Top 10 Dog Shedding Solutions
Nearly every dog sheds. While we cannot stop shedding entirely, these dog shedding solutions can help reduce the amount of loose hair so it doesn't create a problem in your home.
While indoor dogs can shed year round, most shedding occurs in the spring when they drop their winter coats. Dogs will also shed broken or damaged hair. If their skin is irritated from conditions such as allergies, they will also shed excessively.
Here are 10 ways to keep your dog's skin and hair healthy to reduce shedding as well as effectively removing the hair.
- Brush, brush, brush. Depending on how much your dog is shedding, plan on brushing him as often as once a day or as little as once a week. Brushing will make your dog's coat softer, cleaner, and less likely to shed. Get a brush that is tailor made for your dog's coat. Most pets need more than one type of brush to remove all of the dead hair.
- Brush in the opposite direction. After brushing your dog from heat to tail, reverse direction. This will help loosen any hair you may have missed the first time. Finish off by brushing in the normal direction.
- Switch to a comb. After a thorough brushing, use a comb to pick up loads of additional hair.
- Try a grooming glove. Grooming gloves, like the Shedding Gloves Love Glove, are coated with tiny plastic or rubber teeth, which are perfect for removing loose hair from a fidgety dog. Your pooch will happily sit still thinking you are just stroking him with your hand.
- Try a shedding blade. This consists of a strip of metal with a serrated edge that's attached to a handle. Shedding blades, like the Shedding Blade by Bamboo, remove dog's shedding hair better than brushes or combs. It's a good idea to do this outside because it will catch tons of loose hair.
- Give him a short haircut. This is the most effective dog shedding solution. Your dog will still shed the short hairs, but it will be less noticeable than long hair.
- Bathe your dog occasionally during the summer. A clean dog will have a healthier coat. A gentle oatmeal shampoo, like the Oatmeal Shampoo 17 oz, once a week or so will clean without drying the skin.
- Turn down the heat. Find a level with the thermostat that is comfortable for both you and your dog. If your dog sleeps near the heater, move his bed further away.
- Feed a fatty acid supplement. Giving Vitacoat Plus to your dog keeps his coat healthy and prevents broken or damaged hair which can lead to increased shedding.
- Control allergies and fleas. If your pet is scratching because of allergies, supplement with Vitacaps and Biotin to control inhalant allergies that irritate the skin. You should also see your veterinarian to make sure your pet is getting proper allergy relief. To prevent itching and scratching from fleas, use Bio Spot or Advantage to prevent and control infestations.
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