What we all know is dogs shed. But depending on the breed and health of the dog, the amount of shedding may vary.
Most dogs during the winter will develop a thick winter coat and start shedding it as of Spring. Some dogs may shed throughout the year.
So how do you stay ahead of this dreadful cycle?
You might be thinking of shaving the coat, but shaving a dog during the hotter months isn’t always the answer.
And this could could cause problems for the skin or hair of a dog with a “double coat.”
Some dogs like golden retrievers, or shelties have both an undercoat and guard hairs. An undercoat of thick hairs to protect the skin from both hot and cold temperatures, and a top coat of guard hairs to repel moisture and debris.
Shaving could cause both to grow back tangled and matted, or with a sticky feeling preventing the air from circulating underneath to keep your pet cool. Having the hair matted up can create hot spots, or draw stickers from the grass or brush into the hair.
So no matter how you look at it, or try to get around it, brushing your dog is usually the best answer. Knowing the right tool to use when brushing your dog is so important, along with how often.
Routine baths, and flea prevention to prevent scratching, among other things can all help slow down the process….
Get your veterinarian involved. Ask about dietary supplements like omega 3 capsules or powders.
Or try more natural foods… Ask your vet about adding fish to their diet or olive oil to increase omega-3 fatty acids and help moisturize their skin and coat.
It’s always important to get your veterinarian involved when adding something new to your pets diet. Especially when its due to changes in your pets appearance or activity. Some changes like excessive shedding could be a sign of health problems.
Once you’ve done your research, put together a routine for both you and your pet. Having this become a part of your daily, weekly, or monthly routine should make it easier.
And having a well groomed pet not only keeps your pet healthy and happy, but helps maintain a clean home.