We are now in the season where dogs start to loose their coats. Even short coated breeds loose fur. Never buy a short coated breed thinking you will not have allergies to them. As all dogs loose fur. Except wool coats that you would find on a poodle, bischon, doodles etc.
Pugs and Frenchies loose coat and the dead hair can look quite out of condition whilst its doing it. Buy a zoom groom which is a rubber/plastic brush and it will bring out the dead hair. Do not however over groom as you can strip new hair too. Or use a grooming mitt.
If you bath your dog you will find even more hair comes out. It can take about 2 weeks of loosing coat and then it all comes right again. You can include salmon oil into the diet or omega three oils blends to help with coat, or the white of an egg helps coat too. It is a daily grooming session whilst this is going on. Once all done the new coat comes in beautiful again.
With dogs that were puppies the year before, something strange can happen. The appearance of black spots under the coat. Vizsla, Weimaraner and Bracco can have this appearance, and often they are the paler coats which makes this more visible. The Vizsla can almost have a yellow appearance but with dark spots. This is not a veterinary job, this is you being patient. If your dog has this, then actually the coating wont be two weeks. Nearer 12 weeks plus for the dog to loose this yellow almost fluffy coat.
I remember standing outside the show ring and someone was complaining about another exhibitors dog in the ring, saying their was something wrong with the coat. I couldn't bite my lip any longer and had to say look this is coating. Maybe its because I was a groomer and studies coat texture and type, and make a note. But its nothing to worry about. I once had someone ring me up, they had a dog from another breeder. They had spent £500 at the vets and the vet in the end couldn't find anything wrong with the dog. He rang me and told me about the dogs coat so I said send me a photo. I took one look and rang him back and said, "Your dogs loosing its coat"! The guy was furious, he said but ive just spent £500 at the vets. He said he was going to get his money back and he was then going to ring vet up. I can not help it if a vet is not a coat specialist. After a few more weeks with the advice I gave the guy on his dogs coat, the coat was back to normal. ha ha.... I can imagine that phone call didnt go well to his vets.
I suppose the moral of the story is patience is a virtue when dogs are loosing a coat.
Mrs Rachel Savage