Why Is My Dog Shedding in the Winter?

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canucksgirl5 years ago
I would bet that your dog is shedding as a result of the room temperature when they were at the boarder. Dogs normally don't shed in the winter (because they don't need to), but a heater up high can create a 'summer time' effect and they'll shed some of their coat.

Some people will also notice that their dogs are scratching more than usual during the winter, and that's also due to the heater used. Heaters tend to dry out the air and much like dry itchy skin that a human could have, a dog can also suffer from this. By using a humidifier you can solve that problem.

As far as the shedding is concerned, you'll probably see improvements over time. Walking your dog more often in the cold can also help stop the shedding.
Burf5 years ago
Dogs that shed generally shed year around, though to a lesser degree in the winter months. If your dog seems to be shedding excessively, it may have a skin condition that requires attention.
Sunkicked (author)  Burf5 years ago
We thought at first that it might be skin related. We had boarded them for about 10 days while we were on vacation and when we got home we brushed and bathed them. After the bath they seemed to need a brushing again, and again. And again. Both seem to be happy and (otherwise) healthy, but perhaps I'll have the vet look into any possible skin conditions. Thanks!
It could also be stress shedding due to the boarding. Last summer our dog and cats all shed like mad while my son was gone for two weeks on vacation. A week after he got back it stopped. They had already gone through the temperature-induced spring shed - this was different.
Re-design5 years ago
My dog sheds year around and needs brushing several times after a bath.

If your dog looses patches of hair that is not normal or if his skin looks raw or irritated he probably needs to see a vet.