Easy Ways to Manage a Pet Shedding Problem

A hairy situation, indeed. By: Paul Joseph

Pets tend to shed a lot of hair — especially in springtime. This can be a trying time if you have allergies to dander.

Some dog breeds shed a lot more than others. Which dogs tend to shed the least of all?

  • Bichon frise
  • Border terrier
  • Toy poodle
  • Schnauzer

And, naturally,  there are some cat breeds that shed a lot more than others. Which cats tend to shed less?

My Pet Sheds Too Much!

Pretty much all dogs and cats shed hair. But if there is excessive hair shedding, you’ll need to find out the reasons behind it. Over-shedding in pets could be caused by an illness, parasite, skin infection, or allergies and flea infection.

One of the easy ways to manage a pet shedding problem is simply to brush the coat regularly. Brushing daily should help control shedding.

Love Glove

Love Glove

Another thing you can do is to use a special “de-shedding” shampoo that is specifically made for the purpose of dealing with shedding hair. Do not use very hot or cold water when giving a bath — the extreme temperatures may harm the pet’s coat. Use warm water.

If you want to create a natural shampoo for your dog, try a soothing oatmeal bath once a week Want a good oatmeal dog shampoo recipe? Blend 1 cup of dry oatmeal, 1 cup of baking soda and 1 quart of water.

Supplements and Diet

If none of this stops your pet shedding problem, consult your veterinarian, who may prescribe some supplements.

The most common supplements prescribed are omega-3 and olive oil, natural products that have been found to be effective in treating excessive hair loss. You can also add olive oil directly to your dog’s dry food — 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of your dog’s weight. So if your dog weighs 30 pounds, you would add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the dog food. Yet another supplement that might help is called Vitacoat Plus.

In the video below, Dr. Marty Becker explains more:

If you suspect the excessive shedding has been caused by illness, your vet will be able to diagnose the problem and prescribe medications.

Diet also plays a huge role. Pets that get a balanced diet will shed much less hair. So offer a high-quality dog food or cat food. Most pets do well with a super-premium food containing fewer grains and more meat. Sprinkle some fresh vegetables into your pet’s dry food — they’re high in healthy nutrients that are good for skin. Ask your veterinarian if mineral supplements are in order.

Also, always provide plenty of fresh drinking water.

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