Help!! My Dog Is Shedding!!

Grooming, last updated 10th, Dec 2014, Neha Manchanda


One of the most common sights in a household with pets is the fur / dog hair on the furniture, clothes,floor and almost everywhere else. Though the loss of fur/ hair is a common problem in veterinary medicine, it is often a cause of concern for pet parents. 

For dogs, shedding is a natural way of getting rid of the old hair. However, the frequency of shedding of fur depends solely on the breed. Some dogs, such as German Shepherds and Golden retrievers, shed more especially during change of seasons while others, such as Poodles or Boxers, have minimal or little shedding across seasons. Shedding can be season dependent andpet parents might notice high shedding when the weather and the season changes.

Causes of Hair Shedding

Hair shedding is normal for a most pets and breeds. However, hair fall can also be caused due to stress, poor nutrition or due to some underlying medical problem.

Some of the common causes of high hair fall in dogs are:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Lack of necessary vitamins and supplements
  • Flea or tick infestation
  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Allergies
  • Medical ailments such as kidney or liver problems
  • Excessive licking
  • Cancer and cancer treatment

Hair Shedding Treatment

A healthy dog will shed hair and there is nothing that pet parents can do about it. However, the amount of hair shed can be controlled. Some of the common ways to minimise hair shedding are:

  1. Good quality food - It is imperative to feed good quality food to dogs. One of the best ways to reduce excessive hair fall is to give the dog a healthy diet. If your dog eats dry dog food / kibble, choose a high quality product that has a balanced nutritional value. In case you provide home cooked food to your dog, do ensure that the food has a high fiber and protein content. Good quality food will ensure that the skin does not dry and hence reduce hair fall.
  2. Check for infestation - In case your dog has a tick or flea infestation, treatment with flea and tick shampoos is advised. If your dog has access to wooded or grassy area, regular baths with a tick or flea shampoo and use of a tick & flea collar will be helpful in keeping the ticks and fleas at bay.
  3. Include supplements in the diet - Even though your dog may be getting a protein rich and high fiber diet, as the puppy grows, they also require additional supplements for an overall healthy growth. Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplements will ensure a soft and silky coat for your pooch, while calcium and multivitamin supplements will lead to good health and high immunity.
  4. Regular grooming - Regular grooming is a must for all dogs, especially the ones who are prone to shedding. Regular brushing of the fur will ensure that there is no matting. It will remove all loose or dead hair and hence minimise shedding.
  5. Use a good deshedding tool - While brushing, use a deshedding tool so that the dead hair is removed and dog gets a tangle free coat. Regular use of this tool also helps in checking for tick / flea infestation, skin infections or skin dryness.


In case changes in the diet and grooming do not reduce the shedding of hair, medical intervention is advised. The vet will be able to check up and understand the causes of excessive shedding of the fur. The veterinarian may check the dog for:

  • Any skin rashes or irritation
  • Alopecia / bald spots
  • Dry / dull hair 
  • Any sores on the skin
  • Tick or flea infestation

Do you have a solution to control hair shedding? Do write into us and share!

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