Your assessment results for:

Shedding or Losing Hair

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular hospital ASAP and make sure your dog has access to water

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • If your dog is scratching, put a cone/socks on them to prevent them from damaging their skin.
  • Do not take away their water.


Why it’s high priority

Concurrent symptoms with hair loss (especially drinking more) usually indicate a chronic issue

  • Shedding on its own is usually not a serious issue, but based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires veterinary attention as soon as possible.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include diabetes, hormone imbalances, kidney or liver problems


Home care tips

Regular grooming helps reduce shedding when it’s not caused by disease

  • Regular brushing (once a week, more frequently for some breeds) and bathing (once a month) may help with the shedding.
  • If your dog’s coat is very dirty or matted, consider taking them to a pet groomer.


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Please note that our Symptoms Assessments and Results are intended for informational purposes only, and not a medical diagnosis. Our goal is to help pet owners make an informed decision about if, when and how urgently they need to seek veterinary care. Using our site should not and does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian.