Our dog is shedding like crazy! We assume that it’s the season for shedding, but he actually sheds pretty much year-round. What could be the cause and what might make it stop?
So Much Fur in Forest West
Dear So Much Fur,
While some shedding is seasonal, most pets shed some amount of fur year-round. Shedding fur is a natural process of losing dead hair and making room for a new coat. Even if your pet lives indoors only, you still might notice some seasonal shedding. Today, we’re going to talk about how you — as someone who possibly values wearing black clothing — can cope with your pet’s shedding.
Feed good quality food
Something really important that can affect shedding is the quality of diet you’re feeding your pet. Simply put, the higher quality the food, the better it is for your whole pet — coat included. Low-quality pet foods are full of fillers, which are harder to digest and can cause excessive shedding. For cats, that strain on their digestion, coupled with the extra hair loss due to shedding, can equal some gnarly hairball issues.
Please remember that a healthy diet is best, but it won’t eliminate shedding entirely.
What about adding vegetables, eggs and meat?
There are some schools of thought on incorporating human-grade, natural foods into your dog’s diet to help control shedding. The theory is that low-quality pet food is lacking in much-needed moisture, which can cause dry, flaky skin and, in turn, shedding. Some experts suggest adding whole, unprocessed foods such as unseasoned, steamed veggies, eggs and raw meat (bones removed) to your dog’s diet a few days a week. Additionally, including an omega-3 supplement to your pet’s diet can ease inflamed skin, eliminating dandruff and reducing shedding.
Don’t forget to groom at home
Obviously, grooming plays a large role in controlling shedding. Help your pet groom by brushing frequently, bathing often and controlling fleas. As far as keeping the tumbleweeds of pet fur at bay in your home, some helpful homekeeping tips include dusting with a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet acts like a magnet for pet fur and grabs it, instead of pushing it around. If you have carpets or rugs in your home, it’s often helpful to sweep or rake your carpet before vacuuming. This way, you can lift the pet hair and allow for easier vacuuming. Let us not forget the almighty lint roller. A lint roller, kept in every room of the house, as well as the car and maybe even one stashed at your office, is invaluable to any pet owner during shedding season.
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