Owning and caring for a dog can be great, fun and very rewarding, but you may face one of the biggest nuisances which are the unwanted hair in your home. Some pets have more hair or denser undercoats and will shed in higher quantities, but nearly all Dogs and cats will shed hair regardless of their breed or age. In fact, we don’t have the ability to stop a dog or cat from shedding, But, we can help reduce the amount of loose hair and effectively remove the hair so it doesn’t create a problem in our homes.
Dogs and cats shed to get rid of broken or damaged hair, and if their skin is irritated from conditions such as allergies, will also shed excessively. The tips we are going to show you in this article will help to keep your dog's skin and hair healthy to reduce and limit shedding as well as effectively removing the hair.
1- Healthy Nutrition
The most effective way to reduce excessive shedding in dogs is to start with a healthy food. Low quality or cheap dog food is made typically of fillers that dogs have difficulty digesting, like corn and grains. Look instead for a dog food that lists meat as the main ingredient. Better quality foods cost a bit more, but they're better for your dog for a variety of reasons. With that being said, I have to mention that better nutrition can help reduce shedding, but it won't eliminate shedding completely.
2- Give Your Dog enough Clean, fresh water
Make sure that your dog has access to as much clean and fresh water as it wants to drink, because as you may know, Dehydration can lead to dry skin, which can cause excessive shedding and even sickness.
3- Add Olive Oil to Dogs and Cats Food
One teaspoon per 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of body weight is a good place to start. These oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that help calm inflamed skin, decrease dandruff, and improve overall coat texture.
4- Bathe your dog consistently
Regular baths will make your dog clean. Which means he will a healthier coat. An addition to that, regular baths can also encourage loose hair to fall out in the tub instead of furniture and car seats. However, you should avoid over-bathing since it can cause dry skin that causes excessive shedding.
Visiting your vet to learn the suggested bathing schedule for your dog is very recommended since different dog’s breed can have a different suggested schedule. But, for most dogs, a regular gentle bathing once a week is enough to keep your dog clean without drying the skin.
5- Reducing Dogs and Cats Shedding through Grooming
Grooming removes excess and loose hair and redistributes your dog's skin oils into its hair, helping it stay in place. Depending on your dog's hair type, you can use a bristle or slicker brush, or a rake.
By Using True Touch Grooming You will achieve great grooming results while just petting and stroking your pet. No more stressful chasing trying to comb out your pet.