Dog hair is your glitter. Embrace it! All breeds shed to varying extents, even the hypoallergenic ones (although it’s less). With the apparent change in weather, all our dogs are likely to begin or have already begun shedding.
Unlike human hair, the denseness of our dog’s coats can be explained by the fact that they have more than one hair coming out of the follicle. Shedding normally happens when new hair growth occurs, pushing out the old hair from the follicle to make room for the new hair.
Based on your dog’s breed, seasonal or non-seasonal shedding is considered normal. If you feel that the shedding is out of control please do not shave down your dog. When their skin is exposed to the sun, it could result in sunburn, heat stroke or even skin cancer.
You could follow the following tips to help you and your pooch through their bouts of shedding:
Understanding your dog’s coat
The moment you identify your dog’s coat type, you will be able to brace yourself for the sort of shedding that is likely to occur on the basis of their coats. Dogs that have an under coat will tend to shed more than dogs that have a single layer coat. The under coat is a layer of thick soft hair that serves the purpose of insulation especially for dogs that are meant for colder climates. The outer coat is usually stiffer and longer than the undercoat and helps protect the undercoat and/or skin from temperature extremes and water. Double coated dogs are also known to shed more than others, and typically “blow” their coat typically when seasons change. Other shorter haired breeds like the Dalmatian or Boxer, pretty much shed consistently all year round.
Using the rights tools
Even before your pooch begins shedding all over your house, using the correct tools on a regular basis, can help remove dead hair before it is shed from your dog. Long-haired dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Shih-Tzus and Cocker Spaniels should be brushed regularly with a Slicker Brush. On the other hand, for short-haired dogs such as Beagles, Dalmatians and Indies a rubber-curry brush or grooming glove must be used for their daily brushing. Dogs with double coats like Labrador Retrievers and Huskies can benefit with Deshedding Tools, which are brushes with stainless steel lines. These are perfect for pulling up and removing your dog’s extra undercoat fur.
Giving your dog a bath helps remove dead hair easily. Using a Deshedding Shampoo could further help and may result in less hair in the house.
Looking at Nutritional Imbalances
Along with ensuring that your dog is well hydrated, we recommend that you include a non-vegetarian source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your pet’s diet. You must also include other Fatty Acids like Cold Pressed Coconut Oil and Hempseed Oil. This will help improve the quality of your pet’s skin and fur and will reduce shedding, Further, by including fresh food and a species-appropriate balanced diet, you will ensure bioavailability of nutrients.
Your dog’s coat has three main functions: to help regulate body temperature, to protect the skin and to help with sensory perception. It is necessary that their skin and coats are well looked after all, throughout the year. We urge you to remain patient when they shed and help them out with the tips listed by us above.