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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Shedding - when do they loose winter coat?

My girl is shedding like crazy! Either her spay triggered her to shed her winter coat, or it is seasonal - but its the middle of February!

What month did your dogs shed their winter coat?
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I am in the northeast and my dogs started blowing their coats about two weeks ago. It snowed yesterday and this coming Tuesday it is supposed to be close to 80.
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Constantly! Every time I look at the floor I see hair balls! LOL!
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I am in Alberta, Canada and noted a few days ago that I was seeing little tufts of fur on her side of the bed and the brush has been filling up lately. It was -18 this morning when we went out.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Oh wow, so it is not too early!!!

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I am in the northeast and my dogs started blowing their coats about two weeks ago. It snowed yesterday and this coming Tuesday it is supposed to be close to 80.
I am in northeast too! Same forecast! Well, at least now I know this is normal
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Kona just started shedding like CRAZY this month.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 01:08 PM
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My intact female blew her entire coat at the end of January, just like last year.... Doesn't matter that it was well below freezing and will stay that way for a while yet, hormones make it happen. She hardly sheds at all, otherwise.

My spayed female tends to blow coat in March when temperatures change here. But it's nowhere near as drastic as the complete molt she used to go through before she was spayed. She also sheds more throughout the year, instead of two massive coat blows.
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The day length often triggers shedding. We are well into that now - days have been getting longer since the winter solstice on December 21st.

Temperature is a secondary trigger.
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Yep, it isn't so much the temperature but the daylight hours that trigger shedding and moulting in birds. That said, only one of my dogs started shedding out the Winter undercoat, she started it about a month ago. The males are still keeping the fluff.

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I've noticed it a bit more the past 2wks... but I live in SoCal where our seasons consist of cool, hot, and literally on fire
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