During the week, I received a number of questions via emails and SMS. I shall be sharing my responses after addressing issues bordering on hair loss in pets.
A reader once complained that her dog had been shedding many of its furs lately. According to her, she sweeps out many of its hair from the kennel daily.
Hair loss in pets
Hair loss can be due to a number of reasons, which include inadequate kennel ventilation or persistent increase in environmental temperature. This causes the pet to shed fur as an adaptation for more air to reach the skin. This also explains why you may notice excess shedding of hair during hot weather.
Excess shedding can also occur when a dog arrives from a cold climate to a tropical one. Malnutrition and some clinical conditions, such as worm infestation, can also result in increased fur shedding. However, if the shedding forms patches or a ring shape, it may be due to a parasitic infection caused by mites that live beneath the skin. These mites feed on the oil that nourishes the fur resulting in its death due to little or no nutrition.
In some cases, hair loss may be due to the presence of a fungal or parasitic condition. Hence, I advise that you contact your veterinarian to carry out a detailed clinical examination and collect the necessary clinical samples for diagnosis.
The cure will depend on the cause. Personally, I have noticed that dogs kept in well-ventilated kennels shed their fur minimally. I see many kennels that have little or no ventilation and this is very wrong. In the wild, nature only designed that shades of trees will protect the animals from direct sunshine or rain and I guess that we should also follow this pattern when constructing kennels. Besides, ensure that your pet’s diet is balanced and provide daily canine multivitamin supplements.
Furthermore, adding a little palm oil to your pet’s food can also be beneficial because it contains vitamin A, which helps to maintain the skin and coat. Another substance that can help to reduce excessive shedding is the “coat and molt” oil. This oil-based multivitamin complex can also help to supply the desired nutrition that will keep the fur in place.