The first molt in puppies
When do puppies start shedding? What do they experience? Should there be any change in care during this period? We will discuss it in our article.
The first molt is a crucial period in the puppy’s life, when the child’s fur is completely replaced by an adult’s. Very soon your baby will turn into a beautiful adult dog, and the task of each responsible owner is to facilitate this transformation, to support the growing body. How to help a puppy during molting?
When does the dog start shedding?
The first molt in a puppy occurs after 6 months. When exactly it will start depends on many factors: breed, individual characteristics, health status, diet, season, etc. on average, molting begins at 6-7 months and lasts about a couple of weeks.
What does the puppy feel during molting?
Molting is a natural process, but it can bring your pet a decent discomfort. Some puppies quietly tolerate molting and feel as usual, but for others this period becomes a real torture.
During seasonal shedding in puppies can cause severe itching and poor appetite. Don’t worry: this will pass as soon as the shedding is over. In the meantime, you can ease the puppy’s condition. How do I do this?
The first molt in puppies
How to help a puppy survive molting?
During shedding, it is recommended to comb the hair every day. This is necessary not only to remove dead hair and protect clothing and furniture from it. Also, combing stimulates blood circulation in the skin, accelerates the growth of new hair and helps maintain a neat appearance of the dog.
The main thing is to find the right tool for combing. It should fit your dog in size and type of coat. It could be a comb, slicker brush, brush or glove, a slicker brush. The most effective for dogs with undercoat is considered furminator, but it can not be used if the skin ulcers and wounds.
If you are purchasing a tool for the first time, it is better to consult a groomer.
Comb only wet hair. This will increase the effectiveness of the procedure, will not allow the hairs to tangle. First, apply a special moisturizing spray to the wool, and then start combing.
Not all dogs need to be combed. Wire-haired dogs (Jack russels, Schnauzers, Fox Terriers and other breeds) do not shed in the usual sense, but their hair also needs to be updated. An alternative to combing for them is trimming.
Trimming is plucking old hairs by hand or using a special tool-a trimming knife. You can perform the procedure at home alone or with a groomer. It is better to discuss the frequency of the procedure specifically for your dog with a specialist.
We bathe correctly.
Molting is not a reason to cancel a dog’s bathing. But it is also not necessary to bathe it more often than usual. Use a special shampoo and conditioner suitable for your dog for bathing. Using other products, such as soap or your own shampoo, is strongly discouraged. During shedding, the hair does not look the best, and the skin itches. Unsuitable products can cause serious dermatological problems, worsen the quality of the coat and increase the duration of molting. Be careful.
A balanced diet and vitamins.
The dog will survive molting more easily if the right amount of nutrients is supplied to its body every day. Make sure that the selected ready-made food is complete and suitable for your dog. If you feed your pet natural products, be sure to give it an additional vitamin and mineral complex. Discuss which complex to choose with a veterinary specialist.
Walks and games.
Fresh air, moderate exercise, entertaining games-all this will lift your dog’s mood, distract it from uncomfortable feelings and strengthen the overall state of the body. And this is what you need when molting!
Check with a veterinary specialist.
Visit a veterinary specialist to monitor the dog’s condition. If the pet refuses to eat, behaves aggressively, if ulcers and wounds appear on the skin, and the molt is delayed, there may be complications. Or maybe it wasn’t the molting that started it. Wool can fall out when hormonal disorders, infection with parasites or skin diseases. The diagnosis will be made by a veterinary specialist.