Hair loss beyond shedding

by Tami
(Eufaula Oklahoma)

My male is now 11 months old and the last couple of weeks the shedding started but not to this degree. He just walks by and large amounts of his hair just fall off of him. My house is just covered in it. I just took him to vet and he said he was a healthy boy.

Can anyone tell me what might trigger this? His diet has not changed, no other behaviour or anything at all is different.

I love my baby, and want to help him but have no idea what it could be. I have owned other Pyrenees mix breeds before and other long haired dogs including a Komondor female. They have been raised together as pups. My dogs are very spoiled.

His diet and food has not changed a bit.


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Aug 09, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Aaah, the lovely Pyr coat. So perhaps you could think of this as a precious resource instead of a worry or a mess? If he's losing so much that there's nothing left but bare skin, you know what to do. But your vet says he's healthy so why the worry? Gather up the wool he's gifting you, store it in a paper bag and when you have a big bag-full take it to someone who will spin it into yarn. Knit lovely white Pyr mitts soft as an angora sweater. Its what I do with mine!

Aug 10, 2015
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hair loss
by: Anonymous

I totally feel your frustration with the hair loss but I don't think it's a medical issue. I have a 6 yr old male pyr that lives inside my home. Pyrs supposedly go thru a shedding twice a year but my Brutus seems to shed all the time. I vacuum every other day. And every 2-3 days I give him a good comb out outside which leaves enough hair on the ground for 10 bird nests. Brutus loves the brushing time. My Brutus is 140 lbs and very healthy. So I think the shedding issue is partly because inside dogs shed more than outsiders but mostly just due to the pyr breed. I knew that when I chose my Brutus and will just clean up after him like I did my kids and now my grandkids.

Aug 10, 2015
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hair loss
by: Anonymous

Oh, and by the way...glad to see a post from someone from my neck of the country. I now live in tx but was from Oklahoma! I just posted about my Brutus shedding issues.

Aug 10, 2015
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Hair loss
by: Donna

This is normal. He is moulting and this happens in spring and fall. However, we are in summer so that doesn't help you much.

Is everything else about your dog 'normal'? Is he energetic, does he eat normally (not ravenous), is his skin normal (not red or irritated or dry)?

Diet can play a part, too. Raw diet will play a much better role in your dog's health than kibble. Kibble is a processed meal and is partial filler (as evidenced by all the poop).

Aug 11, 2015
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Normal
by: Anonymous

Echoing what others have already said. Heavy shedding/blowing coats is normal for Pyrs.

Your previous Pyr mixes may not have inherited the Pyr's follicles ; )

Mar 25, 2017
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Worried about my dog
by: Pat

My 6 yr old is losing his hair to vet said nothing wrong blood test came back normal does anybody no the best food for him?

Mar 25, 2017
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Diet
by: Donna

Raw is a species appropriate for dogs. Costs can be lower or the same as kibble.

Kibble is not regulated and you would be shocked to find out what goes into it.

Raw Food Diet

Raw Roundup facebook page

Jul 27, 2018
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Shedding preyenese
by: Anonymous

We are fostering a 15 month old great prey mix and she has lost so much hair in the last 2 months that she now looks like a German Sheppard! I too had blood tests done and they found nothing, although they did suggest not using frontline flea drops. I was vacuuming every other day and combing twice a week....thought it was never going to end!

Apr 25, 2020
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GP hair loss
by: Snack, Va

Our 3yr old Little Ann has done this every spring. She goes thru a phase where she looks like she has Mange. She is a farm dog and runs free. Our neighbors are fine with her daily visits, they were just concerned at first at the clumps of fur she would leave on their property.

I was checking to see if this is normal and, apparently, it is.

And I have to add, my security word to submit this postis 'corona'! Really?! Lol!

Apr 26, 2020
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Coat Loss
by: Donna

Be careful about allowing her to run loose. As long as she doesn't wander beyond your neighbours and she has been spayed. Otherwise, an intact male will find her.

Pyrs molt twice a year–fall and spring–and shed all year round. You should notice how much coat does come out when you groom her. She should be groomed regularly so her coat doesn't become matted. Mats are very painful for a dog. They coats also need to be mat-free to allow the air to move through their skin. And, of course, make sure you are clipping/dremmeling her nails and all dews every couple of weeks.

Here is some information on grooming:

https://k9gentledental.ca/double-coated-dogs/

I hope this helps.

Nov 05, 2020
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Losing hair
by: Anonymous

My pyr has had some skin issues, appeared to be hot spots and had him to 5he vet where he had a couple of spots shaved and that cleared but but have now found he has some other areas that he has scratched on his back. Back to the vet, he is on antibiotics and prednisone now but we live 8n northern Alberta and he is not getting his undercoat yet. This worries me since he is an outside farm dog. Any suggestions as to why this would be?

Nov 06, 2020
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Hot Spots
by: Donna

Neither prednisone nor antibiotics are going to solve the issue it seems. You need to get to the root of the problem. These will bring your dog's immune system down.


My dog was a mess when I adopted her. The vet put her on the same stuff with no success. I finally did my research, engaged a wholistic vet, and got her onto raw. That species appropriate diet got her onto the right track and I haven't looked back.

If you are able to consult with a wholistic vet, that would be helpful. They will definitely get you on the right track.

Here is a list of vets who should be able to help you.

You could also consult with a nutritionist who has successfully put dogs with skin issues back on track. Isabelle, although in Ottawa, Ontario, can help you.

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