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Hair loss after pregnancy!??

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just wondering if it's normal for my lady to have lost her long hair after her 1st pregnancy? She looks like a lab right now, she had a very full & fluffy coat before she had her pups! I know they took alot out of her, but when does it start growing back? It worries me, just doesn't look like herself, almost sickly?! Thanks alot!
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Don't know about dogs, but my hair thinned out after each pregnancy.
I'm sure you'll get some good advice. The Forum's full of it.
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It is quite normal. KNow that doesn;t make her look better but it is. How long it grows back is a question of quality of food and time of year. Being spring with summer coming it mike take a little longer.

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Yes, that is very normal (and very sad ) You will see her coat coming back by her next heat cycle in all probability. It may take a year to return to normal.
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Yes its called "blowing her coat" My breeder has said. Its very normal.
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Hello,
just wondering if it's normal for my lady to have lost her long hair after her 1st pregnancy? She looks like a lab right now, she had a very full & fluffy coat before she had her pups! I know they took alot out of her, but when does it start growing back? It worries me, just doesn't look like herself, almost sickly?! Thanks alot!
Yup, I agree with the rest! Before my poor girl had her final litter I hacked off all of her feathering, to keep her cleaner and so I wasnt worried about puppies getting caught in it.
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They all do it. If you're lucky though, the mountain of hair won't get sucked into your a/c condenser ($83 to have it cleaned out). It does grow back; how quickly depends on the dog, but Shake took about 9 months to get all of her fluff back.
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It's normal for a female to blow coat after the puppies are weaned. I adopted my Golden as a young adult after she was bred by our breeder. I brought her home shortly after her pups were weaned and her coat was coming out in handfuls. I could fill a shopping bag each day.

About two months later we had some issues with her being very lethargic and moody and two months post weaning, her coat was still very sparse and not growing. Turns out my girl had a low thyroid. It's very normal for them to lose their coat but keep an eye over the coming months for things that may not be normal. Sometimes it takes the dog a while to recover from the pups. My dog had a very hard time and lost A LOT of weight. She is currently 11 pounds heavier than when I brought her home and she was done feeding her pups. It took months to get her to gain weight.

Here's a before and after picture (i.e., 2 months post weaning pups after blowing coat (AUG. 07) and then March 08)
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It is a totally normal occurrance. Even Adi has blown out her coat and looks like she was indeed pregnant/whelped, just by coming into milk...it is hormonally based, her coat should come back in just fine.



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Hair loss after pregnancy

You've heard of "phantom pregnancy"?. After an older bitch had a litter, my younger bitch who was a year away from being bred, lost her hair. She is very sensitive but that blew my mind.
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