How to Reduce Dog Shedding

how to reduce dog sheddingWe all love our furry companions but dog shedding can be frustrating. All dogs have hair so no matter what breed your pet is, your bound to have shed to some extent. Dogs have undercoats, which is why they shed when the temperature changes. Most of them shed heavily in the spring and fall. Summer is coming to a close and another season is just around the corner. Even though there is no way to completely stop shedding you can follow these steps on how to control it.

  1. 1.Grooming your pet. Bathing and brushing your dog regularly will make for a healthier coat. Brushing your pet with the right brush will reduce the amount of hair your dog sheds. There are specific brushes and shampoos for all different coats. If you purchase the correct one you can remove all the dead hair and keep your dogs coat softer. Remember to dry off wet paws and fur because allergens are attracted to moisture.
  2. 2.Protect Furniture. Removing pet hair from furniture is the most irritating. Make sure you cover house furniture and car seats with old blankets. Hair is easier to remove when it is freshly shed. Use a roller to pick it all up as soon as possible. Also, vacuuming often will keep your house hair free.
  3. 3.Checkups. Visit the veterinarian if your pet is prone to allergies. This will prevent fleas so they aren’t itching and scratching all over the house. Also having regular check ups with your veterinarian will help identify any skin diseases early.
  4. 4.You are what you eat. Surprisingly a dogs diet can affect the way their coat looks. Find a high-quality dog food with nutrients or research some homemade diets. Their coat will remain shiny but not greasy and they will be healthy.
  5. 5.Indoors Pup. Although a lot of people would disagree with this solution, keeping your dog inside will reduce shedding immensely. They wont grow such a thick coat to protect themselves throughout the year. It can also reduce the chance of getting fleas, which can lead to hair loss.

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