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My 12 month Cocker is loosing hair, help?

Going thru a very difficult problem with my 12months cocker. he is into too much of shedding for past 10 days,he is losing bunches of hair everyday, and its all over my home, we live in an apartment so its hard to manage.he is on royal canine these days and was done with deworming about 15days back. is it coz of that medicine? he had such beautiful coat and now its half gone. i brush him twice a day to keep it clean, but to no use. need urgent help.
By Abhilasha Sharma · 09 Oct 2012 1:32 pm

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By Navjot Singh · 10 Oct 2012 4:14 pm
As long as your dog is loosing hair from all over his body, this is completely normal and you need not worry. Your dog is undergoing seasonal shedding. Unlike humans, dog undergoes a shedding cycle wherein the old dull fur shed and new shinny fur come out.
I'm not sure which deshedding brush you are using. Are you using a normal bristle brush?? If yes, then you have not chosen the right one to serve the given purpose. There are special brushes which catch dead fur very easily from the coat. You you can browse these products in this website.
Don't given too much bath to the pet as frequent bathing cause skin infection. You can also feed good hair supplements like Nutricoat which promote hair regrowth.
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By Abhilasha Sharma · 12 Oct 2012 6:14 pm
thanks a lot navjot, he mainly losing fur from his legs and body (almost all over),i\\\'m using Rake comb, and slicker brush, and the dematting brush if required. i usually bathe him in 15-20days coz he catches a lot of dust while taking a walk outside, but as the winters are coming in,i\\\'ll reduce the frequency of it. what all supplements can be given to him to control and start hair growth??
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By Navjot Singh · 13 Oct 2012 10:40 am
Abhilash, as this is a foreign breed, it takes time for this dog to adjust themselves in the local climate. Remember, Labrador developed in England which is a very cold country. In hot climate, Labrador will loose all it's thick fur so that soft fur can trap air and keep the body cool. Likewise, in Winters, they loose soft fur and gain thick coat which helps them generate heat in their body. It's all natural process.
The shedding should now stop. You are using a right brush. However, try not to brush him inside the flat. Take him out of the house, like in a park and then brush him all over as this will ensure that the dead fur are disposed off outside the house and they won't cause menace in your neighborhood.
You can use Nutricoat or any other hair supplement available for dogs in the market.
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By Abhilasha Sharma · 13 Oct 2012 7:15 pm
have started wid nuticoat today and another biotin suppliment from this site only. actually he's American Cocker not a Lab. any way i got ur point. what should be the frequency of bathing them? i once saw it on a tv programme that its ok to bathe them once a month or whenever they are dirty?
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By Navjot Singh · 13 Oct 2012 7:34 pm
Abhilasha, the same principle applies to Cocker Spaniel as well. They are also cold climate dogs, not typically suitable for hot countries like India. They also undergo several changes to adapt themselves to the given climate.
You should bathe him only once in a month, brush him daily so that his coat is dust-free. Clean his paws with a dry towel. Dogs don't really have to undergo bathing. In fact dogs that are given fewer bath are less vulnerable to skin diseases. You can clean him on a weekly basis with a good dry bath shampoo in which you don't have to use water. You just have to spray the solution and rub with a towel to see a clean and shiny coat. I'm sure if you use a dry bath shampoo, you may not even feel need to water bath him.
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By Navjot Singh · 13 Oct 2012 7:43 pm
If you have any other issues, you can contact me on FB as well. I'm more active there. http://www.facebook.com/navjot .singh.92560281
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By Ayon Saha · 23 Dec 2012 4:21 pm
Replace Nutricoat with SanCoat. Check if your dog is free from skin infection or ecto-parasites. Some times liver problems also results in shedding. Besides, take season into consideration. My lab, too is undergoing the normal winter-season shedding and my mom shouts at me every time as her furs are all around.
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