Why Does My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shed So Excessively ?

I have an 10 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Lately he has been shedding insanely and I don’t know whats causing it or what to do. I’ve been feeding him EVO (red meat) which has 77% protein and no grain fillers. Could that be causing it ? If not what do you think ? Also if the amount of protein in the food is causing it, what food do you suggest ? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

CKCS do have a slight undercoat, so shedding during temperature changes is to be expected. He’s becoming an adult and this is the first season you’ve had him as he transitions from cold to warm climate. If he has any areas of complete hair loss (alopecia) where you see skin without any hair, get him to his DVM to evaluate his skin for excess demodex mites, bacterial or fungal infection, fleas, or other causes of abnormal skin/coat. Evo has sufficient omega fatty acids, protein, and fat, so his diet is not the cause.

CKCS should be groomed professionally every 6-8 weeks, and daily routine brushing/combing by you at home, as their feathers get very long, at the hind, along legs, on ventrum (underside), neck, ears, and between toes. Matting can occur quickly and easily with out maintenance grooming, and a groomer can trim and neaten up the feathers once every 6 weeks. They are so adorable when freshly groomed, with neat feet, ears, and clean, crisp hind ends! Not that the "feather fest" isn’t its own form of messy cuteness.

Ensure your Cavalier’s heart is ausculted every 6 months, and more often once they detect a murmur or abnormal heart circulation at all. They are very predisposed to heart disease. Second, are eye problems. But, their demeanor cannot be matched, such a companion and lap dog. Loves to please people! Only once have I had an aggressive CKCS patient, and he was so neglected and abused, it was expected. Even he was a puddle of wiggly fur after a year of patient socialization and training with his owner! The 30 plus others have all been super sweet and gentle wee ones.

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3 Responses to Why Does My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shed So Excessively ?

  1. Bully Breeds Rule ox says:

    Every dog blows their coat once a year but remember the weather is awful at the moment one minute is hot the next its not so this could be adding to it also.

    Cavs do shed a lot and they need grooming every day and need to go to the groomers every 6 months. To reduce shedding you can get a liquid called YEMGA you add it to their food and it controls shedding.

    It could be to do with food, maybe try something different and see if it helps.
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  2. mykingofcanines says:

    I have a cav that did the same at that age. He could be shedding his puppy coat but in general they do shed a lot anyway. I use a de-shedding tool every other day to get rid of loose hairs and it really seems to be making a difference to the amount of hair we see all around the house!

    If he’s shedding so much that he’s getting bald patches its best to go to the vet to get his diet etc checked out.
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    I have a 13 month old Cavalier myself

  3. NCSU Happy Dog says:

    CKCS do have a slight undercoat, so shedding during temperature changes is to be expected. He’s becoming an adult and this is the first season you’ve had him as he transitions from cold to warm climate. If he has any areas of complete hair loss (alopecia) where you see skin without any hair, get him to his DVM to evaluate his skin for excess demodex mites, bacterial or fungal infection, fleas, or other causes of abnormal skin/coat. Evo has sufficient omega fatty acids, protein, and fat, so his diet is not the cause.

    CKCS should be groomed professionally every 6-8 weeks, and daily routine brushing/combing by you at home, as their feathers get very long, at the hind, along legs, on ventrum (underside), neck, ears, and between toes. Matting can occur quickly and easily with out maintenance grooming, and a groomer can trim and neaten up the feathers once every 6 weeks. They are so adorable when freshly groomed, with neat feet, ears, and clean, crisp hind ends! Not that the "feather fest" isn’t its own form of messy cuteness.

    Ensure your Cavalier’s heart is ausculted every 6 months, and more often once they detect a murmur or abnormal heart circulation at all. They are very predisposed to heart disease. Second, are eye problems. But, their demeanor cannot be matched, such a companion and lap dog. Loves to please people! Only once have I had an aggressive CKCS patient, and he was so neglected and abused, it was expected. Even he was a puddle of wiggly fur after a year of patient socialization and training with his owner! The 30 plus others have all been super sweet and gentle wee ones.
    References :

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