Why do cats and dogs lose hair?

Dogs and cats enrich their owners’ lives, but even the most avid fans of these furry friends may not love all the hair they can lose. But the shedding has to serve the animals in some way, right? So why do they make fur if they only lose it later? And are there times when shedding is a health problem?

Moulting is a normal part of life for animals with hair and not a waste of effort. Normally, shedding helps remove dead hair and release natural oils into the skin, according to the Animal Health Company Zoeti (opens in a new tab). If dead hair is not removed, skin irritation can occur.

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