understanding dogs and fur

understanding dogs and fur. Image: Pexels

Why does my dog leave fur everywhere?

Dogs shed to regulate temperature, with seasonal changes and hormones triggering moulting of old fur……

understanding dogs and fur

understanding dogs and fur. Image: Pexels

Have you noticed tumbleweeds of fur rolling around your house lately? It’s likely your canine companion has begun their seasonal shed. Shedding is a natural process for dogs, but what exactly triggers this furry phenomenon?

A report by 1800PetMeds suggests that healthy dogs shed less fur than their unwell counterparts. This difference can be attributed to parasites in some unhealthy dogs. These parasites steal nutrients that would otherwise nourish the dog’s skin and hair follicles, leading to increased shedding as a side effect.

Here’s a breakdown of the key factors influencing doggy moulting:

Unveiling the Reasons Behind the Fur:

  • Seasonal Shifts:
    • Temperature Regulation: Just like we swap out our wardrobes for the seasons, dogs adjust their coats to maintain comfort. Many breeds, particularly those with double coats (a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat), shed heavily in the spring to lighten up for warmer weather. Conversely, a lighter shed in autumn allows for a thicker coat to grow in preparation for winter chills.
  • Daylight Hours:
    • Photoperiod Response: Some breeds, especially those with origins in Nordic regions, are attuned to changes in daylight hours. Increased sunlight in spring prompts them to shed their winter coat, while decreasing daylight in autumn stimulates growth of a denser coat.
  • Hormonal Fluctuations:
    • Pregnancy and Lactation: Female dogs experience hormonal changes during pregnancy and lactation (nursing). These hormonal shifts can trigger shedding as their bodies prioritise different needs.
    • Coming of Age: Puppies naturally shed their puppy coat as they mature into their adult fur. This typically occurs around six months to a year old.
  • Underlying Health Issues:
    • Not All Shedding is Normal: While seasonal shedding is natural, excessive hair loss can indicate an underlying health concern. Conditions like allergies, skin infections, parasites, and even stress can manifest as abnormal shedding. If you notice your dog losing fur excessively, consult your veterinarian to rule out any medical causes.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies:
    • Fuel for a Healthy Coat: A well-balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential nutrients is vital for maintaining a healthy coat and minimising shedding. Consult your vet to ensure your dog’s food provides the nutrients they need for optimal skin and fur health.

By understanding the reasons behind shedding, you can better anticipate the moulting madness and take steps to manage it. Regular brushing helps remove loose fur before it ends up on your furniture, and a healthy diet promotes a shiny, healthy coat that sheds less. If you’re concerned about the amount your dog is shedding, a trip to the vet can help identify any potential health issues.


Artificial Intelligence assisted in compiling this article.