Like any other dog, Chihuahuas shed periodically. Care during this period depends on which species the pet belongs to. Usually, this process does not take much time and does not bring any particular discomfort to the dog or its owner. However, if the molt is delayed, it is worth considering that the pet may have health problems.
The main thing to do when a dog sheds is to comb it out. Not only the condition of your apartment depends on this, but also the feeling of comfort of the pet itself. For short-haired dogs, a brush with a medium hardness is more suitable. You need to use it 3-4 times a week. Chihuahuas, which belong to the long-haired variety, need to be paid much more attention. They are combed every day. For this, special combs with rare teeth and blunt ends are purchased.
Another thing that can help with shedding is shampoos. There are several shampoos designed to prevent your dog from shedding too much. One of the most popular ones is called FURminator deShedding Shampoo. There are also many other shampoos for Chihuahuas available.
Cynologists distinguish several types of molt in Chihuahuas:
Age. First, puppies are deprived of the fluff with which they are born. Then older dogs get rid of the dead hair much more often.
Seasonal. It is of a periodic nature, occurs in spring and autumn. By winter, the coat usually becomes denser and thicker, by summer it is a little less frequent and shorter.
Constant. It is observed in dogs that are rarely on the street, suffer from vitamin deficiency. Their coat changes throughout life. Even the change of seasons does not affect this process in any way.
Females sometimes experience postpartum molting. It usually goes away quickly.
Chihuahua Shedding: Problems
Chihuahuas, which are often outdoors and belong to the middle age category, should only have seasonal molt. If the process is delayed, it is possible:
- the dog is overheating;
- too often in contact with water;
- experiencing severe stress;
- eats unsuitable food for her;
- has kidney and liver problems;
- suffers from allergies;
- infected with worms;
- carries fleas, hair eaters, ticks.
In any of the cases, it will not be possible to eliminate the manifestations of such molting without the help of a veterinarian. The dog must first be shown to a veterinarian who will determine the cause. He will also give advice on how to deal with the problem and take care of the coat.