|dog losing his hair|
my dog losing his hair! what are you doingUnfortunately, our dear little fur balls have the unpleasant habit of losing them. a dog that loses its hair is normal but it is often a problem for its owner. together we will see how a dog's hair loss works and the origins of this hair loss. we will see how to limit this hair loss and what solutions really work to live, as well as possible on a daily basis, with a dog that loses its hair.
Hair is the basic element of a dog's coat. It consists of two parts:
- The root or follicle of the hair, implanted in the dermis,
- The hair shaft, a visible part made up of a protein called keratin. the condition of the coat is an important indicator of your dog's health.
it is a visible reflection of your pet's state of health: a dull, dry and sparse coat is always a sign of an anomaly.
Throughout your pet's life, the hair develops, then falls, then grows back, in a regular cycle that ensures the coat's homogeneity and isothermal functions, among other things. It is therefore normal for hair to grow and die and eventually decorate your home.
However, it is necessary to differentiate between:
Hair loss called normal hair loss:
Twice a year your dog's hair loss increases.
These are seasonal or molted hair falls. Molts occur in the spring when your dog loses its winter coat and in the fall when your dog loses its summer hair and replaces it with the more consistent winter coat. molts are more important for dogs with long hair, or for dogs with thick hair whose breed originates from cold regions.
Hair loss is known as abnormal hair loss:
In the case of gestation, for example, or when giving birth, there is an increase in the amount of hair loss. there are also many diseases that cause your dog to lose hair, but this subject will be the subject of a future article.
so how can you slow down your dog's hair loss?
dog-who-loses-his-hairs Since a dog's hair loss is natural, it cannot be avoided.
on the other hand, we can make sure to "slow it down". for that there is only one solution: make sure your dog is in great shape!
a dog that is not in good health will have poor quality hair and "tired" skin, these factors will lead to an increase in hair loss compared to a healthy dog. there are therefore three important points to control to limit your dog's hair loss: feeding, bathing, and brushing.
Food: the key to a good coat
Feeding is one of the most important elements for a healthy dog with a beautiful coat.
A good diet with rations adapted to your dog's lifestyle will help to slow hair loss. you can also check with your veterinarian to see which food supplement would be best for your dog.
I have read that some natural products can have very good results I have not yet tested but I will keep you informed:
- Brewer's yeast,
- Hemp oil,
- Olive oil (tested by a friend with an egg yolk and indeed his dog has a beautiful coat). be careful not to change your dog's diet abruptly, do it little by little.
A good bath to slow down hair loss bathing your dog no more than once a month (giving too much bath dries the dog's skin and can, therefore, increase hair loss). the bath accelerates the molting phenomenon by allowing your dog's skin to breathe better and therefore gradually lose less hair. I know that bathing your dog is still a challenge for some masters. in a future article, I will give you some techniques to train your dog to take a gentle bath)
brushing to recover dog hair:
brushing is essential, it is also a privileged moment between you and your dog.
a dog loves to be brushed, personally as soon as I have the brush in my hands it's a real celebration every time. I have tested different accessories and today I only use two of them. One manual and the other mechanical (when I'm in a hurry).
The furminator brush:
This brush has considerably reduced the loss of my dog's bristles, and since I use it I have been vacuuming much less. it is more effective than all combs, brushes, and curries. according to my veterinarian, it removes undercoats and dead hair without damaging the epidermis, and it distributes the natural fat of the skin, which is very good for the coat.
In short, I wouldn't know exactly what the difference is between this brush and another one, but it's the best tool I've found, it's inexpensive and my dog and I love it (click here to learn more).
the dyson groom vacuum cleaner for dog hair:
I am lucky to have a Dyson vacuum cleaner and recently I bought a special tip to "vacuum my dog". it has been designed to gently comb the dogs' coats to capture loose hair, dead skin, and allergens. It's very simple: I install it on the vacuum cleaner and brush my dog normally.
as the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the dead hair.
For those who are not equipped with Dyson, know that it is a very good investment because a quality vacuum cleaner is very useful when you have a dog. There are many models at different prices (click here for more information).
Otherwise know that this type of tip exists for any type of vacuum cleaner hoping for your dog, that it is as silent as a Dyson)