A few customers have contacted us asking, “What the heck is going on with my dog’s shedding?” Our response: your dog is as confused about the weather as we are!
As days become longer and temperatures warmer, dogs shed their undercoat, allowing them to stay cooler in warm weather (vital for an animal whose only sweat glands are in his foot pads). As days grow shorter and temperatures cooler, the light summer undercoat is shed to make room for the thick winter undercoat. The dog’s winter coat traps air warmed by the dog’s body and keeps it next to the skin.
So, with this in mind, take a look at the temperature profile for Indianapolis since January of this year.
Yep….your dog is probably confused about whether or not to grow an undercoat. Its cold, its warm and cold again in the course of two days. Long story short– its probably not an issue tied to your dog’s health.
However, while we chatting about your dog’s coat, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Dog hair is actually a protein so in order to maintain a healthy coat, you must maintain sufficient protein levels in your dog’s diet. Look for 20% or greater in the protein content.
- Do not bath your dog regularly– once a month is plenty. Also, ensure the shampoo is detergent free. We recommend Earth Drops Herbal Pet soaps.
- Brush your dog regularly to maintain the quality of the coat. Brushing not only distributes the natural oils in your dog’s body, but can also reduce shedding.
- And, as always, exercise! Whether you choose to walk your dog, let it chase after the kids or simply throw a Kong around the house, any exercise is good exercise. It will stimulate blood and oxygen flow, which leads to a healthy coat.