Great Tips to Prevent Dog Shedding
When you love your dog, you are prepared to make some serious changes to your lifestyle to accommodate her needs. In most cases, you don’t really mind.
However, there is one aggravating consequence of bringing home a furry companion, and that is finding their hair on every available surface no matter how often you clean the house.
Here’s how to prevent dog shedding.
For some people this issue is more than just a problem of cleanliness. Dog fur can be a health hazard for humans who are allergic to them. This is why people look for hypoallergenic dogs—dogs who don’t shed and therefore don’t trigger allergies.
Unfortunately, studies have yet to find any dog that is completely hypoallergenic. While there are dogs who shed less, there is no dog who is completely safe for a canine lover with allergies. Even if there existed a dog who didn’t produce the allergen carrying dander, the bacteria would still be found in the dog’s saliva and urine. It’s best, therefore, to research low-shedding breeds and maintain an effective cleaning regime.
Popular Low-Shedding Dogs:
- Portuguese Water dog
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Airedale Terrier
- Chinese Shar-Pei
- Border Terrier
- Lhasa Apso
- Shih Tzu
- Toy Poodle
- Miniature Schnauzer
While there is no way to completely prevent shedding, there are certain steps you can take to minimise the amount of hair merrily floating about your house.
Visit a Vet and Re-evaluate Her Diet:
While a certain amount of shedding is perfectly normal (and unavoidable), if you think your dog is losing more hair than usual it may be time to visit a veterinarian. Often skin infection, fleas, ticks, worms, or even a malfunctioning organ can cause severe loss of hair.
Discuss your pet’s nutritional needs with the vet. Sometimes a deficiency in their diet can cause a dog’s coat to be dull and to shed excessively. You can research vitamin supplements to add to her food, and enrich her diet with flaxseed oil, fish oil, or olive oil—all of which contain omega-3 fatty acids and are excellent for a dog’s coat. Be cautious about using too many supplements in your dog’s food without consulting a vet, since that might have an adverse effect on her health.
Make Grooming a Priority
Most dogs shed seasonally during spring and fall. However, dogs that spend most of their lives indoor tend to shed lightly all year long. The best way to deal with excessive shedding is daily brushing and weekly baths. You can trap most of the falling hair during these grooming sessions by using bristle (short coat), slicker (medium), or rake style brushes (for dogs with long, thick coats) and thoroughly combing down her body. This will considerably lessen the quantity of errant dog hair on your floor and furniture.
During bathing sessions, scrub her well to loosen the dead hair from her coat. Afterwards, towel her down and use the coolest setting to blow dry her coat (since hot air will only make her shed more). Dogs with longer hair and thick undercoats will need to have their fur trimmed regularly. This will make things easier on you, since shorter coats are easier to groom at home.
Even the lightest shedders leave their furry stamp all over the house. It’s necessary to take certain preventive measures to ensure that the tumbleweeds of hair and floating dander in your house don’t cause more annoyance than they absolutely have to.
- Vacuum clean your house daily during the heaviest shedding seasons.
- Use a slightly dampened sponge to pick up stubborn hair from the upholstery.
- Shun the wall to wall carpeting and heavy curtains. Plain hard-wood flooring leaves no place for the dog hair to hide.
- Purchase covers for your furniture, or at least for the couch your dog favors most.
- Invest in high quality lint removers. Buy the rolls in bulk; they’re worth it.
- Install air purifiers in your house to keep the allergy causing dander at bay.
Battling dog fur might seem like an uphill task at certain times of the year, but if you integrate these grooming and housekeeping practices into your daily life, the fight will become a lot easier. A cleaner house means a healthier dog and a happier you.