Question by  ash (27)

What could be the cause of hair loss in whelping dogs?


Answer by  herzog (555)

Hair loss sometimes seen in whelping females is the result of stress and hormone fluctuation as the result of pregnancy and lactation. Usually it is not a permanent problem and a good diet after the pups are weaned will bring back the coat in the bitch.


Answer by  madlambe (197)

Dogs hair does not grow all the time. There is a resting stage and a growing stage. When a bitch is whelping it can be a great source of stress to her. This may result in the resting stage prematurely taking place. This hair loss may also be as a result of a change in the bitches hormones.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

Stress there body is under a lot of stress and when the stress hits the body the hair is what needs the least amount of nutrients.


Answer by  bsatterfield (131)

Hair loss in any animal is a sign of stress. Something in the environment of this dog is causing to be highly stress. Maybe a food reaction, but I would say stress.


Answer by  Trueakitalover (1728)

The one reason that I can truly think of for this happening is that the whelping dog is under a tremendous mount of stress during this time. It could be related to the type of diet the dog is on also.

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