When you get a new puppy, he/she will be going through a lot of changes physically, mentally and emotionally, all the way down to that lustrous baby fur coat. Just as with babies’ hair and its’ growth, the fur of your puppy is fine and thin but it will not stay that way as he/she matures. From the very first day, it is important to care for your puppy from the inside out, including your puppy’s skin and coat.
Of course, you as a responsible pet parent will get concerned if you notice thinning of fur and possibly balding spots. There is no need to panic as hair loss in dogs of all ages is quite common. Most puppies will lose their “baby fur” anywhere between three and ten months of age and the adult coat will grow in. In some instances the hair loss is very normal. The loss may vary dependent upon the dog’s size, breed and coat type. Breeds with excessively longer coats of fur may lose a lot more fur than a short haired puppy breed.
Adult dogs lose their hair twice yearly during the major change of seasons. This type of hair loss can be pretty dramatic at times . . . hence, all those tumbleweeds you note all over your home. The term for this type of hair loss is called “blowing coat” and is very normal. Frequent brushing and combing of your dog is quite important, especially during the shedding seasons with major weather changes.
There are other reasons for your puppy to lose its fur, such as illness, anxiety, stress and allergies. Bathing your puppy too frequent, especially if you are using the wrong types of products can also result in poor hair growth and excessive loss.
If you have concerns that your puppy’s hair loss is excessive beyond the normal “blowing coat”, it could be due to several other health issues that you may want to check into with your veterinarian. Check into such issues as hormonal problems due to Cushing’s disease or hypothyroidism. Other issues to consider are parasitic such as mange and ringworm or due to yeast or other body infections.
It is absolutely normal for your puppy to go through stages of growth and loss of their fur. With regular care and grooming of your puppy into adulthood, with regular brushing and baths per the advice of your veterinarian, your dog should have a normal healthy shiny coat.
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