Shedding is one of the most common problems that dog owners have to face. While many people choose to adopt dogs that don’t shed, this isn't always possible. You may come across a lovely dog that bonds with you well. You fall in love with them even though they shed! While shedding can be annoying, there are a few steps that can minimize the problem.
These are ordinary pet care tips, but they can be powerful measures if you are living with a dog that sheds.
Shedding includes pet hair and dander (dry skin). If you are trying to reduce allergy problems for your family or for visitors, follow all of these steps carefully.
Brush Your Dog Regularly
Brushing your dog’s coat everyday may reduce shedding significantly or even stop it altogether. Brushing removes loose fur. For very thorough brushing of curly fur, get a good grooming tool. A Furminator rake can be very helpful for brushing this type of coat.
Review Food and Other Products
When hair or fur falls out in larger amounts, it may be that your dog is having a food or product reaction.
Some dogs need special types of food or even supplements to keep their coats healthy. Ask your veterinarian about this. Popular supplements to improve a dog's coat are Omega fatty acids 3 and 6. These fatty acids nourish the dermis layer and the hair that is on the skin. Ordinary dog food may be deficient in these nutrients. One trick is to add a teaspoon of fish oil to your dog's food every day. Some drawbacks to watch out for: fish breath and loose stools.
Wash your dog regularly with warm water and a high-quality dog shampoo. Brush your dog's coat as your bathe him to remove loose fur. If you are concerned about the shampoo's pH level and whether it will irritate your dog's skin, consult a good pet supply store.