What is Shedding?
Shedding is a natural process of every dog’s body to get rid of old or damaged hair. It’s normal for most dogs to shed but when it happens frequently or out of the ordinary, there’s a cause for concern. Certain dog breeds undergo heavy shedding twice a year while others shed all year long. So it’s best to know what dog breed you have in order to know whether it undergoes normal or heavy shedding.
Akitas, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Chow Chow, and Great Pyrenees are among other dog breeds that shed heavily.
Causes of Excessive Shedding
Abnormal Shedding could be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Non-nutritional diet
- Flea bites which cause itching
- Allergies that your dog may have
Most dog owners have had positive results with the tips that have been shared below. And most of these are recommended by vets to reduce excessive shedding.
1. Bath Your Dog When Needed
Bathing your dog can reduce shedding. But do not bath your furry friend frequently because if you do, you would rather be the cause of his excessive shedding. Bathing him in a booster bath makes the whole process effortless.
2. Brush with Appropriate tools
Brushing your dog could help get rid of dead and damaged hair. The best tools like a de-shedding brush that makes it easy to get the job done like a professional groomer should be used. Choose a brush depending on the type of hair your furry friend has.
A widely spaced brush with longer bristles should be used on dogs that have medium to long hair. And for dogs with short hair, a more compact de-shedding brush is recommended. Different sizes of comb depending on dog hair type also gets the job done effectively.
Using a pet grooming glove also removes dead hair.
3. Healthy Diet
Unknown to many dog owners, the type of food and the nutrients it contains greatly minimize dog shedding. Your dog needs to grow tough hair that can withstand breakage/damage. And this can be achieved by feeding your dog with food high in nutrients like vitamins.
Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables also help protect your dog against anything that causes shedding unnaturally.
Food that is rich in nutrients including healthy fats like Omega 3 fatty acids is effective in reducing excessive shedding. Omega 3 fatty acids promote a healthy dog coat which gives stronger hair follicles to prevent dog fur from falling off easily. Dogs are unable to produce Omega 3 fatty acids themselves so there’s the need to supplement through their diet.
Sometimes allergic reactions could also cause your dog’s fur to fall off. As a concerned dog owner, it’s good to observe what your dog reacts to and remedy the situation to reduce or prevent abnormal dog shedding.
4. Treat Flea bites
Flea bites cause your pooch to forcefully shed. If you fail to control it, dogs that naturally shed moderately would start shedding heavily which is not normal.
Wash the affected area with oatmeal shampoo that contains natural ingredients like vitamin E and fruit extracts which promotes good dog skin. Apply aloe vera cream to soothe and treat the affected part.
5. Give Your Dog More Water
Keeping your pooch hydrated contributes enormously to a reduction in shedding. Increased water intake keeps the body fresh and helps the necessary food nutrients to be absorbed easily. If your dog is shedding crazily then you would have to consider monitoring and making sure he finishes the water in his water bowl. Constantly refill the water in his water bowl.
The recommended amount of water that each dog needs to drink depends on the size of the dog and the weather condition or the season of the year. Let your dog drink more water on hot sunny days.
Before you choose which dog breed to bring into your home, it’s best to consider home grooming. This is because you need to know if you can cope with shedding based on whether your dog sheds all year long or seasonally (in spring and fall). The tips outlined above have been approved by vets and professional groomers to reduce excessive shedding.