Why Does My Dog Shed So Much



    Does your dog shed so much you carry a lint brush around?  Do you find pet hair everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Do you often wonder with all the hair on your clothes, couch, bed and even tub, how is my dog not bald. Shedding is most pet owners’ number one complaint.

    Our furry friends shed to get rid of old, damaged, or extra hair. They grow a heavy coat in the winter to help insulate themselves and then shed the extra hair in the summer. Long-haired dogs, such as Afghan hounds and poodles, shed less than shorter-haired varieties. Some double-coated, serious shedders include the Akita, American Eskimo, Collie, German Shepherd, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, Belgian Sheepdog, Labrador retrievers and pugs.

    Here is a list of ways to control and even minimize shedding

    1.  Brush dogs and cats regularly. Most dogs and cats benefit from a daily brushing. Utilize tools such as shedding blades and grooming gloves. Groom pets outside, garage or in a laundry room to contain flyaway fur.

    2.  Vacuum carpets, furniture and car upholstery, using pet vacuums with HEPA filters and motorized brushes for allergen removal and for pet hair pick-up. The Swifter Sweeper is a great tool for daily fur removal because the dry cloth picks up 50 percent more dust, dirt and hair than a regular broom. A slightly dampened sponge works wonders to pick up pet hair from upholstered furniture and tufts of fur on carpets. For hardwood furniture and counter tops, try a Swifter Duster, which grabs fur that feather dusters can just spread around.

    3.  Shampoo at least once a week. Use an Olive shampoo or Oatmeal shampoo and be aggressive when washing, get a good scrub in. FURminator de Shedding Shampoo is great as well as 8 in 1 Perfect Coat Shed Control Shampoo for Dogs.

    4.  Add vitamin A and E, Omega 3, Omega 6 fish oils and Linoleic Acid to their diet.

    5.  Keep closet doors closed, so hair can’t travel in.

    6.  Keep upholstered furniture covered with easy-to-launder throws and blankets.

    7.  Invest in lint brushes.

    So sorry to say there is no miracle cure for shedding, but the below are some great ways of grooming, controlling and minimizing the constant shedding.  Some of the best tools on the market right now. The FURminator deShedding tool, reduces shedding by up to 90%. The True touch deshedding glove mimics the touch of your hand and has soft silicone tips to groom with ease.

    If you think your dog sheds more than usual, contact your vet and discuss your concerns. Excessive shedding can also be the result of stress, poor nutrition or a medical problem. Your veterinarian can best determine if her hair loss is part of the normal shedding process or is a symptom of an underlying disorder.