What Helps Dog Shedding?

by Amy Brantley
    Daily brushing can help remove dead hair.

    Daily brushing can help remove dead hair.

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    Dogs shed to help keep themselves cool during warmer weather. If the shedding increases during colder parts of the year, there may be a problem. If you're concerned about the level of shedding your dog is experiencing, make changes to his grooming schedule and diet. This will help your dog have a healthier coat and keep your clothes hair-free.

    During the times of the year when shedding is common, you can help prevent dog hair build-up by brushing your dog daily. You need to brush your dog at least five minutes per day. This will remove any loose hair before it falls to the ground or gets on your clothing. You should keep this habit up year-round, but at the very least, you should brush your dog every other day. If your dog will allow it, you can also vacuum him with the brush attachment to loosen and remove dead hair.

    Bathing once per month can also help loosen any dead hair. Use a dog-safe shampoo and never use a heated blow dryer to dry your dog's fur. Hot blow dryers will cause the hair to dry out, which will cause your dog to shed even more. While regular bathing is important, bathing your dog too frequently can be damaging to his skin and coat.

    A dog's coat is made of 90 percent protein. When you feed a dog a poor-quality food, she may not get enough protein or enough good-quality protein to have a healthy coat. This can cause excessive shedding. High-quality, natural foods that do not use fillers or byproducts are the best choice. These brands can be more expensive, but help ensure your dog gets the nutrients she needs.

    If your dog is shedding more than normal during strange parts of the year, talk to your vet about supplements. There are omega supplements made for dogs, but you can also add a teaspoon of olive oil or fish oil to your dog's food. Do be aware that some dogs can have stomach problems with fish oil. You can also purchase a dog food with a higher amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Adding supplements or oil to your dogs diet can take up to 12 weeks to be effective.

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    About the Author

    Amy Brantley has been a writer since 2006, contributing to numerous online publications. She specializes in business, finance, food, decorating and pets.

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