A pet's coat is constantly changing, and from time to time we see more or less of it - as the seasons change (autumn and spring), we see more hair falling out, so dead, damaged hairs are naturally removed. The frequency of coat feeding also depends on the breed of the animal, as well as its health and the season. Dogs that are kept at home and do not live in aviaries, however, do not feed as visibly. Naturally, the coat thickens in winter and gains more undercoat, while in spring it thins out and adapts to the summer weather.
By brushing your pet every day, you can speed up the brushing process and you will notice less hair sticking to your pet at home. However, unusually large amounts of hair, if not seasonal, can also be a sign of health problems such as stress, malnutrition or even illness. Quite often this problem can be solved by changing the diet, the vet recommends a number of options, such as quality foods and food supplements.
Note that the signs may not only include a seasonal fur coat, the extra large amount of falling hair, and the washed space in the fur can be associated with:
- Parasites - fleas, ticks;
- Fungal and bacterial infections;
- Kidney and liver disease;
- Pregnancy, lactation;
- Oncological diseases;
- Contact with skin irritants.
If you notice that your pet's skin is red, large amounts of fur are falling off, and the signs have not disappeared for more than a week, it is worth consulting a vet at a veterinary clinic. It is particularly important to notice if you see any lumps, rashes, redness or scabs on the animal's skin. It should also be easy for the owner to notice that the animal is often digging or licking itself for discomfort.
Based on scientific literature and consultation with veterinary surgeons