Loose dog hair gets everywhere, but unless you own a hairless breed it's simply a fact of life! But there are ways to minimize dog shedding. Find out why dog's lose so much hair & how to control it.
Dogs lose hair, it's a totally natural process and not something that you can stop, or 'cure'.
Your dog's hair is continually growing and then falling out (much the same way as ours does), and this 3-part cycle can last anywhere from a month to a year depending on the breed and coat type.
There are also certain times of the year, or certain situations, where your dog is going to shed more than normal.
It usually happens twice a year during the major change of seasons (from cold to hot and back again) and is called 'blowing coat'... also often happens in a female dog after she's had a litter.
There are many different types of dogs, there are many different types of coats and some will shed more than others, or shed more noticeably than others.
Breeds that were originally created to live/work outdoors (especially in cold climates), such as German Shepherds, Newfoundlands, Alaskan Malamutes, Pomeranians and so on have tons of hair - both the longer 'outer-coat' hairs and the softer, denser 'under-coat'. This means that they tend to lose a lot of hair and dog shedding is definitely going to be part of life for their owners.
However, it's not only these longer-coated breeds that are prone to heavy-duty dog shedding! I own Rottweilers, whose coats are much smoother and shorter than the breeds I just mentioned. Sadly, this doesn't seem to reduce their ability to shed, and this seems to apply to Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and other similar breeds too.
Dog breeds who have long, silky outer-coats and little, or no, undercoat (such as Yorkies, Lhasa Apsos and Afghan Hounds for example) tend to shed less than many other breeds, so do dog breeds with curly coats such as Poodles or Bichon Frise. These could be considered to be low shedding dog breeds.
Wire-haired dogs such as many of the terrier breeds need not only at-home grooming sessions, but regular clipping or stripping to keep their coat mat-free and 'in order'. The up-side of this is that a regularly clipped/stripped coat will shed less too.
So, to sum it up... pretty much all dogs shed (except hairless ones) but that's not any real consolation for dog owners who spend what seems like half their waking hours removing dog hair from their clothes, furniture, carpets... even coffee cups - and I'm one of them!
Although there's no 'magic bullet' that will stop your dog from blowing coat, or gradually depositing his hair all over the furniture, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the amount of loose hair he has to share.
Removing it from his coat manually, before it floats off by itself, can really help.....
When it comes to controlling or reducing the amount of hair your pet is losing, regular and proper grooming is the key.
If you don't brush/comb your dog regularly, that hair is going to fall (or fly!) off your dog and land all over the place..... all the time.
BUT if you groom your dog regularly then YOU will be in control of that hair loss, and you can remove an amazing amount of hair in a fairly short time with the right dog grooming tools/equipment.
In addition to brushing/combing your dog, a bath now and then helps to remove loose hair and dander.
Bathing once or twice a month should be enough, although if you or someone else in your family has an allergy to dog hair, bathing weekly may be better as long as it doesn't irritate the dogs' skin.
Always remember to use a very mild shampoo such as a puppy formula, Oatmeal Shampoo or hypoallergenic formula (no medicated or highly-scented ones please!).
If you or someone in your family has allergies, this 8in1 Perfect Coat Dander Control Shampoo can really help reduce the dog dander that's the number one trigger for sneezing, itching and other common dog allergy symptoms.
Here's a quick look at the best tools to use when you're trying to keep dog shedding to a minimum in different breeds:
There are a few other things you can do to reduce the amount of hair your dog loses.
Diet can play a role in hair loss and of course it's the foundation for good health, so feeding a premium dog food that has all the nutrients your pet needs is very important.
There are also 'anti-shedding' supplements and natural products that may help. Generally they contain different oils which are known to improve the condition of a dogs' coat and skin.
The all natural Canine Royal Coat EFA Express is a great choice, and is packed full of essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega 6), plus Vitamins A, D and E which may not be present in sufficient levels in your dogs food.
Given daily this can improve the health and condition of your dogs skin and give him a shiny, healthy coat and healthy coats often shed less!
If your puppy or dog is losing more hair in some areas than others and has bald spots or a patchy coat, or there is irritation alongside the hair loss, then you need to have your vet take a look at him.
Another all natural product which can help with this, is Canine Neem Soap. Use this soap when you bathe your dog and benefit from its' antibacterial and antifungal properties, it also repels insects while smelling wonderfully fresh and clean. Simple but effective :o)
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