3 Tips to Help Reduce Shedding

by Connie on April 19, 2012

Just about every dog breed sheds, but some more than others.  Shedding occurs when your dog’s hair comes to the end of its life stage, which happens about twice a year.  You may have noticed that when you take your dog to the vet. he will suddenly start shedding excessively; this is because shedding can also be caused by stress, fear, and anxiety.  This type of shedding though typically resolves after the dog is removed from the trigger.  Regular shedding on the other hand, needs to be managed differently.  There are three tips that can help you minimize the amount of hair that your dog sheds as well as make the process go by quicker.

1. Brush Your Dog’s Hair

Unfortunately, there is no magical way to get rid of shedding, as it is a natural part of every canine’s life.  What you can do to greatly minimize the amount of hair that sheds from your dog is practice regular brushing.  This will take some time and patience, but it’s worth not having so much dog hair in your home!

There are two types of brushes that are essential for reducing shedding; one that can remove the undercoat, and one that traps the loose hair.  Before brushing, run your fingers through your dog’s entire coat so that the brush can have easier access to the loose hair.  Brushing before and after a dog bath is advised; this will help get rid of the loose hair before it becomes wet, and also remove the dead hair that is loosened during the bath.

2. Use a Special Shampoo

There are various types of shampoos that contain special ingredients such as Omega 3 which can help keep the coat healthy.  If you’re not sure which type of shampoo to select, ask your veterinarian; he or she will be able to recommend a special shampoo that helps with shedding as well as maintaining your dog’s coat healthy.

3. Select a Healthy Dog Food

Like with people, what a dog eats directly affects his overall health.  That means that if your canine eats a high quality dog food, he is more likely to have a healthier skin and coat.  If shedding is a big problem, there are special diets designed for skin and coat care.  These types of dog foods typically contain Omega 3 and other nutrients that are beneficial for the coat.

One last tip/myth that is important for you to know is that shaving your dog does not help with shedding.  It may seem like it helps, but this is because the hair is shorter and not as noticeable.  Shaving will also not get rid of the undercoat.  In addition, shaving your canine can increase the risk of your dog getting sunburned, injured, stung by insects, etc.  While shaving is sometimes necessary to keep a dog cool, if it is not needed it is best to avoid shaving.

Brushing is the best advice any groomer or veterinary health professional can give to anyone dealing with a shedding issue.  Performing the task daily can sound hectic, but as time passes it will become part of a regular routine.  This can also bring you and your canine friend closer, and you can also detect health issues such as tumors, abscesses, and injuries that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

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