Ask a Dog Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.Well, it may not be significant at all. It just depends on how much undercoat has developed, and therefore, the degree of shedding to observe. At this age, and with no other symptoms of skin infections, crusting, patchy areas of complete hair loss, I have no reason to suspect any endocrine conditions like hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) or other endocrine diseases like Cushing's.If you were to start seeing any patchy areas where skin is showing, that would warrant veterinary examination.Also, if she happens to be licking or chewing her feet a lot, that could also suggest an envioronmental allergy that could be exacerbating some of the hair loss.
It is possible that this is just an unusually heavy seasonal shed, but if the problem is persisting, and she's seeming to have thin hair afterwards, I might consider some blood tests to check for hormonal abnormalities such as hypothyroidism or cushing's disease. Either of these issues can cause poor hair coat or excess shedding/ thinning coat
Also make sure your fish oil supplement is sufficient for her size, high in omega fatty acids. For a Samoyed she should be getting 1000 mg EPA & DHA daily in her diet
If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION. Bonuses are always welcome (I am not compensated in any other way). Thanks!
If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. Altman..." or "Dogdoc4u..." and others will leave the questions for me. Good luck to you both!!!
I am going to change formats in a few moments to ensure you are able to view my responses and ask any additional questions you might have. You may have to "refresh" your browser to see any additional comments on my part if you respond in live chat format. Thank you!
Dear Dr Altman
Thank you for this information - I will try her on a higher dose of fish oil and if that doesn't work I will get a blood test. she isn't scratching or biting