Dogs shed hair 2 major reasons
1. physical hair loss
Seasonal hair loss
2. pathological hair loss
Commonly caused by "parasitic infections (cysticercus, mange, fleas)" caused by skin disease, will cause the dog's body large-scale hair loss, severe scratching, and in severe cases will make the dog weak, lack of mental strength. There is also a hereditary allergic dermatitis called atopic dermatitis, which causes redness, itching and hair loss all over the dog's body.
For more information on dog skin diseases, please see this article: Top 5 Types of Dog Skin Diseases! Know the dog skin mold, away from crusting and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Some dogs are particularly sensitive to specific food ingredients, special environments, owners should avoid allowing their dogs to eat food containing allergens; and some dogs are easily sensitive to shampoos, skin care products in the chemical substances, will lead to skin redness, itching, hair loss serious.
Dogs and cats can also experience high levels of psychological stress, perhaps due to anxiety and stress caused by a change in environment or the addition of a new member to the family. It is recommended that the owner should calm the cat's emotions and eliminate its nervousness.
Defects in the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands may cause different degrees of hair loss in dogs.
The main component of the dog's hair is keratin, when the uneven or insufficient nutrition will affect the growth rate and quality of hair, will also cause the dog abnormal hair loss.
Dog hair loss three solutions
1. Select the right special shampoo
The epidermis of human skin has about 10~15 layers, but the epidermis of dogs has only 3~5 layers, because the skin layer is thinner and more fragile, so bathing must be carefully selected bathing products to avoid the chemical composition of poor quality bathing lotion to harm the dog's skin. It is recommended that the owner choose a reliable brand with low irritating ingredients, and then choose the right shampoo according to the length of the dog's hair. 2.
2. Bathing frequency should be noted
As mentioned above, the dog's skin is weak, if too frequent bathing, it is easy to wash away the protective oils on the surface of the skin, making the skin more fragile and causing skin diseases. Usually you can use special pet wipes for dogs to clean the body. Try to reduce the frequency of dog bathing, you can arrange once a week, if it is winter or usually do not go outside the dog, once a month can also be.
3. 5 Steps to Proper Bathing
STEP 1 ➜ comb your dog's hair
Combing can untangle tangled hairballs and avoid pulling during the bathing process, which can be painful and uncomfortable for your dog. It is also a good way to check for wounds and parasites.
STEP 2 ➜ Wet slowly
Avoid using too strong a jet of water, or water that is too hot or too cold to bathe your dog. It is recommended that you start with your dog's limbs to get used to the water temperature, and then gradually work your way up to wetting the entire body.
STEP 3 ➜ Rub gently
Do not rub your dog's body vigorously to avoid agitation, and avoid running cleaning products into the eyes, nose, and mouth when washing the head.
STEP 4 ➜ Wash and dry
Don't let your dog shake off the water and dry naturally. In addition to avoiding catching a cold, damp skin is also an easy place for mold to breed.
STEP 5 ➜ blow dry the whole body
Dry the hair thoroughly to avoid hairballs, mold growth or colds. But remember that the temperature and distance of the hair dryer should be the same in order not to burn your dog.