Take Control Of Shedding
Hey, guys! There’s something every dog lover takes a huge ‘sigh’ over.
Think about it for a minute.
What’s one thing your dog can’t control that absolutely drives your crazy? YES. Shedding!
You walk in to your house, and you see fur tumbleweeds flowing gently through your kitchen. There’s fur in the corners. There’s fur in your car. There’s fur on the furniture. Fur, fur, fur.
My dog, Molly (Saint Bernard), sleeps in a crate at night. Well, the crate is in the corner of my entry way. I have one of those entry ways that’s the size of a living room … kind of like a den of sorts. Every week, I move the furniture and things around, dust, vacuum, sweep (it’s part carpet, and part hardwood).
This week when I moved things around, I kid you not, there was enough fur hidden BEHIND her crate to make another dog.
Obviously, some dogs shed more than others. Some have more fur with thick undercoats. And, there are others who shed so little they’re considered hypoallergenic.
We clearly can’t stop a dog from shedding, but there are a few things we can do to reduce the amount of loose hair so there’s LESS fur.
If you’re one of those people (like me) who have a dog who sheds literally non-stop, this is a must-read for you.
Why Do Dogs Shed?
Dogs shed to get rid of their old, damaged, or extra fur. Those of us who have ‘fluffy’ dogs, when asked ‘how often does your dog shed,’ usually answer with ‘she never stops!’ Right?
Dogs grow a heavy coat in the winter for warmth; then, they shed their winter coat in the spring to prepare for the summer.
If you have a dog with sensitive skin, or one who suffers from allergies, you might even notice some extra shedding.
Let’s Get Rid
of the Fur Tumbleweeds!
Regular, daily brushing is the No. 1 recommendation I have for you today. Brushing makes your dog’s coat cleaner, softer and less likely to shed. You have an opportunity to bond with your dog during brushing, too. It’s a win-win.
Not all brushes are created equal. Each brush (slicker brush, shedding blade, matbreaker, etc.) have a different purpose. Make sure you’re using the right brush for what you’re doing.
Ensuring your dog is eating a food that works with her body is important. A dog’s coat can often reflect what she is eating. If she’s eating a dog food that’s not good for her, her coat will suffer tremendously.
Don’t forget about the fleas. Flea control is critical … especially in the warm months. If your dog has fleas, you’re likely to see your dog scratching excessively and making it rain fur in your home.
Baths are important, too. Clean dogs have a healthier coat. But, don’t use just any shampoo. The regular shampoos will dry his skin out and make his scratch even more. We don’t want that. Instead, grab a shampoo that contains oatmeal to rejuvenate the coat.
My Dog is Shedding Excessively … More than Normal
What seems like excessive, ridiculous amounts of shedding for some dogs may be normal. But, there are some medical reasons your dog could be shedding so much.
Your dog could have a parasite of some sort (fleas, lice, mites), a fungal or bacterial infection, food-related allergies, environment-related allergies, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, or adrenal disease. Other medical reasons for excessive loss of fur include pregnancy, lactation, cancer, sunburn, or may have encountered a toxin of some sort.
As you can see, the causes for excessive shedding can range from minor to severe. If you think your dog could be shedding an abnormal amount, it’s time to call your family veterinarian and make an appointment.
Short, Sweet, and To-The-Point
That’s all I have for you today. I know this was short, but it’s important to handle your dog’s shedding not only for your home, but for the health of your dog.
Until next time, everyone!