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    DefaultExtreme Shedding!

    Hi Everybody!
    Well I am new to this site and really hope someone has some advice for me.* My dog Zook, a 6 yr. old yellow lab,* has an extreme shedding problem.* Out of all the vets we've seen they all seem to think it's because he is overweight which he is but it is not by much.*

    See, we are a military family and we move a lot which can be stressful on anyone even a pet, I think.* We started out in Wisconsin which is where Zook was born so he was used to that climate.* Then we moved to Virginia, more humid and definately a lot warmer than Wisconsin.* Then we moved back to Wisconsin 2 years ago and have been here ever since.* As a puppy and growing up Zook never shed this bad until we moved to Virginia.* It's gotten so bad that we have him sleep downstairs in the laundry room to control the hair.* He spends a lot of time outside during the day.* My children love Zook and it makes us all sad that we have to keep him downstairs.* He is the greatest dog we've ever had!*

    So I'm really hoping someone will have answers to this problem or at least some advice.* I know there will be some shedding but this is extreme.* Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Shanna

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    DefaultRe: Extreme Shedding!

    When you said overweight and shedding, I immediately thought of a thyroid issue. Has this been checked?

    For now I'll assume this is normal shedding. They do shed ALOT -- basically 365 days a year. It's amazing the amount of fur they drop. My advice is to get a good vacuum and enjoy your doggie!

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    DefaultRe: Extreme Shedding!

    Most labs "blow their coat" at least twice a year which is just crazy pull hand fulls of hair out at a time sheading. They shed year round though the rest of the time it's just not as severe. Do you brush him regularly? If not this may help some. We use a Zoom Groom http://www.sitstay.com/cgi-bin/sdisp.cgi/HBZG.lg.jpg made by KONG for Mocha she loves it and it really pulls out the loose hair. Also giving him extra fatty acids may help too. I give Mocha either Nutricoat http://activek9.com/eo-00766.html or Shed-X http://www.furlongspetsupply.com/shed-x.htm with her morning meal which normally helps with her sheding and keeps her coat nice and shiny. It also cuts down on itching.

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    DefaultRe: Extreme Shedding!

    Agree with the above...I would have his thyroid checked.

    This breed sheds A LOT. The amount they shed varies throughout the year and it differs from individual dog to individual dog. Your move from a cold to a hot and humid area could certainly play a part in it. Diet could also be a factor -- how much of what food are you feeding him? excessive shedding can be made worse with allergies/food intolerance's.

    Barring any medical issues the best way to control shedding is by good diet and regular brushing. Your vacuum is your best friend.

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    DefaultRe: Extreme Shedding!

    What are you feeding?

    This cartoon about sums up Labs and shedding.





    Laura





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    DefaultRe: Extreme Shedding!

    do you brush him out at all? Zoom Groom. If your not helping remove some of that dead hair the shedding experience can be scarry.
    Kim

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    DefaultRe: Extreme Shedding!

    My 2 favorite tools: Zoom Groom and my swiffer vac that stays out and charged ALL the time!!!!

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