All dogs shed, and French bulldogs will release their coat especially during the shedding season. Even though they belong to moderate shedders, extreme French bulldog hair loss can point out some severe conditions. French Bulldogs can go through cycles where they lose more fur in one month than other dogs do over an entire year!
The reason why is unclear at present – it could be stress or health-related condition. Therefore, don’t worry too much if you notice your pup shedding heavily right now; just monitor closely for any changes that may occur during these times before deciding anything further needs addressing with vet advice. The Key: understanding your dog’s breed type will help you know when something needs attention or not!
Speaking generally, all dogs lose their coats twice a year because they need to prepare them for warmer months. By releasing old hair, your Frenchie is able to grow a new set of hair for colder months. However, if your furry friend starts to lose the hair in patches and his/her skin becomes red and irritated, then you have to search for an underlying condition.
What are the causes of my French bulldog hair loss issue?
- Allergies in French bulldogs
- Seasonal shedding
- Hormonal problems
- Poor nutrition
- Mange in French bulldogs
- Bacterial and other infections
Allergies are often one of the biggest culprits for your French bulldog hair loss. These little batpigs can develop allergies to food ingredients and environmental triggers such as dust, mites, house cleaning chemicals, plants, and insect bites. In case your Frenchie bites and licks his paws, and deals with constant itchiness, then probably became an allergy sufferer.
Allergies in French bulldogs can even occur when the dog wears clothes made of unpleasant fabrics. Laundry detergent or floor cleansing agents could also be the triggers, so you have to observe all the factors before you make a conclusion.
– Seasonal shedding
Speaking generally, shedding season in Frenchies occurs twice a year. In the springtime, your furry friend’s coat becomes lighter in preparation to cool down with warmer weather ahead. Similar happens during the fall season when dogs prepare their coats for harsh weather. During this period, you have to brush your French bulldog’s coat regularly. In that way, you’ll distribute the skin oils evenly through the coat and make it shiny and healthy. To easier deal with shedding season, we recommend you use a grooming glove that will help you easier reach all the places on a dog’s body.
Just like humans, dogs can also deal with hormonal problems. For example, if your dog went through a stressful situation such as the loss of a family member, thunderstorm, relocation, or loneliness, then you have to monitor if any strange symptoms occur. Stressful situations lead to excessive production of stress hormones called cortisol which is often the trigger of French bulldog hair loss. Other hormones that can influence your Frenchie’s hair growth are estrogen, melatonin, testosterone, and thyroxin.
Since your French bulldog’s coat reveals a lot about his health, we have to carefully choose ingredients for his diet. French bulldog hair loss can be triggered by eating unhealthy ingredients such as by-products and a dry kibble that is rich in corn and soy, and artificial flavors and colors. Feeding a dog with your food leftovers should also be forbidden because our food is often too salty, oily, and spicy for our pets.
Mange is a highly contagious condition between dogs that can lead to excessive hair loss. Intense itching, hot spots, skin lesions, and scaled skin are only some of the signs that will point out to mange. To prevent your furry friend from this disease, you have to regularly groom and bathe him, clean his bed once a week, and avoid taking your pooch to dirty parks and areas.
Bacterial and other infections
Unfortunately, dogs can suffer from a number of bacterial and other infections. Therefore, we have to carefully monitor their behavior and body language if any strange symptom occurs. Hair loss is typically an obvious condition and a variety of symptoms occur depending on the cause. Here is the list of symptoms that will point out to a potential French bulldog hair loss condition:
- Foul odor
- Patches of complete hair loss
- Red skin and hot spots
- Black or dark grey skin under hair loss
- Dry, scaly skin around the area of hair loss
- Overall thinning of the hair
- Hair loss around eyes, ears, and mouth
How to treat the French bulldog hair loss issue?
Depending on the diagnosis that should be performed by your vet, your dog might need one of the following therapy. To determine the exact cause of the problem, your veterinarian may perform a blood test, biopsy, skin scraping, skin impression smears, allergen elimination trials, luminescence, and allergy testing.
In case of yeast infection, your pooch will get an antifungal shampoo and prescribed oatmeal baths.
To decrease itchiness, your vet can prescribe corticosteroid creams to apply a few days.
Antibiotics should be used in case of different bacterial infections.
To boost the dog’s immunity, vets usually prescribe a complex of vitamins that will also leave beneficial effects on your Frenchie’s coat and skin.
Dogs who are allergic to specific food ingredients will need a diet change. In most cases, the BARF diet represents the best solution for pooches who are allergic to grains, by-products, and artificial colors and flavors.