Skin Problems that Cause Excessive Shedding in a Dog
Over the top shedding is troublesome for both the pooch and the proprietor. When your dog loses too much hair, her appearance is not as attractive and the hair creates a mess all over the house and yard.
Shedding is normal, but if you notice your dog is excessively shedding, this might be the result of skin problems ranging from parasites to fungal or bacterial infections.
Dry skin is a condition that can cause severe shedding in some dogs. Dry skin is often caused by changes in weather or diet. Too frequent bathing can dry out the dog’s skin, as can fleas and ticks. Scabies is a less common cause of dry skin.
During the cold winter months, give your dog 1 tbsp. of cod liver oil each day. Cod liver oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for healthy skin. Feed your dog a high-quality nutrient-dense dog food, and brush your dog daily. You can use coconut oil as a lotion on dry spots, and control fleas and ticks with medication. If you suspect scabies or another condition, make a visit to the vet.
Pyoderma is a bacterial skin infection in dogs and may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. The bacteria enters your dog’s skin when his immune system is compromised. The bacteria invades tissues and causes sores to develop all over your dog’s body. As the condition becomes worse, your dog will experience excessive shedding.
The condition is treated with medications and specialized shampoo. However, if the condition continually comes back, ask your vet to test your dog’s blood for other medical conditions such as diabetes or other immune-compromising conditions.
Despite its name, ringworm is a fungal infection; it is not caused by parasites (worms). Ringworm invades your dog’s skin in several locations, resulting in hair loss and dry patches.
Internal medications as well as medicated baths are essential to clear up ringworm and help your dog maintain a healthy coat.