Hair shedding is normal and common to all breeds of dog – except the hairless ones of course – regardless of their age or size. It is their natural way of getting rid of old, weak hairs as new ones emerge.
However, certain breeds can shed a little less or a lot more than other breeds.
Excessive shedding can be caused by a number of diseases like immunity-related diseases, infections, allergies, flea infestation, etc.
But if the root cause of your dog’s excessive shedding is not of the aforementioned above, then they might need a little help from you.
Dog hair scattered around the house can be a pet peeve even among us dog owners, and could also trigger allergies.
Below are some of the tips you can follow to help minimize shedding in your dog.
1. Diet Modification
The dog food market is saturated with a lot of cheap and low-quality brands that contains mostly of fillers. These fillers like grains and corn can be hard to digest and have a very low to no nutritional value at all.
Proper nutrition is very essential in dogs to properly function and gives the body the much-needed enzyme to help synthesize products that make dogs healthier.
Choosing the right diet and right dog food for your dog is really crucial. It can also cost a little lot more, but give better results in the long run.
2. Food Supplement
Food supplements can also be given to dogs to help minimize their shedding. Essential Fatty acids like Omega-3 does not only help improve your dog’s heart function but also improve the quality of their hair.
Omega-3 can also help with dandruff, joint pain, and other vital bodily functions.
Dehydration can cause severe dryness of the skin in dogs. As a result, their hair also falls off more easily.
Thus, proper hydration can greatly help in this situation. Make sure that there is always an available clean water in your dog’s water bowls.
Brushing your dog’s hair regularly can reduce the amount of hair scattered everywhere around the house. Their old hair is bound to come off anyway so doing it on your own lessens the hassle of it and the need to clean all the time.
Use a slicker brush or undercoat rake for dogs with longer hairs. A massaging glove can be used for those with shorter hairs.
Choose a brush or glove with rubber bristles to minimize irritation on their skin, unless when they are allergic to latex or any rubber material.
Giving your dog their much-needed bath every month or as frequently as possible is one of the keys to help minimize their shedding. Bathing them regularly will ensure that their hair is removed in the tub and not scattered around the house.
Over-bathing should be avoided as it can dry out the skin and remove most of the protective layers of your dog’s hair, making the shedding problem worse.
Shedding is just a normal occurrence in dogs. However, when they shed too much to the point of developing bald spots, that’s when you need to seek out your vet to detect any health issues as early as possible.