Molting In Dogs And Cats

Dogs and cats normally undergo a process called ‘molting’ that generally takes place during spring and fall. Pets that are molting undergo a period of significant loss of hair. Molting during spring is the body’s way of getting rid of the heavy winter coat in preparation for the warmer weather. In autumn, hair loss gives way for the growth of a heavier hair coat for the cold winter months ahead. This phenomenon is most noticeable in pets that are exposed to temperature extremes. However, pets that are confined indoors don’t experience as much and tend to go through hair loss all year long. 

The proportion of primary and secondary hairs differs significantly between breeds. Some canine breeds like the chow-chow or Siberian husky have a fairly short cycle of hair renewal. This can result in major seasonal molting. On the other hand, there are breeds like the poodle and terrier which has long growth cycles causing them to undergo moderate hair loss. 

If you have concerns about your pet’s skin and/or hair coat, don’t delay in making an appointment with your vet clinic Cameron Park, CA. 


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