Your favorite pug sheds and this becomes an insurmountable problem for many owners. Like many short-haired dogs, pugs molt seasonally. This happens about 2 times a year and lasts about 2-3 weeks. There are also such options for normal molting:
- depending on age;
- during the end of lactation.
How does age molting occur and what are its features? 6 weeks after birth, the first delicate coat of pugs changes, and with it the color. Dark lumps lighten and approach beige and apricot shades. In the next stage, which usually occurs after 6 months, the pug sheds heavily, because the entire coat is replaced by a tough mature dense coat.
During seasonal changes in spring and autumn, the pug’s hair falls out, while the undercoat and a little awn change. Indoor dogs find it difficult to navigate in the changing seasons and in the ambient temperature, for them it is constantly comfortable. For this reason, the owners of some animals note a shift in molting to summer and winter.
When a dog is feeding its offspring or nearing the end of lactation, there is little hair loss. If the molt is not too abundant, then you should not dwell on the essence of the problem. But if the litter was large or the diet was unbalanced, then the inclusion of vitamins A and B, fatty acids will be required. When using natural food, add fish to the diet.
If you think your pug will soon be molting, feed him general vitamins. This will help reduce shedding. Specialized vitamins for wool should not be given to pugs, they make the wool more fluffy, which spoils the appearance. From such vitamins, the kidneys of the animal receive an additional load, and the urine is painted in a bright color.
The most effective and proven remedy when a pug sheds is a furminator, also known as a trimmer. This special brush comb helps pug owners get rid of dying undercoats. And this will lead to a decrease in the amount of wool that you are used to finding in your home and on your clothes. Avoid using this device more than twice a week.
Now let’s think about what to do if the pug sheds out of season and not by age, but constantly. Usually, the owner is to blame, who does not like smell or dirt and constantly washes the animal, violating the skin and a special lubricant. The permissible rate of washing is 1 time per month, and if possible, less often. The odor in a quadruple appears with increased production of the sebaceous glands. A large amount of sebum leads to contamination of the lining and the appearance of a fungus, demodicosis may occur. All this contributes to an increase in shedding.
Another cause of hair loss can be inappropriate indoor temperatures. Pugs are comfortable at 26 degrees or below, but not around 30. Untimely deworming is a common cause of many coat problems. With diseases of the liver and biliary tract, pancreatitis in dogs, there is a connection with the coat and skin, and you can find out by blood tests. Critical vitamin deficiency also leads to molting, which is often the case in dogs on natural food. The premium and superfood contain a selected complex of vitamins, the rest of the animals need to include it additionally, especially for puppies during the growth period. Adult pets also need vitamins, they improve the condition of all organs and have a great effect on well-being.