Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
German Shepherd to skinny, and losing fur
An_220886 posted:
I just adopted a 2 year old german shepherd he is 29" from shoulder to toe, he is very skinny only about 75lbs and he is losing a lot of fur, he doesnt have any bald patches but my husky is finished blowing his coat but the shepherd is shedding in bulky patches and it looks really bad what can I do
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
There are a lot of reasons for the condition of your German Shepherd. The hair coat problem can be the result of many things, but it sounds a lot like he has had very poor nutrition before you got him. Some dogs just don't care if they eat or not, but most will eat food readily. Be sure you have him checked out by your veterinarian for general health because there are a number of diseases/conditions that could cause overall poor health. Then make sure that he is on a high quality, high calorie diet (something like a "performance diet") to help him gain some weight.

I hope your vacuum cleaner can keep up with all the hair - my goodness to very hairy dogs!
m1zreis replied to Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS's response:
well he is on a Hills Perscription Diet and the vet wants him weined off of it so we have it mixed 3/1 with nutro and can food he eats well and he is the most hyper active adhd dog I have ever seen
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS replied to m1zreis's response:
Sounds like you are working with your veterinarian and have a good plan of action. Hyper dogs burn a lot of energy too so lots of calories will be necessary. It will take time for the hair coat to straighten out. Thanks for letting me know about the food.
wickedwanda0629 replied to Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS's response:
Try Royal Canine for German Shepherds,
My shep does very well on it.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

Helpful Tips

Excellent website for information on parasites in dogs and catsExpert
I just conducted a seminar and hands-on demonstration on diagnosis of fecal parasites to veterinarians and technicians. An excellent ... More
Was this Helpful?
33 of 48 found this helpful

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Learn more about the AVMA

WebMD Special Sections