What Causes a Dog’s Fur to Fall Out?

December 18, 2018
Most dogs shed, that's normal, but if you notice that their fur is falling out in patches or extremely fast, you need to try and figure out the cause and treat the problem.

Things that can cause a dog’s fur to fall out include having a poor diet, allergies, stress, and hormonal imbalances. So, the first step to helping your dog with their fur loss is to find out why it’s happening. That way you can get the problem under control as soon as possible.

There are several things to remember when it comes to treating this problem. One of those is to keep in mind that dogs shed their fur twice a year. Therefore, it’ essential for them to have a balanced diet and only use specific dog hygiene products.

Things that cause a dog’s fur to fall out

Dog brush

There are lots of potential things that could cause your dog’s fur to fall out. such as mange and diabetes or a poor diet. Also, skin allergies can cause fur loss.

If your dog’s fur falls out due to stress or anxiety, it’s going to be harder to treat. There isn’t always a solution, and sometimes the fur won’t grow back. The dog itself could be causing the hair loss due to compulsive scratching because of mange, allergies, general itchiness, or anything similar to it.

Climate and seasonal changes are also potential causes. If your dog is losing more hair than what they should, they might have health issues. If so, you should take your dog straight to the vet to find out what’s wrong with your dog. There’s nothing you can do to stop your dog’s fur from falling out, but with the right care, you can reduce the amount that does.

Some smaller breeds sometimes get infections around the area where they got vaccinated, and that can also lead to fur loss. Bulldogs and boxers, among other breeds, are more likely to experience irritation and dermatitis due to their sensitive skin.

How to treat your dog’s fur loss

Treatment for this problem depends entirely on the cause. If it´s due to a poor diet, then you need to provide your dog with better nutrition in order to strengthen your dog’s fur. If it’s a result of stress or anxiety, you need to treat what’s psychologically affecting them.

There’s also spot baldness, which happens when your dog compulsively licks a specific part of their body, like a paw. The compulsive licking could be related to anxiety, stress, or just loneliness.

Brushing your dog will also get rid of any loose, excess fur and redistribute the oils on their skin, which is essential for the health of their fur.

The best diet when a dog’s fur falls out

diet to help if your dog's fur falls out

Olive and flaxseed oil are great for a dog’s diet. You should give them about 5 ml (.17 oz) for every 5kg (11 lbs) of body weight. Remember that these are healthy oils because they have omega-3 fatty acids that soothe inflamed skin, reduce dandruff, and improve its skin texture.

Water-rich foods like cucumber, plantains, and lean meat (without the bones) are a good way to keep your dog hydrated. They also have healthy nutrients that will help fur stay straight and shiny, and keep it from falling out.

Even just having your dog drink lots of water can help. So make sure they always have fresh water around. Dehydration causes dry skin, which can lead to fur loss and serious health conditions.

Dogs that are especially food-sensitive are at a higher risk for diet-related fur conditions. Try different foods with them until you find the right one. Professional guidance is essential if this is an issue.

Vitamin supplements can also be really helpful. However, they can cause problems if you give your dog too many. Only give them to your dog if your vet recommends them, and follow the dosage they tell you.