why is my dog losing so much hair?

Lost My Dog why is my dog losing so much hair?, I have a german shepherd/ blue heeler mix, recently she had fleas so I gave her some flea and tick drops, the kind you put down their back. Afterwards she ...

08-08-08, 17:22
  why is my dog losing so much hair?
I have a german shepherd/ blue heeler mix, recently she had fleas so I gave her some flea and tick drops, the kind you put down their back. Afterwards she started losing hair but i thought she was just shedding, earlier today i brushed her for about 30 minutes and she still continued to shed. so i gave her a bath with some dog shampoo that is suppose to help stop shedding and when i got home i noticed her hair seems a lot more fine then it was before, is this from shedding or something else?
i feed her beneful healthy harvest about 2- 3 times a day

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08-08-08, 17:26
They shed more during summer months.
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08-08-08, 17:27
They can lose hair from shedding or fleas.Fleas make them scratch so much that they pluck out their own hair without noticing.
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08-08-08, 17:28
~ What brand of dog food do you feed your dog?

How much and how often?

That is not a good food at all. This is why your dog is shedding so much hair and why it would be thin and if perhaps your dog gets stinky easy, this would be why!

Metabolizable Energy (ME)
3628 kcal/kg
1646 kcal/lb
345 kcal/cup

Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein concentrate, soybean meal, pearled barley, brewers rice, tricalcium phosphate, sugar, water, animal digest, sorbitol, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium carbonate, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried apples, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), DL-Methionine, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

Crude Protein (Min) 25.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 10.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 14.0%
Linoleic Acid (Min) 1.3%
Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.9%
Iron (Fe) (Min) 100 mg/kg
Vitamin A (Min) 10,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 100 IU/kg

Animal feeding tests using Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) procedures substantiate that Beneful Healthy Harvest dog food provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.

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Review Date: Sat March 22, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0

Pros: NONE
Cons: Zero meat content, low quality ingredients throughout, fat of unidentifiable origin, artificial colorant

The primary ingredient in this food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food, and which is also commonly associated with food allergies. Even if this had been a good quality grain, we would still note that grains are an unnatural foodstuff for canines, and that dog food products should be based on meat rather than grain. Corn gluten meal, next on the ingredient list, is also low quality. This is defined as that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.

Wheat flour is a further low quality ingredient. In dog food products, this is commonly a byproduct (think floorsweepings) of human food production and is a grain fragment we consider primarily filler. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergy problems in dog foods.

Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".

The protein content of this food comes primarily from soy protein and soybean meal. Soy is a product we prefer not to see used in dog foods, especially this high on the ingredient list. Soy is a very common cause of food allergy problems, and although boosting the (otherwise minimal) protein content of this food, it is very low quality protein compared to that sourced from meat. There is no meat in this food at all.

Remaining grains are barley, which is decent quality, and brewers rice which is a low quality byproduct. There is a small amount of fruit and vegetable matter in the food.

We note the presence of synthetic vitamin K - a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems and which is progressively being removed from better quality products. There is no excuse for adding artificial colorings to dog food products.

These ingredients say a lot about the food. If you look at a quality food like Orijen and compare ingredients there is a HUGE difference.

Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat, sweet potato, whole eggs, turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil, sun-cured alfalfa, dried brown kelp, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, glucosamine Hcl, cranberries, black currants, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, sea salt.

If you change your dogs diet you will see a huge difference in the coat, smelly, loss of hair and shine.

Also I would assume you are over feeding your dog because the corn is not much calories. With a food like Orijen you would feed half as much.

Look at this comparrison.

Pedigree/Beneful (50-75lb. dog): 4 to 5-1/3 cups a day
Orijen (45-75lb. dog): 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 cups a day!

These are the foods to look for: Innova, EVO, Orijen, Merricks, Solid Gold (Barking at the moon), Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken, Chicken Soup for the dog lovers soul, Timberwolf, Natures Variety, Pinnacle, Wellness, California Natural, Now!, GO!,

www.naturapet.com www.orijen.ca www.canidae.com

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08-08-08, 17:38
It could be from shedding, could be from flea dermatitis, could be from something else. Unfortunately, we can't see your dog so we cannot diagnose her.

Your best bet would be to take her in for a vet visit for a proper exam and diagnosis.
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