Any dog owner who has had to deal with hair all over the furniture, fluff sticking to their clothes or fur clinging to the carpet will know just how annoying canine moulting can be.

And although shedding hair is a perfectly natural process for all dogs, there are a few things owners can do to minimise moulting and reduce the amount of hair found around the home.

The first step all owners should take is to make sure they groom their dog on a regular basis, ideally every day. Speak to your vet or a professional groomer and they should be able to recommend a brush or comb that is most suitable for your dog's breed and hair type.

However, if the amount of hair your pooch is shedding seems excessive, it might be that there is an underlying issue causing the problem, such as poor nutrition, stress or illness.

Therefore, it can help to take a close look at your canine companion's diet to see if they are receiving all the nutrients they need. It could also be that an allergy or food intolerance is causing the hair loss, so it may be worth considering feeding a hypoallergenic diet such as those provided by Burns dog food.

There are also a range of medical conditions that can cause a pooch to shed excess hair, including fungal or bacterial infections, cancer, parasites, sun burn, immune disease, self-induced trauma and thyroid disease.

If you are concerned about excessive moulting then it's a good idea to look out for other skin conditions such as open sores, foot licking, face rubbing, itching, dry hair and lumps or bumps, as these can indicate that there is something more serious going on.

And in this case, the best thing you can do is visit your vet as soon as possible, so they can advise you on the best course of action.

Written by: Hannah