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Dog hair loss: is the four-legged friend sick?

If your dog suddenly loses more fur than usual, this hair loss can have various causes. A few signals can help you distinguish whether fur loss is normal or disease-related. Hair loss in dogs can have various causes - Image: Shutterstock / mariait

When and how much hair a dog loses varies from breed to breed and depending on the housing conditions. While some dogs only let wool properly twice a year during the change of fur, others shed all year round.

Normal hair loss in dogs

If you have the following features in addition to hair loss, you usually don't need to worry about your four-legged friend. The fur of a healthy dog, even if it has a little more hair than usual, is shiny and strong. It shows neither bald spots nor inflamed, reddened skin areas. The dog does not scratch and groom excessively, is just as lively as usual and plays and eats normally.

With regular brushing and a healthy diet, you should quickly get your dog's hairy problem under control again. If you are unsure, do not be afraid to go to the vet again. Here it can be clarified beyond doubt whether the fur loss is within the normal range or can be classified as pathological.

Loss of fur as a symptom of illness

You should definitely and promptly see a veterinarian if you notice one or more of the following symptoms in your darling:

● shaggy, dull or oily fur
● bald spots
● itching
● Skin irritation
● vomiting
● cramps
● diarrhea
● changed eating or sleeping behavior

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Pathological causes of fur loss

Reasons for hair loss in dogs that require veterinarian treatment include:

● parasites
● Metabolic disease
● fungal infection
● Food intolerance

In addition to the veterinarian, a dog trainer or animal psychologist trained in behavioral psychology can also help you with the following behavioral problems that can be associated with hair loss:

● stress
● depression
● aggression

The vet will find out exactly what is causing your four-legged friend to lose hair. Depending on how his diagnosis turns out, he will determine the appropriate measures and treatment options. In case of doubt: let your loyal companion check through again to get clarity about the health of your pet in the event of hair loss.