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Your assessment results for:

Shedding or hair loss

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital if issue persists or worsens, and prevent your dog from scratching

  • Contact your family veterinary hospital if your dog starts showing any of the following symptoms:
    • Drinking more water than usual
    • Scratching themselves excessively
    • Distressed or starts hurting themselves by scratching
  • In the meantime, put a cone/socks on them to prevent them from damaging their skin.

 

Why it’s medium priority

Shedding and mild scratching may be normal in this situation

  • Shedding is not usually an urgent issue and based on your answers, it does not appear your dog requires immediate attention. The shedding may resolve on its own with home management.
  • Some possible causes of shedding include: changing coats, fleas or mites, bacterial or fungal infection or allergies.

 

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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