As much as we love out furriends, dog hair is a constant source of annoyance. Well, at least for me. So I decided to gather up some of my tips that helped me reduce it to a minimum.
What causes shedding in dogs?
Dogs naturally lose old or damaged hair by shedding. Although shedding is a normal process, the amount and frequency of shedding depends upon their health and breed type. It can also depend on the season. Many dogs develop thick coats in the winter that are then shed in the spring. Dogs who are always kept indoors, however, are prone to smaller fluctuations in coat thickness and tend to shed fairly evenly all year around. Here are some of the most notable health issues that cause excessive shedding.
- Excessive hair loss or bald patches may be due to one of the following:
- Parasites (fleas, lice or mites)
- Fungal or bacterial infections
- Inhalant or food-related allergies
- Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease (including Cushing’s)
- Pregnancy or lactation
- Certain medications
- Self-induced trauma due to licking
- Immune disease
- Contact with irritating or caustic substances
Although the amount can vary from dog to dog, depending on the breed, health condition and often their diet.
How to prevent excessive shedding?
Brush regularly: It does not only help remove loose hair, it also keeps the skin more healthy by gently massaging the skin. This way blood circulation increases, that helps in maintaining a healthier coat.
Feed a healthy diet: With a healthy diet you can make sure your pet gets all the right nutrients and vitamins it needs. Some of them are absolutely vital for a healthy bone structure and good skin and fur. You can always throw in a little extra with vitamins specifically developed to help maintain a healthy fur. For more tips on the nutrients your dog needs, and which foods you find them read our article here.
Bathe them regularly: A clean pup will shed less, not to mention that it helps resolve some of the above mentioned health conditions. You can get rid of fleas, lice or mites, fungal and bacterial infections with the right bath or mud treatment. For after care, you can use all natural oils or sprays specifically developed for fur maintenance. However, try to avoid excess heat like blowdrying their fur.
How to keep your home clean?
Proper vacuuming: By this I mean using either baking soda or other specific products to sprinkle on the carpet. This will loosen up dog hair from the carpet making it easier to hoover up. If possible, opt for low pile rugs. It is less likely that dog hair gets tangled up its fibers.
Keep your clothes in the wardrobe: Sounds kind of obvious, but not all of us have the habit to put clothes away straight after they dried. And some pups actually love to use the laundry basket as a dog bed. If you fold all your things away, you reduce the chance of your dog sleeping on top of your clean clothes.
Rubber gloves: You can use a damp rubber glove to clean up dog hair from the furniture. Damp a rubber glove and run it across the sofa, upholstery or the carpet. It gathers up the excess hair nicely so it will be easier to pick it up.
Easy swipe sofa cover: If possible opt for a sofa cover that is easy to clean. Something made out of linen, cotton or mixed fabrics with a smooth surface. This is to make sure that dog hair dos not get tangled up in the fibers, but is easier to sweep or hoover off.
Use a hair ball removal: A hair ball removal is a super practical little gadget, that you can place in the washing machine. It will gather up all the pet hair that would otherwise go loose or down the drain. It isn’t only cleaning up excess hair, it also lengthens the lifetime of your washing machine by preventing clogging.
I hope you guys found my tips handy, although it’s worth noting that when it comes to shedding there is very little to be done about it. You might just want to get yourself used to it, or choose a pet that does not shed, like basenjis, cockapoos or bichones.