Why does the shedding of hair occur and how long does it last? Tips to make it more bearable

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Autumn is approaching, a time of temperature and time changes that also affect pets in a very particular way. In dogs, for example, one of the effects of the change of season is the so-called shedding of hair, a completely natural process that also occurs in spring. These two changes of hair would be to condition the coat to the changes of temperature since the hair serves the dogs as much to protect themselves from the temperatures as from the solar rays.

In this way, the change of coat in spring serves the dog to produce a thinner hair that helps him to fight the heat in summer and, on the contrary, in autumn, the dog changes its coat to produce a thicker one that will protect him from the low temperatures of winter.

But, is moulting the same for all dogs? There are some like Labradors, Huskies, German Shepherds or Goldens Retrievers that will make it in an abundant way. Others, in spite of having short hair, also go through a copious molt, as is the case of Dalmatians, boxers or pugs. However, curly-haired breeds such as poodles hardly ever molt and that is why they are usually advised in homes where people with allergies live.

There are molts that go almost unnoticed by the owners while others are prolonged in time and are much more abundant. An average time cannot be established but it depends on several factors like the climate, the type of hair and the own habitat of the dog.

In first place, it is necessary to consider the type of hair of our pet: short (like the one of a winemaker), long (that can be smooth like the one of a yorkshire or curly like the one of a poodle) or hard like the one of a westy. The dogs of short hair will be eliminating hair all the year, although we appreciate greater amount in spring and autumn. And in the dogs of long or hard hair we do not appreciate the falls between the changes, only the hair is detached when brushing them.

To make the moult more bearable both to the dog and to its owners, it is convenient in first place, to brush the dog during the moult. Adapt the frequency of the brushing to eliminate the dead hair, as well as to adapt the types of combs that we have within our reach to the type of hair that our dog has. To this we must add another important ally: a good vacuum cleaner.

On the other hand, go to a dog hairdresser’s when the moulting begins to bathe the dog. The hairdresser will give him a good bath of hydration to the skin and then he will dry it with a hair ejector, an apparatus that has much more power than any dryer of house. With it they will pull out the dead hair, which is the one that falls out.

Opting for the dog’s hair removal can be a mistake. Peeling does not prevent the dog from releasing hair, the only thing we get, in a temporary way, is that the size of the hairs is smaller, but the dog keeps releasing the hairs in the same way.

Another very common mistake is to shave short haired dogs because they remove a lot of hair or Nordic haired dogs for the same reason. There are times that we can run the risk of suffering, for example, a post-shaven syndrome in which we cause an alteration in the growth of the hair and as a consequence there is not a uniform growth of the coat. Another side effect of this shaving could be to cause the dog to get sunburned on the skin for wearing such a short coat.

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