If you own any dog other that isn’t a hypoallergenic breed, you probably are dealing with shedding. You may be getting frustrated with your house, car, and clothes being covered with hair, and spending a lot your time cleaning it up. In this article you will learn why dogs shed and what simple steps you can take to deal with it.
Shedding is completely natural, and dogs do it for a couple of reasons. The first is that hair goes through growth cycles. All over the body, hair is growing at different times. When a hair reaches its maximum length it falls out. This is why if you have a dog that sheds, you don’t have to take it to the groomer. Dog breeds like poodles have to get their hair cut because their hair grows for a very long time. Shedding also helps the dog regulate it’s body temperature, kind of like if you were to take off your jacket.
Although you will not be able to stop your dog shedding you can take several steps toward minimizing its effect. The key is being proactive.
First thing is to understand your dogs breed, and if they are a mutt, be observant of their shedding cycles. In the summer double coated dogs like the husky will blow their under coat. If you don’t want your house to be covered in hair you need to know when this will happen.
The next thing is getting the proper brush. There are many brushes on the market designed for different types of coats, but if you are dealing with a lot of shedding, a deshedding brush is ideal for you. The way these tools work is that they reach past the bristly guard hairs and down to the undercoat. Removing the dead hair.
Brushing should be a regular activity if your dog is a heavy shedder. This will minimize the hair falling out and give you control over when they shed.
If this is not enough you can try a deshedding shampoo. Deshedding shampoos help by releasing the hair during the bath and then moisturizing the skin and follicles. The moisturizer helps the hair stay healthy and slows down the rate at which it will fall out.
Shedding is natural and the best way to deal with it is to be proactive. The amount of time to brush your dog is going to be far less than vacuuming, and lint rolling.
If your dog is shedding so much that they have bald patches, be sure to consult a vet, as this may be the indication of a skin infection, allergy, or dietary problem.