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ASK the VET; Pets and their People.

OUR vet Brian Faulkner, from Petplan, has 16 years of experience and is a freelance working all over the country. Send your questions to Brian at: Petplan, Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9DX or via Petplan's Facebook page

Q I HAVE an Irish setter who is only three years old and has been shedding more hair than usual. Is this something I should be worrying about?

BRIAN replies: Most dogs tend to moult twice a year over a relatively short period of two to three weeks. But many have extended moulting periods, and this is not unusual if your dog has been neutered. If your dog is moulting, regularly brush the hair out. However, the hair loss could be due to parasites such as fleas, lice and mites. If the dog is scratching, that suggests it may have parasites, and if so, get it treated.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2016
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