Control Excessive Dog Shedding

Dog Hair Fall Reasons And How To Control Excessive Shedding

Dog Hair Fall Reasons And How To Control Excessive Shedding

Many dog owners are concerned their dog is shedding or losing hair excessively in a particular season, there may be many reasons for this.

You should never ignore these things because frequent and too much hair loss may be a symptom of some health issues also. Shedding depends upon many factors like- Season, breed of the dog, and health condition.

Here we will know about Dog shedding in detail, its factors, its reasons, and some home remedies or tricks to control excessive hair loss.

What is Dog shedding?

Shedding is the loosening of hairs or fur of the dog’s coat. Almost all dog breeds shed, some of them shed high and some low.

Most dog breeds only shed heavily during a particular season called Shedding season. The shedding season for the majority of dog breeds is spring and fall season.

Some of the dog breeds shed all year round moderately.

Why do dogs shed their hair?

Usually, dogs shed their hair to keep their body temperature low and to remove the excess dead & old hair from their body during the season change.

Factors on which amount of Shedding in Dog depends

Shedding of the dog depends upon many factors-

  • Diet & Nutrition: Diet plays a major role in determining the health of the dog. The Diet of dogs should be nutritious enough to maintain their daily nutritional requirement. If the dog is not getting enough nutrition in his diet it may result in the weakening of the roots of the hair. For example, a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids and zinc can cause high shedding.


  • Breed: The shedding of the dog depends highly upon its breed. Dog breeds with long-haired and heavy coats will shed more in comparison to short-haired dog breeds. For example, A German Shepherd will shed more in comparison to a Doberman.


  • Season: Every dog shed more in a particular season, during their shedding season. The majority of dog breeds shed more in the Spring season.


  • Health condition: There are some health issues in which a dog sheds more. For example in a few fungal infections and liver diseases, the dog sheds higher than normal.


  • Age: Age also determines the amount of shedding. Old dogs shed higher than adult ones because as the dog grows older his hair also gets weaker and thinner.


  • Lifestyle: The lifestyle and living conditions of the dog also determines the level of shedding. A dog who spends more time indoors will shed less in comparison to a dog who spends more time playing outside.

Reasons for Abnormal and excessive shedding in Dogs 

  • High shedding also occurs in some Health Issues including Fungal or bacterial infection, Hypothyroidism, Liver diseases, Parasites, Cancer, Sunburn, and adrenal problems.
  • Hormonal changes
  • Immune diseases so you should always monitor the eating habits and appetite of your dog
  • Food infection
  • Parasites (mites, fleas, and lice)
  • Scratching, biting, and licking of the skin by the dog himself due to Itching
  • During Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Sudden change in a dog’s surroundings or lifestyle
  • Side effects of some medicines
  • Frequent Bathing
  • Change in Diet

How to control Dog shedding?

How to stop dog hair fall
How to stop dog hair fall

You must understand that shedding is a natural process that occurs in all dogs, it can’t be stopped or prevented completely but you can control or reduce it.

Here are some proven ways to control or reduce shedding in dogs-

Bathing your dog regularly

Giving regular baths to your dog can help in controlling shedding as it helps in washing away the extra dead hairs from the coat of your dog.

It also helps in removing fleas and also reduces the chances of bacterial & fungal infections.

Make sure the dog shampoo which you use for your dog suits his skin and coat. Ask your Vet for choosing the one.

Be sure you don’t bathe your dog too frequently. You can bathe your dog about once or twice every couple of months or whenever you feel your dog’s coat is becoming filthy.

Feeding your dog a proper Nutritious diet

A diet plays an important role in determining the quality and strength of your dog’s hair. Make sure your dog is getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals which are necessary for gaining hair strength.

You can add Eggs, salmon, and tuna to the list if your dog sheds excessively.

Also avoid feeding your dog too many vitamin supplements, as it may affect your dog’s digestion and may lead to side effects.

Add omega-3 fatty acids to your dog’s diet. You can give your dog Cod liver oil capsules, it improves the texture and reduces shedding.

Daily Brushing

By daily brushing, you can control the shedding. Brushing helps in removing extra dead and weak hair from the dog’s coat and makes him feel light.

Make sure you choose a brush according to the coat of your dog. For example, an Undercoat rake is good for dogs with dense coats and a Slicker brush is good for short-haired dog breeds.

Types of Brush for dogs: Slicker Brush, Bristle Brush, Undercoat rake, Rubber curry brush, Pin Brush, and Double-side brushes.

Keep your dog Hydrated

Provide plenty of clean and fresh water to your dog, sometimes heavy shedding is also caused by Dehydration.

Using Deshedders

You can also use Deshedding tools or Deshedders like Furminator on your Dog’s coat. Deshedders help in removing weak and dead fur from the coat of your dog. On some dogs, Deshedders can work better than brushes. In my opinion, Deshedders are important for Dog breeds with dense coats.

Make sure your dog is healthy

Take your dog for a monthly health checkup to make sure that your dog is healthy. Heavy shedding can also be a symptom of some health issues or diseases also. A Vet can identify whether the abnormal hair loss of your dog is an early sign of some health problems or not.

Which Dog breeds shed the most?

Long-haired dog breeds with a double-layered dense coat are known for shedding too much, but it doesn’t mean that all short-haired dog breeds shed the least. Here are some of the dog breeds which are known for Excessive or Heavy shedding (heavy shedders).-

Which Dog breeds shed the least?

Here are some of the dog breeds which are known for low Shedding-

  • Poodle
  • Shih Tzu
  • Dachshund
  • Cane Corso
  • Maltese Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Portuguese water dog
  • Bichon fries
  • Schnauzer
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Labradoodle

How to identify that shedding is not normal?

Whenever you observe the following changes in your dog then it’s time to concern a Vet.

  • Bald Spots and Rashes
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Redness, Bumps, and Flaky skin
  • Increased Itching
  • Too many Parasites
  • Hair turning grey
  • Peeling of skin
  • Constant licking skin
  • Inflamed skin


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