6 Ways To Reduce Your Dog's Shedding
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Hair here, hair there, hair absolutely everywhere! We’ve all been there and it’s not fun, it’s cute but definitely not fun.
It’s something every dog owner can relate to and often the final straw comes when you start finding the hair in your meals, on your work clothes, and your bed. But fear not, there are some very straightforward ways in which you can drastically reduce the amount of shedding your furry friend does.
Without further ado, here are 6 Tips on How to Reduce Shedding in Dogs:
1) Daily Brushing
This one may seem obvious but it’s by far the most important. Depending on the type of dog breed you may even need to brush 2-3 times per day (huskies we’re looking at you!).
By consistently brushing every day the loose fur is gone before it even has a chance to stick to your clothes and furniture. It’s worth mentioning that different breeds require different types of brushes.
For example, a short-haired doggo would work best with a ‘bristle’ brush, whilst a long-haired dog would work best with a ‘rake’ brush. For dogs with long, flowing locks a pin brush will be the most effective in controlling the amount of shedding.
It’s best to check in your local dog store as they should be able to advise you on a tailor-made strategy for keeping the shedding to an absolute minimum.
2) Regular Bathing
Perhaps a method you haven’t contemplated for excess shedding, but bathing is indeed a brilliant way to minimize the amount of fur everywhere! Most pet parents will give their pupper a bath after a particularly muddy walk but a bath also helps to remove excess loose fur and matted fur.
If you pay a quick visit to your local veterinarian clinic they should be able to advise you further on the best type of dog shampoo to use for your dog, in fact, there are plenty of ‘anti shed’ shampoos out there,
Similar to dog food, don’t skimp out on higher-quality shampoo just to save a few bucks. Cheaper shampoo can lead to dry and irritated skin, having the reverse effect of what was intended.
3) Get Moisturizing
And I don’t mean that type of moisturizing, I mean adding a healthy amount of moisture to your dog's diet. A strictly dry diet is by no means a bad thing, but if it lacks moisture it can promote the growth of loose, weak fur that is very prone to shedding.
If you’re wondering about how to add in moisture to your dog's diet then here are some great foods you can begin using: melons, green beans, and carrots. Granted, your dog might not be the biggest fan of those but you might be pleasantly surprised.
If your dog isn’t a fan of the veggies, you can use flaxseed oil which will keep your furry friend’s coat in pristine condition, but like before it’s always best to check with your veterinarian. This contains omega-3 fatty acids which condition their skin and coat.
4) Get Nutritious
Excessive shedding can often result from a poor diet. Although you can get dog food for quite cheap, the more expensive dog foods are often the better choice. These companies spend a lot of money on research and development to ensure your dog is getting all the nutrients and supplements they need so if you think that all dog food is the same, I promise you it isn’t. Imagine if your parents would only let you have microwaved food during your childhood, you wouldn’t start shedding but you would end up with some problems.
5) Regular Exercise
Dogs are no different from humans, they need exercise. In fact, how often do you see people working in highly stressful jobs without a full head of hair? (hint: it’s often). Regular and consistent exercises drastically help to lower stress levels, helping to minimize the effect of shedding.
Make sure you’re giving your dog all the exercises they need, not only will they be happy but so will you when you no longer have to spend hours vacuuming and combing.
6) Dual Wield Weapons
Despite all the tips in this guide, your dog may still shed a little, it’s inevitable. To combat this you’ll want to get your dual wield weapons out and ready, a vacuum in one hand, and a lint roller in the other.
There truly is no magic fix for shedding, it’s part of the game and your doggo will provide enough love and cuddles to make you completely forget about the shedding, but that doesn’t mean it’s not annoying.
One mistake pet owners make is to let the fur build upon their furniture and carpets, whilst it can be annoying to do it every day it is definitely worth it, so make sure you’re regularly vacuuming up the excess fur.
If your dog likes to join in on those Netflix marathons you can try placing a sheet up on the sofa to prevent it from getting on the sofa.
And for those daredevils who like to wear all black (me included), just be very, very careful.
What causes dogs to shed excessively?
Although dog shedding is completely normal, there are some telltale signs that it’s not just ‘natural. In fact, your dog may shed due to a multitude of factors such as:
- Parasites (fleas, lice or mites)
- Fungal or bacterial infections
- Inhalant or food-related allergies
- Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease (including Cushing’s)
- Pregnancy or lactation
- Certain medications
- Self-induced trauma due to licking
- Immune disease
- Contact with irritating or caustic substances
- So while it is completely normal, you will definitely want to visit a vet if you notice any abnormal shedding because it could be one of the reasons listed above.
That concludes our tips and tricks on how to minimize your dog's shedding, after all, it is only natural, and they more than make up for it with the daily cuddles and kisses!
P.S If you’re looking to get a new dog we have a great guide on the Top 10 Non-Shedding Dog Breeds which you can find here.