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Shedding Season: Tips on how to control your dog’s shedding

If you have big dogs who shed (like me), you probably have tumbleweeds of fur rolling across the plain of your kitchen floor now which can only mean one thing – yes, spring is here and it is shedding season. We upped from one yellow lab to two this fall which means two times the fur. Here are some tips on how to get a handle on your dog’s shedding.

  1. Brush your pet! Regular, even daily, brushing is best. Brushing will also make your dog’s coat softer, cleaner, and less likely to shed. Many dog owners swear by the FURminator – a “deshedding tool” available at PetSmart and other major pet stores.  Whatever brush you use, make sure to choose the one that is appropriate for your dog’s fur length.
  2. Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet’s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a best quality food with good digestible protein sources.
  3. Cover your furniture and car seats. If you allow pets on your furniture or bed, cover your furniture with some throws or blankets to preserve your furniture. If your dog likes car rides, there are special car seat covers to help on wear and tear.
  4. Give your dog a designated chair. Instead of allowing your dog free access to the furniture, give him his own special chair that’s protected by a furniture throw. Better to have to deal with one chair than the entire room.

  5. Vacuum often. Be diligent in your vacuuming efforts. Frequent vacuuming is the best way to keep your home hair free. Invest in some lint rollers while you are at it. The sooner you remove fur, the better.
  6. Bathe your dog occasionally during the summer. A clean dog will have a healthier coat. A bath once a week or so will clean without drying the skin and rejuvenate your dog’s fur.
  7. Have regular checkups. Many diseases can affect the skin and haircoat. Regular visits to your veterinarian will help identify problems early, and provide more effective treatment.

2 Responses to “Shedding Season: Tips on how to control your dog’s shedding”

  1. Cissy says: This is a dog that a Save 1 Pet in Memphis found and is helping. Is there anyway you can donate anything to this sweet baby? It has to have clean sheets/towels due to being bathed every day. Good food etc. Here’s their facebook link

    Thank you very much!

  2. Merri says:

    For Dyson Vacuum Cleaner owners, there is an attachment called the Groom, which is very expensive, but it seriously works! I have two dogs that shed like crazy, one with long hair, and one with a medium but thick coat. Neither one likes the vacuum cleaner, but in a very short time have become tolerant of it. The attachment has a handle that you push down that exposes bristles that you use to brush. Then you let the handle go, the hair is pulled off the bristles and is sucked in through a hole in the center. While it doesn’t always suck all the hair down, the hair does stay suctioned to the attachment and is easily swept into the hole. What is absolutely amazing is that the area where I “groom” my dogs has very little visible hair on the floor when I’m done (I have a white dog and I tested this by grooming on a black marble surface), meaning a good 99% or more of the hair you brush out is actually sucked into the vacuum, and you can run the attachment without depressing the handle to suck up any that does get loose. The attachment is expensive ~$75 (it is a Dyson afterall), but I think it is 100% worth it if you have a dog that is constantly shedding and you need some help with containment!

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