Dog shedding: Causes and tips to control it

Dog shedding

While certain breeds like Huskies or Golden Retrievers are known for their fur shedding, it can still be a problem for almost any dog parent. 

Some owners are too familiar with daily vacuuming the clumps of fur that’ve fallen off their dogs. While certain grooming products may market themselves as the perfect solution to your shedding woes, it’s essential to understand why dogs shed to treat them accurately.

Why Your Dog Sheds A Lot?

While some dogs shed only once or twice a year, other dogs shed from different parts of their body for the entire year. However, a dog may be shedding clumps of fur because of their fur type and the amount of grooming they receive.

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When short or smooth furred dogs shed, their fur quickly falls off.

But if a dog has a long or thick coat, it’s much more likely its fur will get caught when it sheds.  This will increase the chances of developing clumps of fur. Even if your dog doesn’t form clumps of shedding fur, you may still notice the shedding from these dogs more than others. 

We usually see long hair falls out more frequently than short ones.

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How to Stop Your Dog From Shedding?

While it’s not possible to stop your dog from shedding completely, it is possible to decrease the amount they shed. If done correctly, stopping your dog from shedding so much can positively affect their health.

Brush your dog frequently

Brushing is the #1  way to decrease the amount of dead fur flying off your pup! It does a great job at combing out the dead fur that has been trapped. This can reduce the amount of hair that comes off around your home, and it can help temporarily decrease the amount your dog sheds after being brushed.

For most dogs, 2-3 times a week is best. However, it’s better to brush short or smooth-haired dogs every few weeks.

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Use a Shedding Tool

A shedding tool is a great way to really get out all of the dead furs. If you use the right brush for your dog, you may also brush out a coat that is about to shed and decrease the amount of shedding by quite a bit.

Give Your Dog Frequent Baths

The last tip to decrease shedding is to give frequent baths to your dog, preferably once every 2-3 weeks. This is a great way to ensure the health of your dog’s skin, which can aid in decreasing shedding too. Deshedding shampoos are a great way to make the most out of this process.

Perks of Managing Shedding

When you take the time to manage your dog’s coat, it can decrease the amount of shedding that happens and also improve their health. Proper brushing and bathing can help alleviate skin conditions by ridding it of dirt and bacteria. It can also improve the health of their fur by increasing the texture and shine of your dog’s coat! 

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