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Is anybody noticing excessive shedding or have any ideas why? I know dobermans do shed, having had others before Bella but suddenly she is losing fur like crazy - although she is not having any other skin issues, haven't changed food, she seems healthy otherwise and is on the correct dosage for her low thyroid...any thoughts???

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are they actual bald patches showing?  if you're that concerened I would be asking your Vet.    All dog/cats shed...to what extent would probably depend on what climate you are in, etc.  It is spring...

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No bald patches...I know it is nearly spring...I am in Pennsylvania...not really spring yet but we have had a very mild winter, wondering about that.  I will of course talk to my vet just wondered if anyone else had noticed this because it does seem excessive and early...

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I am always surprised by how much more Harley sheds compared to my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  His hair gets everywhere!  They are both single-coat dogs, but Harley is defiantly the shedder of the two.

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Sofia sheds on and off.. sometimes it seems like I'm picking 'eyelashes' out of everything.. other times I sweep up almost nothing..

True, it's more so when it starts to get warm.. maybe Bella is anticipating a hot summer??

Do you brush her regularly? What about her diet? I can;'t remember what it is you're feeding her.. maybe a dab of olive oil a couple of times a week?? Is her coat shiny or dull? course or sleek?

Sofia tends to be a little dry and regular brushing helps get rid of the old hair.. she also gets a scrambled egg three times a week.. She's on regular thyroid meds and has maintained her TSH level for two years on the same meds..

Now.. if I can reassemble this message to be a cohesive post rather than thinking out loud on the keyboard.. it might make a little more sense..

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LOL... I followed it!  You must be having a "Lilian" moment cause that is how I write all the time.

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I agree with Kate. Harley sheds most when it starts getting warmer, but pretty much sheds all year round. I keep it under control by daily brushing and wiping him over with pet wipes. I brush first and then wipe last. Get's rid of all the loose dirt and hair and dust and keeps his coat looking nice and healthy. I've also noticed he never has that doggy smell either, could be his raw diet though. I vacuum everyday and wash our sheets twice a week, the filters on the vacuum and the washing machine are always FULL of those little 'eyelashes' lol :)

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This is where having a blue is convenient...

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i've been saying for the past couple of days i was going to post about this very same thing....i too have had other dobes, live in same place, feed the same food, but NONE of the others shed like this....her coat is shiny and smooth, no bald patches and she also gets oils....but man, girl looses some hair :)....i too was wondering if anyone else was having this issue

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Thanks for the input everyone...I do brush her daily, she has a little bit of olive oil in her food every morning..and only was shedding what I consider to be normal shedding up until a couple of weeks ago.  And her coat is dandruff free and glossy and shiny..I'm feeding her ProPlan for sensitive skin and stomach....this because she did have skin issues when she was found but we thought that was probably due to her near starvation...also she always has had a sensitive stomach and the other foods I tried (blue buffalo and Wellness) both gave her a little bit of loose stool...she has done really well on the ProPlan...which I know is not a premium food.  But her system seems to tolerate the ProPlan better She also gets a quarter cup of green beans every morning and boiled chicken breast in her dinner every night.  Her coat is more coarse than sleek...Maybe Lady Kate is right and she is just anticipating summer...And we did have a very unusually mild winter here.  It's just that this doberman Mom is such a worrywort where little Bella is concerned.....

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My friend who is a Vet in Germany told me that it is not really the warm weather that makes dogs shed, but exposure to sunlight. As the days get longer... sun stays up longer... the dogs are exposed to sunlight for a longer period. I found that it helps when I rub Dexter with a yellow (rubber) glove. The ones you use for cleaning and dishes. He lost all his soft and cuddly baby fur^^ I even found it in rooms he does not enter!