Pet Deshedding Tools (cont.)

Pet Shedding: When to Worry

Although shedding is perfectly normal for cats and dogs, excessive shedding or shedding to the point of bald spots may point to a more serious problem, says Bartges, such as skin parasites, hypothyroidism, excessive grooming, cancer, or nutritional issues.

"Dogs and cats that exhibit these problems should be examined by a veterinarian," Bartges says.

SOURCES: Barbara Bird, certified master groomer, educator and speaker, Tucson, Arizona. Professional Cat Groomers Association of America board of directors.

Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, professor of medicine and nutrition, the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee.

Veterinary Partner: "Cut the Costs, Keep the Pet."

Linda Easton, international certified master groomer; certifier, International Professional Groomers.

PetGroomer.com: "Dog Grooming Basics."

ASPCA: "Grooming FAQ," "Groom Your Cat," "Grooming Your Dog."

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