The first molt in puppies
When do puppies begin to molt? What do they feel at the same time? Should care change somehow during this period? We will discuss in our article.
The first molt is a crucial period in the puppy’s life, when children’s wool is completely replaced by an adult. Very soon, your baby will turn into a beautiful adult dog, and the task of each responsible owner is to facilitate this transformation, to support a growing organism. How to help a puppy during molting?
When does the dog begin to molt?
The first molt in a puppy occurs after 6 months. When exactly it starts depends on many factors: breed, individual characteristics, health status, diet, season, etc. On average, molting begins at 6-7 months and lasts about a couple of weeks.
What does the puppy feel during molting?
Shedding is a natural process, but it can bring a decent discomfort to the pet. Some puppies calmly tolerate molting and feel as usual, but for others this period becomes a real torture.
During molting, puppies may experience severe itching and deteriorate appetite. Do not worry: this will pass as soon as the molt is over. In the meantime, you can alleviate the condition of the puppy. How to do it?
The first molt in puppies
How to help a puppy survive molting?
During molting, it is recommended to comb the hair every day. This is necessary not only in order to remove dead wool and protect clothes and furniture from it. Also combing stimulates blood circulation in the skin, accelerates the growth of new hair and helps maintain a neat appearance of the dog.
The main thing is to choose the right tool for combing. It should fit your dog in size and type of coat. It can be a comb, a curler, a glove brush or a furminator. A furminator is considered the most effective for dogs with an undercoat, but it cannot be used if there are sores and wounds on the skin.
If this is your first time purchasing a tool, it is best to consult a groomer.
Comb only moistened hair. This will increase the effectiveness of the procedure and prevent hair from tangling. First, apply a special moisturizing spray to the wool, and then proceed to combing.
Not all dogs need to be combed out. Wire-haired dogs (Jack Russell, Schnauzers, Fox Terriers and other breeds) do not fade in our usual understanding, but their coat also needs updating. An alternative to combing out for them is trimming.
Trimming is the plucking of old hairs manually or with the help of a special tool – a trimming knife. You can carry out the procedure at home on your own or at the groomer. The frequency of the procedure specifically for your dog is best discussed with a specialist.
We are bathing correctly.
Shedding is not a reason to cancel a dog’s bathing. But bathing her more often than usual is also not necessary. Use a special shampoo and conditioner suitable for your dog for swimming. Using other products, such as soap or your shampoo, is strictly not recommended. During molting, the hair does not look the best, and the skin itches. Unsuitable products can cause serious dermatological problems, worsen the quality of the coat and increase the duration of the shedding. Be careful.
A balanced diet and vitamins.
A dog will easily survive shedding if the right amount of nutrients is ingested daily. Make sure that the selected prepared food is complete and suitable for your dog. If you feed your pet with natural products, be sure to give him an additional vitamin and mineral complex. Which complex to choose, discuss with your veterinarian.
Walks and games.
Fresh air, moderate physical activity, entertaining games – all this will raise the mood of your dog, distract it from uncomfortable sensations and strengthen the general condition of the body. And this is what you need when molting!
Check with a veterinarian.
Visit a veterinarian to monitor your dog. If the pet refuses to eat, behaves aggressively, if ulcers and wounds appear on the skin, and the molt is delayed, complications may have occurred. And perhaps it was not a matter of molting initially. Wool can fall out with hormonal imbalance, infection with parasites or skin diseases. The diagnosis will be made by a veterinarian.