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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Dog Insurance Blog - The Physics Behind a Dog’s Shake Can Better Dry Clothes

Did you know that the physics behind dogs shedding water off their bodies may be able to improve our household appliances?

According to a recent article on MSNBC, a group of researchers are in the initial stages of studying the “dog shaking” model with the hopes of applying the same principles to drying clothes.

The experts used a combination of high-speed videography and X-ray cinematography to capture what actually happens to the animal’s body when shaking.

They found that the shake actually starts at the animal’s head, then travels down the body to the tip of the tail with a wave of energy. While the body can shake at the same frequency as the skin, it cannot rotate as much. So the skin actually twists around the body at a faster speed in order to shed the water off.

For animals in the wild, shaking dry is critical to survival by maintaining proper body temperature. Our pets, however, simply do it instinctively.

I’ve certainly had some clean clothes ruined by a shaking dog over the years, so I’ll take these findings as dogs making it up to us!

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