Do you wear your dog’s hair to work everyday?
Have you spent hours vacuuming every inch of the house?
Dog hair is bane of every canine owner’s existence. Whether you have one dog or multiple, we can all relate to the frustration of having dog hair everywhere. Having two dogs myself, I understand how aggravating shedding can be.
Unfortunately, while we cannot stop our dogs from shedding completely, there are some easy tricks we can use to cut back on the amount of fur loss.
Shedding is a completely normal occurrence for virtually all dogs.
Shedding stinks – whether you’re sick of encountering fur all over the house, or are allergic to dog dander, reducing shedding is a big priority for many a dog owner.
There is no such thing as a dog that does not shed so let’s learn how to manage it!
There are several tricks to making your dog shed less and reducing the amount of fur in your environment:
Grooming Goes A Long Way. The easiest way to reduce the amount of fur loss is to make sure that you groom your dog regularly. Frequent brushing allows you to loosen and remove the unhealthy hair and disperse natural oils.
This results in a shiny, healthy coat that you and your canine can both be proud of!
Don’t Pass Up Bath Time. Bathing is also useful for stopping excessive dog shedding. The lathering motions will free the loose hair, which is then washed away as you rinse.
For optimum results, brush your dog on a weekly basis. Bathing, on the other hand, should only be performed every 1 to 3 months.
In this video, a vet suggests some techniques for how to reduce your dog’s shedding. We cover the same topics here, but it’s still nice to hear it straight from a vet!
Choosing the right grooming equipment can be a very difficult process. There are many different dog grooming brushes available, and each has its own specific purpose.
Ideally, it’s best to consult with a groomer before buying any grooming tools, as each breed and coat type has specific needs.
Here are a few tried and true grooming tools that help reduce shedding:
Nutrition is one of the biggest culprits for causing excessive shedding.
I always ask for information about a dog’s diet when owners believe their dog is shedding too much. A poor quality or unbalanced diet will negatively affect the appearance of the coat and exhibit these signs:
These problems can be easily rectified by switching your dog’s diet to a higher quality, healthy dog food.
This switch should always be performed as a slow transition to prevent digestive upset. Over the course of a week, you will slowly increase the ratio of old food to new food.
Dehydration will also cause a dog’s hair to become dry and brittle, which leads to breakage and excessive shedding. Make sure your dog always has access to unlimited amounts of clean water and is drinking enough.
If you suspect your dog isn’t taking in as many liquids as they should, you may want to consider an automatic dog watering bowl, which can provide your pup with a continuous stream of fresh, clean water that can be more appetizing that old standing water.
There are tons of supplements on the market that claim to help improve coat quality. Among the best are:
It is important to remember that these supplements do not work immediately. It can take 3 to 4 months to see visible results. Remember to discuss the correct dosage with your veterinarian because it is possible to cause problems by giving too much.
When we share our homes with animals, we inevitably share it with their fur too. I’m sure there isn’t a single spot in my home that is free from pet fur.
Luckily over the years I have discovered some ways to cut down the amount of time I spend cleaning it up.
Groomers are a wonderful resource if you are not able to groom your dog yourself.
They are specially trained to maintain the coats of almost any breed and can offer different services that will help reduce your dog’s shedding.
Some de-shedding techniques that groomers might use include:
A force dryer is a powerful, industrial grade dryer used by professional groomers to dry dogs more quickly than with a traditional blow dryer. This works exceptionally well for double coated or long-haired dogs.
If you’re interested in trying this technique yourself, check out our list of the best dog hair dryers!
By removing their hair completely, they have a harder time maintaining their body temperature. Sometimes it’s used as a last resort for matt-covered canines, but it’s best to avoid complete shave downs if at all possible.
Shedding is a normal process in dogs, but excessive shedding is not. Abundant shedding (more than usual) is typically a clue to an underlying medical problem that is causing damage to the skin.
We already talked about poor nutrition, but there are several other causes for this condition.
Fleas are easily preventable with the use of topical or oral medications. There are even natural flea treatments that can be used to keep the little buggers at bay.
This is just a short list of conditions that can cause excessive shedding in dogs. Remember, if your dog begins to show signs of thinning hair, you should have them seen by a veterinarian.
One of the wonders of being a pet owner is learning to coexist with them and their fur. Luckily, frequent and proper grooming, dietary changes, and nutritional supplementation are all effective ways to reduce shedding. We may not be able to completely eliminate hair loss but we can make it manageable!
Every pet owner has their own method of wrangling the fur. What are your tried and true techniques to save your home from the hair?
Paula is a second year veterinary student who has worked in the field for several years. She is passionate about sharing her pet knowledge. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her best friend Liberty!