Shedding Season Causes Fur to Fly

All that hair’s got to go somewhere. This time of year, the fur is likely flying in your home.

Vacuum manufacturer Dyson says shedding can occur all year round, but it’s typically worse in spring, summer and fall. That’s because an animal’s fur undergoes a reaction as it’s exposed to increasing amounts of daylight. Dyson says fall’s shorter days trigger the same effect.

All that extra fur and dander could have you sneezing, but you can help your pet curb excess fur loss with a healthy diet and regular grooming, according to our friends at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).®

Shedding is normal, but the ASPCA warns that excessive or spotty hair loss could be a sign of illness. Excessive shedding could be caused by a variety of conditions, including:

• Allergies
• Ringworm
• Infection
• Fleas or parasites
• Hormonal imbalance, such as hyperthyroidism
• Stress
• Pregnancy
• Sunburn
• Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease
• Self-induced trauma due to licking
• Cancer
• Immune disorder
• Contact with caustic substances

Pet parents should consult their veterinarian if their dog or cat exhibits any of the following:

• Skin irritation, including redness, bumps, rashes or scabs
• Open sores
• Bald spots
• Dull, dry hair that pulls out easily
• Scratching
• Constant foot licking or face rubbing

Visit the ASPCA for more information about shedding in dogs and cats.

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