5 Dos (& 1 Don’t) For Managing Your Dog’s Shedding
The temperatures are starting to drop, sweaters are out of storage, and your dog’s hair is everywhere—it’s fall! In general, most dogs shed extra during spring and fall, preparing their coats for summer and winter. From furball tumbleweeds rolling on your floor to avoiding your favorite black outfits, it can get a little … hairy!
There’s no way to stop shedding for good—it’s a natural process that is necessary for dogs. However, there are a few ways to make shedding more manageable for you AND your pup.
Have a Consistent Grooming Routine
Bathing your dog regularly will help rinse off any dead or damaged hair which is typically the first to come off during shedding. Once a month should be sufficient for most dogs, but the occasional trip to a professional groomer between baths will make a big difference!
Maintain a Healthy Diet for your Dog
A good diet is not just a way to stay fit but may help your dog from any excessive shedding that might be exacerbating the problem. A dog’s skin and coat are a pretty direct reflection of the nutrients they are receiving, or not receiving. While keeping your dog well-fed, vets recommend adding omega-3s to their diet for a strong and healthy coat.
Avoid Stressful Situations
Though we may see their lives as full of leisure, dogs, just like humans are prone to stress and its physical manifestations. If there’s a big change in its environment or things are a little tense at home, your dog will notice and excessive shedding is usually one way a dog might deal with that stress.
Keep Your Pup Hydrated
The general rule is that your dog should be drinking an ounce of water per pound of bodyweight every day. If you notice more hair on your floor than usual, keep an eye on your dog’s water bowl and keep it filled as necessary. Dehydrated skin can mean more hair loss, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Brushing regularly will help remove dead hair before it can take over your house. It will also prevent skin-harming mats on your dogs and will distribute natural oils produced by the skin throughout the coat. Brushing can also be a relaxing time for both you and your dog to spend together and bond.
Shave Your Dog
Some dog owners think that shaving will stop all shedding, but as we’ve already mentioned unless your dog is completely hairless, that’s not happening. Shaving your dog can mess with your dog’s natural self-cooling and self-warming mechanism, so it’s best to take care of their coat properly, rather than getting rid of it completely.
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