Unnatural bumps, red rashes, or scabs
    • Raw open wounds
    • Excessive rubbing off the face
    • Excessive scratching
    • Licking a spot over and over again

It is best to take your dog to a veterinary doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. The vet will be able to examine, conduct tests, and diagnose the exact problem behind your pet’s condition. Some of the medical issues can be:

    • Incomplete nutrition
    • Fungal or bacterial infection
    • Infestation of fleas, worms, or other parasites
    • Allergic reactions
    • Kidney or liver diseases
    • Affected immune system
    • Hormonal disbalance
    • Reaction to certain medicines
    • Cancer

Based on the examination, the vet will prescribe preventive measures and treatment.

How Can You Manage Your Dog’s Excessive Shedding?

Other than medical treatment, you can also do a few things to reduce your dog’s shedding.

Proper Nutrition

Managing your dog’s nutrition is one of the best things you can do to ensure that your dog has a healthy coat. Whether you make your dog’s food or buy it from online stores like PetCareRx.com, make sure that it contains adequate animal protein. Animal protein has the right amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids essential for a dog to maintain healthy skin and coat.

If your dog likes eating fish, you can buy dog foods that contain fishes like tuna, salmon, or mackerel that are high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. You can also add some olive oil or flaxseed oil to your dog’s food to make sure it gets adequate amounts of essential fatty acids.

Stress Management

Your dog might shed a lot of hair if it is feeling stressed. You may not realize it, but dogs can be sensitive to the slightest changes in their routines or environment. Make sure that you maintain its routine, such as feeding, walking, bedtime, and others, to ensure that you do not cause excessive stress for your dog. If you have to leave your dog alone at home, make sure it has some activity to indulge with.

Also, ensure that you leave home and return at the same time each day. If your dog seems agitated or scared due to changes in the environment, such as a new person coming to your house every day, you will have to reassure it verbally or by petting it. You can also use treats to help out get used to environmental changes.

Regular Bathing and Grooming

Regular bathing and brushing your dog stimulates new hair growth and helps in maintaining its coat. It will also help in reducing the spread of hair all over the house. You will find several choices of shampoos and brushes, each meant for different kinds of coats.

Make sure that you choose the right one to get the best results for your dog. You may have to brush or bathe more frequently during spring as it sheds more during that time.

It might be impossible to stop your pet’s shedding altogether. However, you can manage it effectively if you follow the factors that we discussed in this article. If your dog is shedding too much, you have to understand the reason behind it first. That will help you to find the best possible solution for the problem.

Also, make sure that you consult a veterinary doctor as soon as you notice any signs of excessive hair loss. You can try putting on some clothes on your dog as that will prevent the hair from spreading everywhere.

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Anxiety is Almost Unavoidable These Days

With the Corona virus running rampant the stress level for many of us is nearly off the charts. Fear of getting sick and the stress of being confined to our homes, along with the huge strain that comes with struggling to make ends meet after losing a job have all contributed to leaving many of us teetering on the brink… CONTINUE READING >> 

Nearly everybody has experienced anxiety at some time or another; it is simply a part of life in the modern world. Fortunately it is most often not severe and doesn’t require seeking any professional help.

However, with the Corona virus running rampant these days the stress level for many of us is nearly off the charts. Fear of getting sick, the pressure of striving to keep others from contracting the disease, the stress of being confined to our homes and the upending of our normal routines, along with the huge strain that comes with struggling to make ends meet after losing a job have all contributed to leaving many of us teetering on the brink.

With that in mind, seeking some help may be something to seriously consider. It is certainly nothing to feel strange, ashamed, nervous, or inadequate about.

In fact, if our family is typical, and it seems to be from our discussions with friends, almost every family has faced the need to ask for psychiatric help at some time… especially during this pandemic. Here is an article from BetterHelp that helps to explain the process of psychotherapy for anxiety.

You may think that it’s no big deal. Everyone gets stressed out, right? Yes, that’s true, but there are signs that your stress levels may be approaching a danger point and that something much more severe than the normal strains of day to day life are taking place. With all that is happening right now it is vitally important that we are on the lookout for these red flags.

Often the symptoms can come on slowly, so it may be hard to notice them at first. But difficulty sleeping even though you feel fatigued is a warning sign, as is difficulty concentrating or focusing or feeling fearful or panicked for no apparent reason. This leads to never really being able to relax or calm down.

If these warning signs progress and begin to manifest as physical problems, such as dizziness, nausea, high blood pressure, or heart palpitations, then you are definitely experiencing something well beyond normal stress or anxiety.

Finally, if there are any thoughts of suicide or self-harm it is imperative that you seek help immediately.

In our family’s case, we have had several relations that embraced psychotherapy through the years in order to manage anxiety. As would be expected with this pandemic, a couple of those occurrences were this year, and we have no doubt that the Corona virus was the main contributing factor in these episodes.

For the sake of privacy I will not go into too much detail about the individual incidents, but suffice it to say it was serious and stemmed directly from the factors that we mentioned earlier in this article.

Luckily other family members were around and noticed that things were slipping into dangerous territory. As the anxiety escalated, the whole family rallied and was onboard with doing anything and everything that we could to help.

That meant pushing for seeing a trained therapist and participating in psychotherapy. Once we accomplished that, we then we made sure to offer our support and encouragement to follow all of the therapist’s recommendations.

We were very fortunate that the person who experienced the anxiety was open to this process and was willing to devote the time and effort to give the therapy a good chance of success.

Encouragement toward the goal might just be where family and friends can be the biggest help. In our case, the whole family rallied around and made ourselves available to join in group therapy and help to facilitate a full recovery.

We were fortunate enough to have a positive outcome. We also learned the valuable lesson that anxiety can strike anyone, any time, so we need to remain diligent in watching for the warning signs, especially until this current situation gets better.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Travelling Around the World this Christmas

Until recently, we’ve been wondering when we’ll be able to experience the world again. Then we found an incredible website called Virtualtrips and realized that we can go pretty much anywhere right from home… CONTINUE READING >> 

Up until recently, we’ve been wondering when we’ll be able to experience the world again.

Then we found an incredible website called Virtualtrips and realized that we can go pretty much anywhere right from home!

This festive season we’re planning to see the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, tour Moscow’s Red Square all lit up and stroll through the decorated windows of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Not sure you could’ve asked for a better present for travel addicts like us!

The best thing is, it’s a surprisingly social experience. You can do it with your friends and family, and meet some other travel lovers while doing it. The guides are also incredible. Not only do they really know their stuff, but they all have such great personalities that make you laugh.

The whole platform was started only a few months ago and you can already visit over 22 cities across 5 continents – with new places being added every week.

You can join us and thousands of other travellers from here: www.virtualtrips.io

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com