HI---I have a one year old fawn shar pei...I am very familiar with this breed. He eats well..pretty much organic. We do spoil him sometimes with table food. The last three weeks he has been shedding alot. Was tested for mites, fleas etc...all negative. I am starting to wonder if it is the flea med i use Vectra??? He is very clean and brushed daily. It is hot here but mainly and inside dog. Hair loss is all over.... Just wondering your thoughts. Thanks in advance.
Type of Animal: Shar Pei
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 1
Name of Dog: George
Strict diet with human food eliminated.
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Does he have any bare areas?
Is his coat dry or brittle?
Does he have an odor to his skin?
Was your vet unable to give you a cause?
No bare areas yet...but handfuls of hair. There are thinning spots where it is noticeable. His coat is soft and smooth. No odor. Vet said could be from heat and change of weather.
Chris,What you are seing might be perfectly normal. Many Shar peis actually shed in what we call a blowing their coat manner instead of shedding like other dogs do. They will shed their coat several times a year and it happens at the same time. They will experience massive hair loss over their entire body. Daily brushing is necessary to keep their skin healthy during these seasonal sheds. You can read about this on the following page about a third of the way down.http://www.rollsrusrollys.com/dogs2.aspThere are medical conditions that can cause excessive shedding such as
ringworm, mange, hypothyroidism, cushing disease and allergies. some of these have been ruled out but I'll include a couple of links on some of these for you to read in case it doesn't resolve itself.
You can read up on allergies here:
If you suspect an allergy condition is to blame, you can give your dog Benadryl up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours.
There is also a condition called alopecia which is basically hair loss. You can read all about it in this article:
Some treatment methods for this are discussed on the following site. You might want to discuss this possibility with your vet.
Given the breed, it is likely just to be your dog blowing his coat in a normal shedding for the breed.
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Hi chris,I'm just following up on our conversation about George. How is everything going?Jane Lefler