Once you welcome a furry friend home, you give them access to your entire house including your bed. But have you thought about how to Control Shedding in Dogs?

You love to cuddle with those goofballs before retiring to bed. But what about those tiny pet hairs floating all over?

While it is impossible to entirely eliminate pet hair, this article suggests measures to Control Shedding in Dogs by simply taking care of a few things.

 

1) Choosing a Dog Breed-

If you or any of your family members have an allergic tendency,then you should be selective before you bring home a furry friend. Though pet hair is not an allergen, it can collect dander, urine, and saliva all of which cause allergic reactions.

Rather than dealing with the potential dangers to those in your home with pet allergies, you may want to take an informed decision by looking at the dog breeds that shed lesser.

A lady wearing blue top, covering face with a handkerchief while sneezing due to allergy from pet hair

2) Regular Bathing:

Regular bathing cleans the coat of your dog and also helps to Control Shedding in Dogs. There are some Deshedding Shampoos and Conditioners for dogs that contain moisturizers and Omega-3 fatty acids that hydrate your dog’s skin and fur. These shampoos and conditioners can also help loosen and remove your dog’s excess undercoat.

A black labrador inside a bathtub, with a blue towel wrapped on head

However, never apply shampoos and conditioners meant for human use on dogs. They are not only harmful for your dog’s coat, but also does not work the same way on dogs as it does for humans.

3) Brushing:

Regular brushing is very important for your dog’s healthy coat.It not only helps in hair growth but also helps you to get rid of unwanted pet hair all over the house.Regular brushing also helps you to check for matting of hair or to get hold of those ticks that might have penetrated deep through the coat while your dog was enjoying daily walk.

A grooming brush being used to control shedding of dog hair

Remember to choose the right brush depending on your dog’s coat type.It is always recommended to brush your dog once a day.You may want to have a look at the different types of brushes suitable for different dog breeds here in this video-

 

4) Dematting & Fur Trimming:

Apart from regular brushing,in order to Control Shedding in Dogs,you may need to book appointments with a professional groomer monthly of several times a year depending on the coat type of your dog.

Some dog breeds need more care and attention when it comes to grooming due to their thick coat & tendency to get matted.A matted coat not only looks unruly but also makes it difficult for you to spot a parasite due to thick and tangled hair.

Image of a dog with matted fur, needs fur trimming

5) Factors Affecting Shedding:

Though each dog is unique,there are some identified factors that are known to impact the shedding pattern of dogs.It includes the following-

(i)Breed: Not all dogs shed equally despite all other factors remaining the same.Depending on the breed,the amount of shedding in dogs differs.

Some dog breeds that are likely to shed more are-

Akita
Alaskan Malamute
Siberian Husky
German Shepherd
Chow Chow
Labrador Retriever
Great Pyrenees

While those who are known to shed less include-

Shih Tzu
Doberman Pinscher
Dachshund
Boxer
Indian Pariahs
Dalmatian
Pug

(ii)Season-

Some dogs shed throughout the year. No matter what time of the year it is. While there are others who shed seasonally. Usually the most seasonal shedding occurs in the spring and fall. In the spring, your dog’s coat will become lighter, in the preparation for the warm weather. Similarly, during the fall, you will see a change in your dog’s coat and a higher incidence of shedding.

A dog on a railway track enjoying the rain, requires grooming for rainy season

(iii)Diet:

A well balanced diet plays an important role in both controlling shedding & promoting healthy hair growth. The essential vitamins and nutrients help to keep their hair follicles growing strong and resilient to breakage. Some dogs benefit from a dietary supplement of Omega-3 fatty acids to promote healthy hair growth.

A cocker spaniel dog on well balanced diet, sitting on floor with a food bowl by his side

However, before giving your dog any such supplements, please do consult with your veterinarian.

 

Take care of these factors and you are all set to enjoy a healthy and hassle-free parenting experience.

Happy ‘Pawrenting’ !

 

FAQs:

Question 1) 

Is it possible to completely stop shedding in dogs?

Answer: It is neither possible nor feasible to  completely eliminate shedding. Shedding is a natural process and aids in new hair growth in your dog. It is only possible to keep in check with certain measures.

 

Question 2)

Can we use any product based on the information available on internet to check shedding in dogs?

Answer: Always consult with your veterinarian before using any product or health supplements that claim to Control Shedding in Dogs. It is always advisable to take expert opinions. As experiments may lead to unfavourable outcomes.