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Addressing Your Dog’s Excessive Shedding

November 01, 2015

Have you noticed your carpets and furniture getting clogged with dog hair recently? Maybe it’s time to address the problem. Here, your Cambrian, CA vet tells you how to deal with your canine companion’s shedding.

Visit Your Veterinarian

First things first: pay a visit to your local vet’s office to have your dog checked out. Since various medical issues—parasites, infection, disease, and others—could be the root cause of your dog’s shedding, you’ll want to have any health problems ruled out initially. If an issue is found, your vet can tell you how to treat it. If nothing is found, you’ll be able to move on to other solutions.

Feed a High-Quality Diet

One of the leading causes of shedding problems is diet. If your pooch doesn’t get the right amount of fatty acids and other nutrients from food, the skin and hair follicles will suffer, in turn leading to shedding. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a premium, nutritionally balanced dog food that is appropriate for your pet’s age, breed, and weight. You’ll be amazed at the difference!

Brush Regularly

Daily brushing can do wonders for dogs who shed excessively. Simply running a brush through the coat every day will catch a lot of your dog’s loose or dead fur, keeping it in the brush rather than allowing it to spread all over your home. Plus, brushing helps to spread essential skin oils through the hair, keeping it moisturized and cutting back on shedding.

Bathe Occasionally

The occasional bath is also great for removing loose fur and cleaning your dog’s skin and hair. Be sure to use a canine-formulated shampoo, as human shampoos are too strong for your dog’s skin. Dog shampoos are widely available at retail outlets and pet supply stores.

Be careful not to overdo bathing; bathing too frequently can actually dry out the skin and strip fur of essential oils, leading to more shedding instead of less. Talk to your veterinarian to find out exactly how often you should give your dog a bath.

Space Restrictions

Some dogs simply shed a lot more than others. In these cases, space restrictions may help. This means only allowing your dog on one floor of your home, or perhaps only allowing them up on once piece of furniture. This makes cleaning far easier!

Does your dog need veterinary attention? Set up an appointment at your Cambrian, CA animal hospital.