One of the biggest pains most dog owners feel is dog shedding. Unwanted dog hair covers many car seats, carpets, and household furniture. Cleaning can be very tedious and exhaustive. Although it shedding can’t be totally prevented, it can be controlled. There are several different techniques to control dog shedding. The three most common methods for controlling dog shedding are: brushing, controlling/monitoring diet, and bathing. In this blog, we will explain how to control dog shedding.
Brushing your dog’s hair frequently (maybe even daily depending on the dog) works great for keeping your home free of hair. Consult with your vet to see what brush type (bristle or slicker brush, or a rake) is the most appropriate. Keep in mind that some dogs need more than one type of brush to remove all of the dead hair. Brushing makes your dog’s coat softer, cleaner, and reduces shedding. You can also use de-shedding tools during seasons where your dog’s coats begin to fall off and grow in. Indoor dogs may shed year-round.
A dog’s coat can be attached to their diet! It is recommended that you feed your dog high quality food that lists meat as the main ingredient. You can also add a tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s food. Olive oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that help rejuvenate the skin. Lastly, give your dog plenty of clean water. Especially during the summer months. Dehydration often times leads to dry skin.
Regular bathing gives dogs a healthier coat. Regular baths also helps removes loose hair, which prevents your dog from shedding in the home! Ask your vet or research your dog’s breed to find a proper bathing schedule. This is important as bathing too frequently can cause dry skin, which causes shedding. After bathing, towel dry first and (if needed) you can use a blow dryer (only on the coolest setting). Make sure that you blow the hair in the opposite direction of where it’s growing. This helps get rid of loose hair from the coat.
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What ways do you use to stop shedding with your dog? Let us know in the comments section!