Dog Grooming – Facts About Dog Shedding And What Dog Owners Can Do About It
One aspect that dog owners often complain about when caring for a dog is the amount of fur that can accumulate in their home due to their dog’s shedding. Contrary to popular belief dogs that are classified as “hypo allergenic” still shed but to a much lesser degree. So if you’re thinking of looking for a dog that doesn’t shed so you won’t have to suffer from this hairy situation then you’re out of luck. The only dogs that don’t shed at all are those without hair.
It’s important to note that shedding is a healthy and normal process for both dogs and cats. The amount of fur shed may differ from dog to dog but this phenomenon happens to all dogs regardless of the breed or type of coat they have.
Dogs usually shed to make room for new sets of fur to grow back in. When the weather starts to warm up dogs will often shed their coats to make way for a lighter coat to keep them cool during summer. When the weather start to cool down they will then shed their lighter summer coat to give room to a thicker coat to keep them warm. Also, dogs that are usually kept indoors are known to shed fairly throughout the year.
Dog shedding may be normal but it can also be caused by poor nutrition, stress and other serious illness. Certain breed of dogs may shed excessively compared to others but if you think that your dog is shedding more than usual it’s important that you contact your vet immediately.
Remember that dog shedding and pet hair loss are two entirely different things. When a dog sheds, they are simply shedding dead or dirty hair to make way for new hair to grow but when a dog suffers from hair loss very little to no hair ever grows back.
Pet hair loss can also be caused by the following:
- Fleas, lice or mites
- Skin allergies
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Immune disease
- Kidney, liver, thyroid related diseases
Although we don’t have the power to stop our dog’s shedding we can greatly minimize it by simply brushing our dog’s coat daily using a good deshedding tool or a high quality slicker brush and by bathing them frequently during the summer season. Another way we can reduce shedding is by providing the proper amount of nutrients and exercise that our dog really needs.
Always remember that if you feel that the amount of fur shed by your dog is too much or no longer normal please be sure to contact your vet immediately.