Pomeranian dog and strange hair loss: is he healthy or should I be worried?

Dog owner question:

"Hi! I have a 1-year-old Pomeranian dog named Fluffy. Unfortunately, he sheds an extremely large amount of hair. Her coat is constantly discolouring and then falling out, which worries me a lot. Is this normal for this breed of dog or is it a sign of some disease?"

Vet's reply:

"Hi! To some extent, hair loss is a natural phenomenon in dogs, especially in dogs with thicker hairs such as Pomeranians.

However, if the shedding becomes extreme or is accompanied by other symptoms such as skin discolouration, then something is definitely wrong.

There can be a number of reasons for hair loss. There can be hormonal problems, skin infections, allergies, and parasites!

Pomeranian dogs are prone to hypothyroidism. This is a condition that develops when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones and can cause hair loss.

In addition, hair loss can also be caused by dermatitis, which often develops due to allergic reactions or skin parasites!

The fact that Fluffy's fur is discoloured is also a cause for concern!

This phenomenon is often associated with skin infections caused by bacteria or fungi, which can also lead to intense hair loss.

However, the discolouration can also be the result of improper nutrition, especially if Fluffy is eating a high protein or dye-containing diet!

With these factors in mind, the best thing to do is to take Fluffy to the vet for a personal check-up!

Your local vet can carry out tests to find out what is causing the hair loss and discolouration and advise on appropriate treatment.

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But in the meantime, try to ensure Fluffy has a balanced, quality diet. Also, brush your dog's coat regularly to reduce the amount of shed hair! I wish you a speedy recovery!"