Pet parents are often faced with a conundrum when someone in their household develops an allergy to their beloved furry family member. Although avoidance therapy is the most effective choice to control allergy symptoms, these tips from Andrew at Train Your German Shepherd may help reduce your dog’s shedding.
If you have a dog, you know how frustrating dog shedding can be. It can cost you hours to clean all of the loose furs scattered around your house.
Shedding is a natural process where your dog sheds old or damaged hair to be replaced by the new ones. While we cannot stop a dog from shedding, there are a few things we can do to help reduce the amount of shedding.
In this article, you will learn 5 proven tips to control dog shedding that you can apply immediately.
- Brush Your Dog Regularly
There are so many benefits that your dog can get from regular brushing. The more often you brush your dog, the more hair you will remove to avoid excess shedding. Regular brushing also helps to increase your dog's skin health condition by helping massage the skin to produce and spread natural oils.
In general, during the shedding seasons, you should brush your dog at least twice a week. If you have double-coated dogs such as Pomeranians, Siberian Huskies, Corgis, you should use a specific dog brush or comb that is made to remove shedding hair.
- Bathe Your Dog Often
Frequent baths are a great way to get rid of excess hair. If your dog is a heavy shedder, you should bathe your dog twice a month. It is important to remove as much hair as you can before you bathe your dog; therefore, we recommend brushing before the bath.
Don’t forget to towel dry your dog after bathing, followed by a blow dryer with warm-air. After you have finished drying your dog, brush your dog thoroughly once again. Be sure to brush from the skin outward to remove the most hair.
- Feed the Right Supplement
Supplementing your dog with Omega 3 fatty acids is helpful to reduce shedding. Not only is this helpful to reduce shedding, it can also contribute to healthy skin, as well as providing other health benefits. You can ask your veterinarian for the recommended Omega 3 products that you can give to your dog.
- Feed an Appropriate Dog Food
Feeding your dog with a high-quality dog food can help to reduce shedding. Make sure to feed your dog with premium brands, since premium brands use better quality ingredients, which equal better nutrition. Also, be sure to only get dog foods that list an animal protein such as chicken, turkey, and beef as the first ingredient.
- Consult Your Vet
Excessive shedding can be normal for some dogs, but it can also be the result of stress, poor nutrition or medical problems such as parasites (fleas and mites). If you notice any of the following conditions for more than a week, please consult your vet:
- skin irritation
- open sores
- bald spot
- constant foot licking
- constant face rubbing
- bald spots or thinning of coat
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