How much shedding is normal for a beagle? Mine is 13 mos. old and she sheds terribly!! She leaves enuf hair for another dog where ever she lays. She had her first heat back in Jan. that was when it started, at first I thought hormones? Then it almost completely stopped. Then it started again in the spring, then I thought losing winter coat? But it continues.... I'm going to talk to the vet, but I thought someone could give me some advice. Could it be a nutritional problem? I've seen some supplements that are supposed to help with shedding...does anyone know anything about them?
I would try going with a food without any filler in it: corn, wheat, soy...make sure that the food is meat based...mafia seems to know a lot of nutrition...she would be a great one to answer. Some of my recommendations would be: Sensible Choice Premium Edge Natural Balance Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul Solid Gold Eagle Pack Holistic California Natural Innova Nutro Ultra (these are in no particular order...and there are other several good foods out there. The thing is, is that you don't know exactly what is causing so much shedding.) Some of the supplements I would recommend that is helpful for shedding: Nurpo Missing Link 3V Caps Derm Caps (those are in order from my favorite to least favorite...but it doesn't mean it would be yours) Also, make sure you are brushing everyday. That is always a big help. I find the shedding blades works wonders!!! It is definately a great tool to have!!
Thanks everyone for your input..... as I wrote in another post about my Beagle, this is one dog who has had food issues since she was a puppy. I have wondered if its possible for a dog to have anorexia. She ABSOLUTELY does not like any kind of dog food, we have tried Iams, Pedigree, Alpo, Purina, Kibble N' Bits etc. Tried canned, gave her an upset stomach. I know some would think that we have somehow caused this problem, but we were determined that she would be fed a good quality food from the start with occassional treats thrown in. She will eat the food for a few days then she starts snubbing it, we've tried waiting her out til she got hungry enuf, didn't work, thought she was gonna starve! I've tried making it tastier with chicken or beef stock, that works for a day or 2, then back to square 1. She even turns her little nose up (at times) to chicken, beef, turkey etc. all people food. She has me stumped, because we have had several other dogs and they were always ravenous from day 1. Is it possible for a dog to have an eating disorder? She is healthy, weight and all, just the shedding. Oh!!!! And she doesn't like the usual dog treats either. She will eat the occ. Milkbone biscuit, but things like the Beggin' strips etc, she won't eat them.
I think you should look at a better food source to start with. I do'nt mind PUrina Pro Plan and am so-so about Iams, but there are much better choices available. PMI Exclusive, Royal Canin, Canidae, Natural Balance, Nutro, and I'm sure there will be many more suggested. I would go to some of the dog food posts here and take a look.
Changes will not happen overnight, so give your new choice some time. Also be sure to gradually introduce it. The feed choices you have are high in grain and other fillers, so this new choice will be much richer. And they should eat less too.
PS-My dogs won't eat beggin strips either. But there are some great treats on the market. Mine like liver based treats or PMI Biscuits. Check out www.petedge.com or Drs. Foster and Smith for more suggestions.
I'd be happy to buy her any dog food she will eat. Just don't know what can be done for a dog who has feeding problems. (please read my original post at top for the "story" of her eating history) . I've never had a dog who just doesn't want to eat. Even people food. I could take a big juicy T-bone and sit it down in front of her AND there is more than a very good chance she will walk away without even tasting it. She will go as high as 2 days and never touch a bite of any food, then eat good for a day and so on.... Shes perfectly healthy, she was just at the vets last week. Sometimes when you try to discuss eating problems with your vet (and mine is great) they just kind of look at you like " Now come on, You're feeding her too many table foods, sweet treats,etc." Not true!!! I can honestly say that the fact that she has grown and thrived as well as she has is astounding to me. She just makes me think of some of those teenage girls you see in TV movies who have eating disorders. Or ??? should I just stop stressing over this, as long as she is healthy, just feed her whatever foods she will eat (healthy ones of course!) and put her on a good vitamin supplement. Just chalk it up to maybe she is that rare dog that is not obsessed with food. One note tho.. she does have nasal and respiratory allergies and I have to limit her time outside in high pollen season, I think she does eat better in the winter. Related????