My 5yo lab had 5 teeth removed two weeks ago (she is a rescue) and is shedding like crazy this week. Is there a connection?
Stress can cause excess shedding. Is she on pain meds?
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i'd think stress.
if i could, i 'd shed after dental work too.
also depends on the weather so.....
hope she feels better sooner than later.
Did she have an anesthetic? That will do it every time.
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It's been a month and she's still shedding. Yes, she had anesthesia for the teeth removal. Additionally, we moved a couple weeks ago, so she's probably stressed too. I got a furminator and she tolerates it for a minute or so then walks away. She didn't do this with previous brushes. I think it may be irritating her skin because I've seen her scratching occasionally since I've started using it. It could be dry winter skin though. Does anyone know how long I can expect this excessive shedding to last? I love my dog, but I'm at the end of my patience with continually having to get fur off my clothes, socks, shoes, coat, floor, furniture, and somehow a hair even got into my soup tonite. Thoughts?
many many folks don't agree that the fulminator is for labs. removes too much of the undercoat.
i don't use one.
Having general anesthesia can cause shedding.
Is this dog new to you? Labs do shed a lot, particularly yellows.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thanks all. Good to know about the Furminator. I did notice that it was mostly removing her soft shorter fur and questioned the wisdom of that...particularly in a Michigan winter. Maybe the store will let me return it.
She is new to me. I adopted her from the Humane Society in July. She is 5 y.o. and very well behaved (someone spent a lot of time training her to be a house dog) and came with no ID or chip. She needed serious dental work, so I'm wondering if her person passed away or lost their job. Other than the teeth, she was in good health. I have her on Costco dog food, which ranked high on dogfoodadvisor.com.
She was shedding when I adopted her--which is understandable from the stress. I bathed, brushed and started her on fish oil pills and the shedding was dramatically reduced. Seven weeks ago she had anesthesia when 5 of her teeth were removed, and the shedding is now out of control. I'm wondering how much longer I can expect this excessive shedding?
The anesthesia does cause shedding in all animals - people included. I would expect that if you stepped up the grooming you do with her it'll be a little lessened. Its not easy at times to have hair everywhere - I know, I can never start a cooking project without having to rinse out a pan/dish with black hair in it - how those hairs migrate into my closed cabinets (or to the ceiling of the shower) I can't guess.
Take her outdoors every day and thoroughly brush her out. I bet you start to see less hair flying around the house after a week or 2 of that.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.