Are you tired of vacuuming every day so you're not living in a sea of dog hair?
While having dog hair everywhere isn't necessarily a problem (unless you're allergic), it can be incredibly annoying to deal with.
Here's the thing, it's possible to stop this problem at the source, sweet Fido. Taking a few extra steps in your dog's health and hygiene routine can make all the difference to reduce dog shedding.
What Causes Shedding?
Dogs shed naturally, and a certain amount of shedding is normal and expected when you have a dog. The amount a dog sheds is heavily dependent on the breed of dog.
If you notice that your favorite furry friend is shedding more than normal, there may be something else going on. Excessive shedding can be caused by parasites, poor diet, allergies, licking, infections, and more.
Excessive shedding can be indicative of a health problem, so make sure to contact your vet.
5 Simple Steps to Reduce Dog Shedding
Is your dog shedding a lot? Follow these tips to give your pet the best and healthiest coat possible!
Let's take a look at how to control dog shedding in five easy steps.
1. Brush Regularly
The most important step in reducing dog shedding is to brush your dog regularly.
What regular means to you depends on the type of dog you have. Dog's with shorter and finer coats may need to be brushed every other week while thicker coats may need to be brushed every single day!
2. Get the Right Brush
Believe it or not, there are multiple types of dog brushes on the market. A great way to reduce shedding is by using the best brush possible for your dog's coat type.
Combs are great for removing hair in short-haired dogs. Wire-pin brushes are great for wool-like dog goats. Slicker brushes are perfect for detangling mats of hair.
Bristle brushes are great for all coat types, but you will find that certain styles of these brushes work better with longer hair. If your dog has coarse hair, you may need stiffer bristles to get an effective brush.
3. Change Diet
Certain nutrients can benefit your dog's coat, and in turn, your floors. Make sure your dog has a complete and balanced diet. If you're not sure what that looks like, you can ask your vet for advice.
If your dog's food needs an extra boost, a supplement may be a good idea. Your vet may recommend an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to start.
4. Frequent Baths
Baths make your dog smell and look nice and clean, but also has many benefits for their coat! Baths remove dead hair and dirt.
Special doggy shampoos exist for those who want a stronger, healthier coat.
Don't have time to soap up? Find a groomer to help keep you on track.
5. More Water
It may sound too simple, but just giving your dog more water can actually help reduce dog shedding.
Encourage frequent trips to the water bowl, just don't forget that they may need to go out a couple more times a day because of the increased water consumption!
A Trimmed Pet Is Best
At Trimmed Pets, we know what it takes to keep your pet in the best shape possible. Schedule an appointment to start your dog grooming journey today.
It can seem like a challenge to reduce dog shedding, but for the sake of a healthy dog and a clean house, it is worth a try.
We also offer a professional shed-less treatment to keep hair and your home under control.
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is an all women led and operated Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon.