There can be many reasons why your dog may need to grow its hair quickly in a healthy manner. The dog might be suffering from fleas that affect its hair quality; it might have had a bad haircut from the local dog groomer; or your dog's breed might lead to strange hair patterns. There are many avenues to explore for improving your dog's hair growth and hair health that have different levels of success, depending on the cause of the hair loss.
Use a flea treatment, but take your dog to the vet first and get an expert opinion if you suspect fleas are the culprit. Ask the vet what treatment he recommends, and begin application as soon as possible. Fleas can inhibit the natural growth of a dog's hair. Treating your dog for fleas will give the dog's hair a chance to grow naturally and grow out the irregular patches caused by fleas, according to eDogAdvice. Most treatments involve giving the dog a regularly scheduled pill that kills the fleas and causes no irritation to the dog.
Add vitamins to your dog's diet to stimulate healthy growth. Vitamins can either nourish the hair itself or support the functions that lead to healthy hair growth, according to Paw Rescue. Vitamin C is proven to help in the regenerative functions of a dog, including hair growth. Vitamin A lubricates the root of each hair to promote fast hair growth, and the vitamin B complex supports a number of bodily functions, including those that govern hair growth, according to Paw Rescue.
Change your dog's diet to add the needed nutrients that lead to hair growth. Hair loss in dogs can be contributed to food allergies, and your dog might be allergic to some element of the food you are feeding it. Creating your own meals for your dogs in lieu of store-bought varieties. Make sure the meals contain the correct balance of proteins, minerals and vitamins. Monitor the amount of food your dog is eating, as lack of nutrition can also lead to hair loss, according to Pet Place.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.