Do you ever wonder why your dog sheds so much? We asked Dr. Robert Silver, a renowned veterinary author, speaker, and master formulator of Rx Vitamins this very question:
Q: Why does my dog shed so much?
A: Quite simply, dogs have a lot of hair. They shed. We humans don’t have a lot of hair, at least not as much hair as our canine friends do but we shed as well. If you’ve ever seen the drain in your shower or after you brush your hair. It’s a normal process. There’s turnover at the hair follicle.
For dogs there may be some medical reasons or nutritional reasons why they are shedding more than normal. If their diet is lacking in oils, their hair coat and their skin could get quite dry, which increases the amount of shedding. The shedding can be reduced by adding some fish oil, flaxseed oil, or some kind of oil to their diet, even corn oil. The oils will help to keep the skin and hair coat moist and allow them to shed less.
“If their diet is lacking in oils, their hair coat and their skin could get quite dry, which increases the amount of shedding.”
Dogs with thyroid disease shed more than normal. The thyroid hormone regulates the rate at which the hair is being grown from the hair follicles. If your dog has a thyroid deficiency, it tends to shed more. It also slows down the rate of new growth. It’s a simple blood test that could be done to check that.
Nutritionally speaking, Rx Vitamins makes a product that I’ve designed called Nutritional Support for Dogs and Cats, which really works quite well in reducing shedding, especially if it’s paired up with Rx Vitamins Ultra EFA Fish Oil.