Dog shedding can be one of the most frustrating parts of pet ownership according to a recent survey on PetPlace.com. Over 72% of our survey responders said that pet hair or fur was a substantial problem in their homes and lives. Hair everywhere. If you've ever had a dog, you know what we are talking about. You also know that all dogs shed. Even breeds that “don't shed,” shed. They just don't shed as much.
Routine dog shedding, while a sign of good health in a dog, can be a pain for you. Dog shedding results in hair on your clothes, drapes, floor and furniture. It's everywhere. So what can you do to reduce dog shedding—or at least control it? Some Features to Consider in Dog Shedding
Dog shedding is a naturally occurring process. The rate of dog shedding depends on the growth rate of hair, which is based on genetics, nutrition and environment. Dog shedding results from old hair falling out as it is replaced by new hair. Among dogs that ‘don't shed' the process simply occurs more slowly, and may not be as noticeable. While some dietary supplements claim to “stop” dog shedding, even the healthiest, best-fed dogs are still going to shed.
Among the factors influencing dog shedding are temperature fluctuations and the amount of time your dog spends in the sun. Dog shedding among outdoor dogs occurs more rapidly with the onset of warm weather. Dog shedding among indoor dogs remains fairly constant all year long. Dog shedding may vary as a dog ages, or becomes ill.
There are various products that can help control the amount of hair that dog shedding leaves in your home. Sticky rollers, carpet rakes, hair-removing ‘mitts' and frequent vacuuming will all reduce the evidence of dog shedding in your environment. Dog Shedding...Give Your Dog the Brush Off
One of the best things you can do to control dog shedding, is to brush your dog regularly. Brushing your dog mimics the naturally occurring conditions dogs once faced in the wild, where trees and bushes would catch loose hair and remove it from their coat. In addition, brushing stimulates the blood supply to the skin, and helps prevent parasitic infestations, such as fleas, mites and ticks. Regular brushing also helps prevent mats from forming in your dog's fur, and will reduce the amount of hair you find on your clothes and furniture.
Brushing, adequate bathing, and a healthy diet and exercise, not only help control dog shedding, but also contribute to a shiny, healthy coat. If your dog's coat is dull and dry, you need to speak with your veterinarian. Ideal Dog Shedding Products
The ideal dog shedding occurs naturally and is a sign of a healthy animal. Brushing can help remove loose hair and prevent mats and parasites. Brush short-coated dogs two to three times a week. Using a brush with medium soft bristles, brush gently in the direction of hair growth.
To control dog shedding in medium-coated dogs, like retrievers, use a slightly firmer bristle brush, and be sure to brush the feathering on the legs and chest. Dog shedding among long-coated dogs, such as collies and Afghans, calls for daily grooming with a soft bristle brush and a wide-toothed comb. Brush the hair a handful at a time. Combing afterward helps smooth the coat. A professional groomer, or your veterinarian should deal with severe matting. To control dog shedding in dogs with double coats, like Alaskan malamutes, use a stiff, long bristle brush to reach the thick undercoat. Brush at least two to three times a week.
To control the hair that dog shedding leaves behind, use your vacuum, a sticky roller or mitt, to remove hair from furniture, or a carpet rake to remove hair from rugs.