Dog Shedding Season: 6 Vet Tips for Dog Molting 

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Cute Jack Russell dog shedding on the couch

Dog shedding season is a hot topic with pet parents (and veterinary clinics) this time of year. 

Shedding is a natural process for dogs, helping them shed their old fur to make way for new growth––but that doesn’t make shedding any less overwhelming! It can lead to health concerns and questions about how to manage your dog’s shedding. 

In this guide, we'll delve into what dog shedding season entails and provide six essential tips to help you navigate this furry phase with ease.

What is dog shedding season?

Dog shedding season is a natural phenomenon that occurs as a result of changes in daylight hours and temperature. It’s most noticeable during the transition from colder winter months to warmer spring and summer months, although some dogs may also experience a secondary dog molting season during the fall. 

The shedding process is triggered by hormonal changes in the dog's body, specifically related to the growth and shedding cycles of their fur.

During dog shedding season, dogs typically shed their old or damaged fur to make way for new growth. This shedding is more pronounced in certain breeds, particularly those with double coats designed for insulation in colder climates. Breeds like German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Collies often experience more significant shedding during dog molting season due to their thick, insulating fur. 

Do all dogs go through shedding season?

Yes, all dogs go through some form of shedding, although the timing and intensity can vary widely. Factors such as breed, age, health, and environmental conditions play a role in answering the question: “When is shedding season for dogs?” They can also dictate how pronounced the shedding will be. For example, puppies may experience a more gradual shedding process as they transition from their puppy coat to their adult coat, while older dogs may have more irregular shedding patterns due to changes in hormone levels.

Seasonal changes can also influence dog shedding season, with some dogs shedding more prominently in response to temperature fluctuations and daylight hours. Breeds adapted to colder climates may shed heavily in spring to prepare for warmer weather, while breeds suited to warmer climates may have a more consistent shedding pattern throughout the year. Understanding your dog's shedding patterns and when your dog sheds the most can help you anticipate and manage dog shedding season effectively.

Vet Tip

Normal shedding should never lead to bald or alopecic patches. If you’re noticing your dog experiencing this symptom, consult your veterinarian as this could be linked to a medical condition.

Dr. Joya Griffin, Veterinarian & Board Certified Dermatologist

6 tips for managing dog shedding season

Managing dog shedding season effectively requires a proactive approach to grooming and care. Here are six essential tips to help you navigate dog shedding at home:

1. Identify When Dog Shedding Season Is For Your Pup

Observing your dog's shedding patterns can help you pinpoint when shedding season is for dogs in your household. Keep track of changes in fur density, grooming habits, and environmental factors to anticipate when your dog will shed the most and adjust your grooming routine accordingly.
Cute black, shaggy dog with long fur in summertime
Dog begging for a bowl of dog food

2. Provide Proper Nutrition & Hygiene

A balanced diet rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals is crucial for shedding season. Opt for high-quality dog shedding season-specific foods or supplements recommended by your veterinarian. Regular grooming and hygiene practices and moisturizing shampoos can promote healthy skin and reduce excessive dog shedding season.

3. Regular Brushing

Brushing your dog's coat regularly, especially during dog shedding season, helps remove loose fur and prevents matting. Choose a dog de-shedding brush suited to your pet's coat type, such as slicker brushes for long-haired breeds or rubber curry combs for short-haired dogs. Aim for gentle, consistent brushing sessions to keep dog molting season under control.
Dog being brushed with a dog deshedding brush
Dog wearing a towel after a bath with his rubber ducky

4. regular baths & cleaning

Regular baths with mild, shedding season-friendly shampoos can help reduce odor and dander related to dog shedding season. Focus on massaging the coat to loosen dead fur during baths, followed by thorough drying to prevent skin irritation. Additionally, clean your dog's bedding and living areas regularly to minimize shedding season-related mess due to excessive hair.

5. Provide Skin & Coat Supplements

Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and other skin-supporting nutrients can benefit dogs during dog shedding season. Consult your veterinarian for dog shedding season-specific supplement recommendations based on your pet's age, breed, and health status. These supplements can promote healthy skin and hair coat.
Dog being given a skin and coat supplement with omega fatty acids
Bernese Mountain Dog being brushed with an undercoat rake at the groomer

6. Use a Dog Deshedding Tool

Invest in a quality dog de-shedding tool designed to remove loose fur effectively without causing discomfort. Tools like undercoat rakes, shedding blades, and grooming gloves can be invaluable during dog shedding season. Use them gently and regularly to manage when dogs shed the most without over-stressing your pet's skin and coat.

Dog shedding season vs. regular shedding

It's essential to distinguish between dog shedding season and regular shedding to understand your pet's grooming needs better. While dog molting season may involve more intense shedding, regular grooming practices should be maintained year-round to keep your dog's coat healthy and manageable. By following these vet-approved tips and being attentive to your dog's needs, you can confidently navigate dog shedding season and keep your furry friend looking and feeling their best.

In conclusion, dog shedding season is a natural phase that all dogs experience, but with the right approach, it can be managed effectively. By incorporating proper nutrition, grooming, and hygiene practices, along with the use of dog de-shedding tools and supplements, you can minimize the impact of when dogs shed the most and ensure a healthy, shiny coat for your canine companion throughout the shedding season.

This blog exists to provide general information and education about veterinary health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, website, or in any linked materials is not intended as and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We cannot diagnose conditions, provide second opinions, or make specific treatment recommendations through this blog or website.

If you suspect that your pet has a medical concern, you should consult with your veterinary health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment immediately. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read on this blog, website, or in any linked materials.

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Written By a Vetnique Vet

Dr. Joya Griffin, DVM, DACVD

Dr. Griffin is an expert in veterinary dermatology, with a focus on helping pets and their parents cope with fungal and immune-related skin diseases. She’s also the star of the Nat Geo WILD television series, “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya.”

Veterinarian & Board Certified Dermatologist

Louisville, KY

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