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Old 03-16-2008, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default My doggy moults a lot!

hi everyone,

i have a mix breed pupp at the age of about 4months. his mum was a Staffordshire bull terrier - rottweiler mix and his dad was a pure scott type american bulldog, so naturaly my pupp is short haired. recently iv noticed him malting a lot and i dont know why? he eats a wet food/dry food mix, 3 small portions a day. i dewormed him when i first brought him and recently. hes very active and is always with my 4year old neice trying to make her share his bones with him haha. he is the perfect dog but im worried about his health because hes loosing a lot of hair.

im sure iv left a lot of information out for a proper diagnosis so please tell me what you would like to know.

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Old 03-17-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Dogs do change their coat at this time of year, is he scratching a lot and has he got bald patches or is it generally all over?

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its that time of year for some dogs ,iam lucky i own two maltese terriers thay dont malt.

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This winter our mix, seems to lose hand fulls of the under coat at a time. She seemed to be drinking lots of water at the time too.
This was the most she had done since we adopted her in '04. Maybe it was the weather. First snow fall since we moved here
She seems to be losing a bit of hair again now that warmer weather is getting here. Normal amoumts though.
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Hello!

Are you in the UK? If so, I'm wondering if its just that time of year....as we get warm days more frequently, so your pup will start to lose his thicker winter coat, with a finer summer coat starting to come through underneath.

The other thing is that at 4 months, perhaps he's losing some puppy coat and his thicker adult coat is starting to develop? I'm not sure how that works on a short coated dog, our pup was neat and short haired at 6 weeks but developed a very thick, wiry, scruffy coat as she got older - and it started to show at around 4 months! She is 7 months now and moulting a little, but its not too bad.

Assuming he is not drinking gallons and gallons of water, that he hasn't got big bald patches and he's not distressed and scratching madly, he's probably just moulting his winter coat and/or puppy coat. If he is otherwise well, I wouldn't worry too much. Get a decent brush and spend some time grooming his old coat out, it will show up much less on your carpets .

If he seems lethargic or poorly and itchy, with patches of rough or sore skin, take him for a little outing to the vet!

Good luck and let us know how you're getting on.

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