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Old 08-17-2009, 03:47 PM
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Can anybody help me. I have a DdB. He sheds abnormaly. He is a healthy dog. He gets the same food as my other dog (a Great Dane), but he is moltng all year long, and excessively. He does not get any bald spots neither does his fur looks unkept. Although it is not shiny either. I have been giving him vitamines in his food for his fur but to no avail. Is there anything i can do?
(hey i am not a cleaning maniac, i know that with dogs you get hair. I had dogs for the last 30 years - mostly long haired- so i know what it means. But with Gimli .. I brush him daily, and i get tons of hair out of him every day, it is a wonder he still has a fur)
So i am not a newby as a dog owner, and i am not an idiot, but could it be psychological? He is a rescue dog, and did fine the first year, but i have the impression that now he is bored. He has a companion dog and since i have my own company i take them to work with me, so they are never alone.
Anyways,could it be a psychological problem ?
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:12 PM
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If he's overly stressed (visibly so) then the shedding may be due to that. What are you feeding him? He may have a food allergy that your dane doesn't.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:35 PM
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Thanks for your reply. They both get dry food, Eukanuba. According to my vet he is ok with it. His blood tests do not show any allergies, As for stressed... well, difficult to see in a way. Bordeaux's are extremely layed back dogs. The only thing I noticed is that he steals things in the kitchen, but think he does it to get attention, - there is a a whole diner there and he goes for a plastic bottle of water- and plays with it for the rest of the evening. So.. he is a great guy but maybe just nuts ??
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:51 PM
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It may be that Eukanuba is not the best food for him, there are a ton of resources on better foods without corn in them and have higher quality ingredients, that are just as affordable if not more.
I know with my critters that I have excessive shedding using a food that has lower quality ingredients like corn, etc. My APBT rarely sheds but when fed lower quality foods (due to budget) she was shedding like crazy.

Maybe something to look into?
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:30 PM
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^^^ What she said. In general, shedding due to internal problems can be improved by higher quality food with fewer fillers. Ironically, most vets have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to food. They'll try to sell you the brad of whoever is sponsoring them, no matter how bad it is for your dog.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:23 AM
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Thanks, first thing on my "to do" list today is change their diet.

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