Simon has been shedding a lot. More than I ever remember him shedding before. At first I thought it was just seasonal, and for some reason heavier than usual this year, but now I'm starting to worry.
He seems to be losing an awful lot of hair. His "skirts" on the backs of legs are so thin now - they are usually very thick and almost wiry.
I am brushing him weekly but that's not even touching it. I brushed him last night, and today there was loads more on the floor.
I've heard a lot of you talk about "blowing coat" and all the hair and how miserable it is. Neither of the boys has been really big shedders, until Simon started about three weeks ago.
Angus is hardly shedding at all, btw.
What I want to know is, is there any way to determine if this is normal, seasonal shedding, or maybe a food or other health issue?
I was trying to get some more hair off him tonight with my hands and his coat seems dull, and a bit dirty/greasy. Not really normal for him. Like a lot of you I don't bathe them regularly but I do brush them weekly. This has always been enough to keep them feeling very clean. Also noticed a lot of dandruff when giving him the rubdown tonight.
What do you think?
No expert here, but I would think if his coat is looking thin in places, that is more shedding than normal. With the way mine shed, I marvel that they aren't bald. But they don't have any thin places.
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Bear is blowing coat right now like I have never seen before... coats can get pretty thin after a big shed.
Well, it's not thin so that I can see the skin or anything, but it is noticeably less...luxurious? than it usually is.
When they shed their summer coat for the winter coat, does it get thinner first before the thicker coat comes in?
I think I might take them over to see DFL tomorrow. Or wondering if I should take Simon to the vet.
I would always be suspicious of a major change in shedding patterns or the feel / look of the coat. Dixie had some issues a while back with flaking and feeling oily. I decided to switch her food and it improved. Now we are going through the process again due to the Purina Pro Plan switching over to those moist bits in their kibble. I don't like it, and she has been having ear issues again. Hopefully you will find that it is just something in his diet that needs to be tweaked. Dogs that are susceptible to allergies seem to develop them more easily to things that they once tolerated. I am sure there are many more on here that will give you much more helpful information.
Thanks for checking it out Elysa. I was ALSO wondering if it might be the food. I made a huge boo-boo with their food recently: I thought Great Life came in only grain-free, but turns out it also has a "grain" formula. I bought the latter last time. The bags look pretty much identical.
Yesterday I realized my mistake and bought a new bag of grain-free and we started them on that this morning. But DFL is pretty adamant about lower protein AND no grain for the boys, and the grain-free has 30%. So, maybe I need to switch foods (again).
I was going to post a similar thread. My lab has been shedding/blowing coat like I've never seen before for the 3-4 weeks. I've never seen anything like it before.