Why Is My Poodle Shedding?

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Keep in mind that every Poodle loses hair to some degree; this is true of all breeds.

Fur has a cycle and eventually sheds so that new hair can develop. A Poodle would have a somewhat worn-out and depressing coat if they never lost any fur. Therefore, don’t get alarmed if you see some fur in the dog brush or a few loose strands around the house. Even for a low-shedding breed like the Poodle, this is typical.

But if you notice that your Poodle is suddenly shedding profusely or is losing more fur than you might have anticipated, you should probably think about a medical problem. Read on to learn more about how much Poodles molt and what sort of effort is needed to maintain their coat so you know what to expect before adopting.

 

Do Poodles Shed A Lot?

Poodles are highly intelligent, athletic canines that were historically employed in Germany for duck hunting and retrieval. The American Kennel Club lists them as one of the most well-liked breeds in the United States today and refers to them as the national dog of France.

They also don’t shed a lot of hair. Poodles are a hypoallergenic breed with reduced shedding, making them more suited for allergy patients than most other dog breeds. They are high maintenance in terms of care because daily brushing is needed to maintain their dense, curly coat and eliminate any mats.

 

What Are The Reasons My Poodle Is Shedding?

Your Poodle may be shedding more for a variety of reasons. The Top options are mentioned below:

 

  • An increase in temperature:

This could indicate a heat wave or the fact that your Poodle has been spending a lot of time indoors with the heat on. Their body is incredibly intelligent, and if they become too hot, fur will shed in an effort to keep them cool.

 

  • Stress:

can sometimes result in a sudden loss of fur. This is especially clear when your poodle is in the veterinarian’s office and is shedding fur onto the exam table.

 

  • Allergies:

Atopic dermatitis is a disorder that is more common in poodles than other breeds. Those that are affected may lick their paws, develop red skin, and lose their coat. Due to their frequent gnawing and licking, they may even develop scabby skin and hairless patches. While allergies cannot be cured, they can be prevented by locating and avoiding your dog’s trigger. This could entail, for instance, feeding them a meal that has been hydrolyzed or walking them on concrete rather than grass.

 

  • Skin infections:

Both bacterial and fungal skin infections can cause fur loss because they damage the skin’s protective barrier and cause the dog to injure themselves while trying to scratch their itch. Infections can result in red skin, oozing, and oily, musty-smelling skin. To identify the infection that is present and the best treatment option, a vet might swab the skin and conduct a culture and analysis. Dogs frequently require a medicated wash in addition to several weeks of oral medication.

 

  • Poor nutrition:

In order to maintain their health and continue growing their fur at the usual rate, dogs require a balanced diet. Biotin and Omega 3 fatty acids are two substances that are extremely crucial for the growth of fur. The problem for some dogs is not the diet itself, but rather their capacity to digest it. They could find it difficult to absorb the nutrients they require from their diet if they have, for instance, a protein-losing enteropathy.

 

  • A natural hormone shift:

due to lactation or pregnancy. Alopecia can result from hormone fluctuations (baldness). In contrast to infectious or parasitic causes, the Poodle’s skin should be calm and not itching. This shedding will take place out of season and very soon. The fur should grow back once the hormone levels are normal.

 

  • A hormonal disorder:

such as Hypothyroidism or Cushing’s illness. Baldness in areas like the tail or flanks is frequently a symptom of endocrine illness. Other symptoms that a dog may have include panting, sluggish behavior, or a decrease in their thirst levels. It’s important that dogs don’t scratch.

 

How To Prevent Excessive Shedding In Poodles

You can take specific actions to keep your Poodle’s coat in excellent condition. This comprises:

  • Feeding a well-balanced diet full of nutrients including fatty acids and B vitamins Additionally, skin supplements that thicken the fur and stop it from falling out are available.
  • Regular brushing can help your Poodle avoid matting and ensure that the dead coat is properly shed. Problems may arise later if healthy fur becomes trapped under dead fur.
  • If your Poodle has a history of mange or flea allergic dermatitis, it is very important to keep up with their parasite prevention.
  • Your tastes will determine how frequently you have your Poodle professionally groomed, although it is recommended that you go at least every three months. This makes sure that old fur is removed and that new fur has room to grow in a healthy way.
  • Have your Poodle checked out by their veterinarian immediately away if they are paw-gnawing or touching their faces, which are indications of skin pain.

 

When Should I See A Vet For Shedding?

Although not as frequently as most other breeds, poodles do shed. Some Poodle owners believe their dogs shouldn’t shed at all, however this is untrue.

Regular, minor shedding is totally natural. Your Poodle shouldn’t have any bald spots or itchy skin, despite the visible hair being lost in the grooming brush. Additionally, they shouldn’t be exhibiting behaviors like paw licking, scratching, or skin-chewing.

If your Poodle is shedding more fur than they were previously, or if their fur is thin or sparse, you should take them to the vet. The same goes for any bald areas, which should be investigated further.

 

Conclusion

Like all dogs, poodles eventually lose their fur. They are a low-shedding breed, though, so even in the heat they do not typically shed very visibly.

It’s time to visit the vet if your Poodle is balding in areas or losing a lot of fur. Your veterinarian will be sure to take your worries seriously because there are numerous medical issues that can cause your Poodle to lose fur.

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis

Owner of the cutest poodle on earth

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