Facts about shedding
The situation is similar with your four-legged friend: most dogs have to go through this hairy affair twice a year for around 6-8 weeks. The first time when he sheds his winter coat and exchanges it for the thin summer fur and the second time when he adjusts to the cold temperatures and puts on a “thicker fur”.
In general, dogs change their fur in spring and late autumn - but of course they shed in varying amounts throughout the year, depending on the dog breed. For example, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Newfoundlands and St. Bernards usually shed more than a Maltese. Even in old age, dogs increasingly lose their fur. Hair loss can be higher, especially in neutered dogs - but that's not a reason to worry.
Regular fur change is often stressful for your four-legged friend, as it is often accompanied by skin tension and itching.
Proper care during shedding
This makes optimal support for your four-legged friend even more important. We would like to give you a few tips on how you can make this time as pleasant as possible for your dog and yourself - so that you don't remember it as a “hair-raising adventure”.
Brush, brush, brush!
In this way, you can comb out hair that has already fallen out and relieve your four-legged friend's itching. It is important to choose the right brush for your dog's coat.
Moisturizing fur care
Whether shampoos, sprays, conditioners or food oils: optimal skin care and coat care for your dog during this time should provide as much moisture as possible. Our “ Fur love Feed oil is the perfect care extra: It supplies the skin and fur with essential polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 - for the suppleness of the fur. Another recommended feed oil is salmon oil . Fish oil is the perfect addition to dog and cat food and can also contribute to a beautiful coat.
Additionally, support your four-legged friend by ensuring there is sufficient humidity in your four walls, for example with a room humidifier or wet towels in front of the heater and windows.
Attention: Make sure you ventilate regularly and correctly to avoid mold formation.
Nutrition is the be-all and end-all
Rely on a balanced diet and support your pet during the coat change period with high-quality supplementary feed such as feed oils or tablets.
Our brewer's yeast tablets, for example, support your dog's immune system and are an ideal companion for grooming.
Shedding or hair loss?
The following may be behind excessive hair loss:
- unbalanced hormone levels
- Allergies and intolerances
- Restlessness or anxiety
- parasite infestation etc.
Does your four-legged friend suddenly lose a large amount of hair regardless of the seasonal coat change? There is not always an illness behind this phenomenon: many dogs react very sensitively to change. These include, for example, moving, New Year's Eve or the purchase of another pet. It is important that you develop sensitive antennae for your dog's needs - and if in doubt, of course, contact your trusted veterinarian immediately.
With high-quality dog food, coordinated care products and gentle brushing, you can make the period of regular fur change as pleasant as possible for your four-legged friend and help ensure that his new coat looks particularly splendid. Well then – get out the vacuum cleaner and go!