We live in upstate NY so it is not warm here. I just started to notice that I can pull clumps of his fur out (like in the summer time) I have other Huskies and they are not losing their fur like he is. He spends most of the day and night outside and some of it he is inside. Is this clumps of fur left over from summer or is there something wrong?
Hard to say without seeing the dog. He could just belowing his coat, which is also not abnormal for this time of year. But you need to get a brush out, and see if you can see any problems down to his skin, ie redness or rash, etc. Or take him to a vet for a check up.
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My husky blows her coat in the middle of winter and the middle of summer. I sometimes wonder how the heck she stays warm during the winter (as she is mostly outside because she hates being in the house). But she has never had any problems. The part I notice first is on her neck and behind her ears, where she can scratch at it most to get the loose clumps out. The last part to blow is on the backs of her back legs.
Hmmm... If his skin looks okay. You wouldn't think it would be Sarcoptic Mange (sp?) We've never had them blow a coat at the beginning of winter either, but It's possible if it is an especially mild winter in NY. It's been well below 0 w/ lots of snow here for a while now. So it stays cold enough for them not to blow a second time.
We have had several huskies and malamutes and have found there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to when or how often tehy blow their coat. I have had some do it twice a year, some only in spring, and my one fellow never loses a hair until November, then it comes out by the pound! My vet has never been able to give me an explanation, other than perhaps fluxuations of hormones might influence it. It could just be leftover dead hair that didn't come loose in summer, so it wasn't brushed out. Now he is getting his new winter layer in and it is probably pushing it out. If your vet doesn't find anything wrong, don't sweat it. As long as he acts healthy and his skin looks good, it is probably just one of those "things".
I will let you all know what the vet says. My husband thinks I worry too much - but isnt that what mothers do? The only thing different about him is that he got fixed and he had a case of whipworm. Other than that nothing else new. Also, when animals get fixed dont they usually gain weight? It has been about 3 months or so since the surgery and with most of his fur gone he looks skinnier than ever? The weather in NY has been somewhat mild mid -30 degrees - basically no snow and sometimes it gets below freezing but that is about it. Last year the weather here was much more warmer at this time but this did not happen to him.
I agree with moenmitz, esp if he was just neutered. It could just be a hormonal thing. Also have your vet check him for tapeworms. It is common for Huskies to get b/c they like to hunt. They get them from the bowels of small animals. It is easily treatable with one little pill. If he still isn't gaining weight, and all other medical reasons have been explored, here is a recipe that is somewhat like Satin Balls. I have used it on some of my fosters when they were having a weight problem, and it worked great!
FATTEN 'EM UP QUICK MEATLOAF Note: This requires a huge pot for mixing! Makes a two week supply for one dog. 1 dozen hard boiled eggs, chopped 10 lbs of inexpensive hamburger meat 20 oz Jar of Wheat Germ 1 canister of Knox Gelatin, joint complex, (Knox Unflavoured NutraJoint Powder 5.5oz) 1 large box of Total breakfast cereal [Australians use 340 grams of Sanitarium Weetbix] 2 x 1 lb boxes of Quaker oatmeal, (the kind you cook) 1½ cups Canola Oil 12 oz jar of unsulfered Molasses ¼ tsp salt 1 heaping teaspoon minced Garlic, (jarred variety or fresh, NOT dried) Box of 1qt Freezer bags
Just dump all into huge pot and dig in. It takes some effort, and you will be up to your elbows, but you want to mix thoroughly. Separate into 14 freezer bags, gently squeezing out the air before sealing. Flatten out the bags, (this will allow for a quicker thaw period), and lay flat on a freezer shelf. Feed one packet each day, half in morning, half in evening. Breaking up into chunks, or rolling into meatballs. Joan Fremo Pyrangel Rescue Network Pyrangel@webtv.net Web Site
Hope this helps. Always make sure other reasons have been ruled out. Since Huskies are an active breed, they sometimes have trouble keeping weight on this time of year. This should help.
He went to the vet on friday and he actually gained 10 pounds in 3 or so months. It actually looked like he lost weight because he lost his fur. My husband did not believe the vet when she told him how much he weighed - he made her weigh him two more times to make sure. The vet also took some blood and should have results tomorrow. He also has no more whipworm either.