Fun Facts About Fido’s Fur

Does your canine buddy have long, fluffy fur? Or is Fido’s coat short and sleek? Man’s Best Friend wears a variety of hairstyles, and they’re all pretty cute in our book. Read on to learn some interesting things about dog fur from a Dunn, NC vet.

All Dogs Shed

Seasonal weather changes will trigger shedding cycles in many dogs. Of course, some dogs shed more than others do. However, don’t assume that longhaired dogs shed the most. Some pooches with short, thick fur shed more than their floofy friends! Even dogs that were ‘designed’ not to shed will drop some fur.

Never Shave Fido

Although some pups are more comfortable in summer with a cool summer ‘do, this definitely doesn’t apply to all pooches. Dogs with double coats, such as huskies and retrievers, should never have their fur shaved, unless of course there is a medical need for it.

Growth Cycles

Hair—including dog hair—goes through several different cycles of growth. There is the anagen stage, which is active growth; the catagen stage, which is when it has reached its full length; and the telagen stage, which is when growth becomes dormant. Then, there’s the exogen stage, the most fun of all: shedding time!

Dangerous Dander?

Chances are, you probably know someone who’s allergic to dog hair. Or do you? As it turns out, people usually react to the dander, which are dead skin cells, rather than the fur itself.

All Dogs Need Brushing

No matter how what length or type of fur your pet has—thick, thin, long, or short—he’ll still need to be brushed regularly. This will remove dead fur and dander from his coat. With longhaired dogs, it also prevents and eliminates mats and tangles. This is also a good way to spend time with your pooch. Fido may also do that adorable automatic leg thump dogs do when you get that itchy spot.

Fido’s Coat Can Change Color

Dog fur can change color over time. A pup that was born tan may become white, while one that was born white may develop markings. Dalmatians, for example, don’t get their spots until they are about a month old. Fido’s fur may also turn grey as he ages, especially around his muzzle.

Do you have questions about your pet’s coat, diet, or care? Contact us, your Dunn, NC vet clinic, today!

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