Even small dog breeds are notorious for shedding: a Bichon Frisé or Pekingese can quickly litter your floor with tiny furballs. What can you do to prevent this? Read our guide!
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Big Fat Shedding
According to Doggolab, shedding is an unavoidable evil. It’s a natural process, which lets your dog renew his coating. Old, damaged and ‘defunct’ hair gets dropped like a dead weight.
Frequency and amount of dropped fur depends on:
- Time of the year.
- Your doggo’s breed.
- Overall health condition.
- Physical activity of your pet
Over time, shedded fur can turn into a real disaster. It may clog the sink, get inside your computer, stick to the clothes, and even provoke mild to severe allergies.
So, what can you do to minimize the hairy menace? Which remedies can help your dog shed the fluff less intensely, so you won’t have to apply a lint roller every time you want to put on your favorite blouse, jacket or jeans?
You can’t forbid your dog from shedding. That’s a natural process they need to keep their coating and epidermis neat and healthy.
Besides, fur serves as an extra barrier that protects doggos from freezing cold, excess ultraviolet, and so on. And it’s recommended that you don’t shave a ‘double-coated’ dog in the summer — it may cause sun-burns.
So, to make shedding less annoying, you can try the following:
Your bruh needs brushing, as simple as that. It must be regular, at least 20-minutes long and ideally done with the help of a dematting brush. This method brings several advantages.
First, you will brush out the fur that the dog’s body will soon reject. Second, it’ll help you to get rid of the fluff clogs, aka mats, that cause a lot of trouble to your dog.
And finally, you can store the gathered fur to make the dog wool socks later. Don’t be surprised, it is a thing. And such socks are famous for their warmth and therapeutic value, especially in the northern countries.
Another effective remedy. Bathing not only beneficially affects your dog’s health but also helps get rid of the hair your buddy doesn’t need anymore.
Regular, scheduled bathing greatly reduces shedding and also removes that notorious dog odor that your pet will inevitably emanate at some point.
Besides, it is advised you brush the puppy after the procedure. It will remove the remnants of the dead hair and also prevent fur matting. But remember: brushing must take place after bath time, not before.
3. Hang him out to dry
Drying the fluffy troublemaker is the next step. You can apply either a special pet drier or a regular hair dryer for humans. Just don’t forget to set it at the lowest rate not to scorch the doggo. And after it is over, keep your pet wrapped in a towel like a huge burrito for 20-25 minutes.
Sometimes, dogs lose more hair than they are supposed to. It’s not the fault of the seasonal shedding only. Your pet might need additional vitamins. Namely, fatty acids and Omega-3 as a canine body doesn’t produce it on its own.
Supplements can help partly solve the issue. However, you might want to seek advice from a vet before including them in your friend’s menu as excessive shedding may be caused by other, less benign factors.
5. Proper nutrition
This method correlates with the previous one. The diet must be consistent, healthy and individually selected for your pet’s breed.
For example, border collies need a lot of protein as they are extremely active and adventurous. Meanwhile, a Pekingese doesn’t need a lot of fat food like pork as their cardiovascular system may not handle it well.
The problem is that if your pet doesn’t receive enough of the nutrients its breed demands, it will cause certain issues. And hair shedding could be one of those.
Like when dogs lack protein, the major portion of it will be absorbed by its muscles, and the fluff will starve. That may trigger shedding.
What else could be the reason?
Sadly, sometimes dogs begin losing hair due to a medical disorder. If you’ve noticed that your pooch has been shedding hair like crazy and it’s not even late autumn/spring yet, then it could be provoked by:
- Parasites. Lice, fleas and mites are known as a common trigger of abnormal and untimely shedding.
- Allergy. Typically, dogs have an allergic reaction to food or meds. And each case is individual. Some dogs can’t stomach eggs, while others barely tolerate wheat, soy or beef. Examine the dog’s daily menu, try to remove the possible allergen and see if the situation gets better.
- Immune disease. Just like us, doggos need medical check-ups, vitamins and exercise to keep their immune system in order. And just like us, they can suffer from an auto-immune disease like immune-mediated hemolytic anemia that causes hair loss.
- Sunburns. These are also among the common factors, so again: don’t remove the dog’s undercoating. And don’t keep him locked in a car when it’s baking hot.
- Aggressive licking. This can be provoked by various reasons: epidermis irritation, low-quality mats, parasites, allergy, itch, etc.
If you spot any of these symptoms, taking the ol’ barker to the vet is crucial. You never know what it could be: a simple irritation or a beginning of a serious illness like dog cancer. (Which can also trigger shedding).
Shed No More
Use our suggested remedies, and soon the dog hair disaster will disappear. As long as you apply these tips on a regular basis, your house will be free from the omnipresent fluff, and your dog will be happier from all the care and love he or she gets.
How did you solve the shedding problem? How many dogs do you have to brush? Would you like to try out the dog fur socks? Let us know in the comments!