Animal Friends Blog
If you have a dog, you probably know the feeling of leaving your house with hair all over your work trousers or having to hoover every day or else your carpet might start barking.
Shedding is completely normal and is your dog’s way of getting rid of any dead or damaged hairs. With fur everywhere, you might be wondering if there’s any way of stopping your dog from shedding. Well, we’ve got some bad and good news.
The bad news is that there’s no real way of stopping a healthy dog from shedding. The good news is that you can reduce the amount of hair in your home. Yay!
5 Top Tips to control your dog’s shedding
1. Brush, brush, brush and keep on brushing
Regular brushing will help control the amount of hair you’ll find around your home. Grooming will help your dog’s skin and coat stay shiny and healthy while you don’t have to get the hoover out as often.
Brushing your dog will benefit you and your dog while helping strengthen your bond.
2. What brush would I need for my dog?
You’ll find a lot of brushes on the shelves of your local pet shop and it can be quite hard to know which brush you need for your dog’s fur. There are bristle brushed, wire-pin brushes and slicker brushes and these will depend on the type of coat your dog has.
Short and smooth coats might prefer a soft or medium bristle brush, short and wiry coats would benefit from a firm bristle brush. Then as the hairs get longer, the brushes get bigger and the spaces between bristles get wider.
For dogs like collies or Pomeranians, a wire-pin brush would work better for their coats. Then, for the thin and delicate coats in the dog world, a wire-pin brush would work for their outer coat while a soft brush for any tangles.
3. Regular flea treatments
Make sure to keep on top of your dog’s flea treatment to make sure the pests stay away. If not, a flea-ridden dog will itch. This would not help the shedding situation and your dog will be unhappy.
4. A dog’s diet and shedding
Just like our diets affect our skin and hair the same can be said for our dogs. A nutritious diet will help reduce your dog’s shedding but won’t be able to eliminate shedding completely.
Never provide your dog with additional vitamin supplements without speaking to your vet as this could cause some serious health issues for your dog.
5. Olive oil can help too
Adding a teaspoon or two of olive oil to your dog’s food can help with inflamed skin, dandruff and the texture of your pet’s coat. This is because they contain some yummy omega-3 fatty acids which also have health benefits for us humans so keep a bottle handy for cooking, too.
By regularly grooming your dog, making sure they have a nutritious diet and keeping on top of their flea treatment you should start to see a significant decrease in the amount of pet hair in your home.
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