My Dog Is Shedding – What Should I Do?

6. Allergies

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Dogs, like humans, can have an allergic reaction or an irritation from a substance, which can cause excessive shedding. The best thing to do is to remove the substance from the dog and give it a bath. If needed, get a topical ointment to treat the irritated skin.

5. Disease

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A number of diseases, from kidney or liver diseases to hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease, can cause fur loss. In the case of the thyroid, the hair loss might be simply due to an imbalance, which requires medication. While you can treat the symptoms using ointments and medications, it’s always best to ensure that the disease is being treated. Contact your veterinarian for options.

4. Medications

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Hair loss can be a side effect of certain medications that treat diseases or other conditions. Discontinuing taking that medication may stop the hair loss. However, talk with your veterinarian first.

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