Why do dogs shed?

Seasonal shedding

Dogs shed their fur seasonally to adapt to the changing weather. In the spring, they shed their thick winter coat to make way for a thinner, lighter coat for the summer.


Puppies and senior dogs tend to shed more than adult dogs. This is because puppies are growing rapidly and their hair follicles are constantly producing new hair.


Certain health conditions can also cause dogs to shed more. For example, dogs with allergies may shed more because their skin is irritated.


A poor diet can also lead to excessive shedding. Dogs need a diet that is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids to keep their coat healthy and prevent shedding.


Stress can also cause dogs to shed more. When a dog is stressed, their body releases hormones that can trigger shedding.

How to manage shedding

Brushing your dog regularly will help to remove loose hair and prevent it from matting. You can also bathe your dog with a shampoo that is designed to help with shedding.


Shedding is a normal part of a dog's life. However, excessive shedding can be a sign of a health problem.

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