If you’re like many dog owners, you’ve probably been cleaning your house only to find an unexpected bundle of hair in a hidden place—a floor vent, a lampshade, even a neglected corner.
It’s a little bit gross, of course, but it also speaks to the difficulty of staying on top of all that hair.
There are a couple of ways to tackle this difficult conundrum. One is to focus on your dog’s health; shedding is a natural process, but there are ways that you can help to mitigate it.
Having the right tools, for example, is a good first step. Your dog needs a brush that’s adapted to the kind of coat they have and the kind of hair they have.
Your dog also needs a regular bath time, which helps to rid of excess dirt and hair, which in turn helps your dog stay healthier.
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Not All Breeds Shed the Same
There are some dog breeds that shed more than others. Shedding is most apparent in double-coated breeds. They have a long protective overcoat as well as an insulating undercoat.
According a poll of veterinarians by Vetstreet.com, the breeds that shed the most include Saint Bernards, Great Pyrenees, Chow Chows, Akitas, Siberian Huskies, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Alaskan Malamutes and Alaskan Huskies.
Shedding and Medical Issues
According to the Animal Medical Center, most shedding is normal, but excessive shedding can be cause for concern. If your dog sheds quickly or excessively, visit your veterinarian. One common reason for excessive shedding is fleas, many times leaving bare skin behind. Dogs who are allergic to flea bites scratch, which causes fur to fall out quickly and in large quantities. Excessive scratching can lead to skin infections, which can also cause fur loss. This is why it’s especially important to prioritize flea prevention.
Other issues may include thyroid disorders, diabetes, allergies, cancer or more. Sometimes excessive shedding can be due to a nutritional deficiency, so making sure your dog eats a high-quality diet is key to overall well being, including skin and coat health. Regular checkups with your veterinarian help you detect any issues you may need to address.
Tips to Help Reduce or Control Shedding
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