In the summer heat, shedding seems never ending. Are you tired of clumps of fur collecting in the corners of the house and individual strands embedding in your clothes? Here are the best ways to control shedding in dogs.
- Brush your dog regularly. This removes loose fur and helps distribute their oils to keep their fur healthier, and less likely to shed.
- Feed your dog high quality food. A better diet will help keep their coat healthy and minimize shedding. Some dogs even have allergy-related shedding, so monitoring their diet is extremely important.
- Use de-shedding grooming tools. These tools are specialized for shedding and can help manage fur better than a brush alone.
- Regularly bathe your pup. Baths help loose fur fall out, but over-bathing can cause dry skin. This causes fur fallout.
- Manage fleas. Fleas cause dogs to scratch themselves and fling fur into the air. Make sure your pooch is flea-free to keep scratching (and fur-flinging) to a minimum.
Some dogs are heavy shedders and little can be done to eliminate shedding completely. It should be noted that shearing a dog will not decrease shedding either. In fact, you’ll be left with smaller strands of fur that will still shed.
If you’re considering adding a new pup to the family but don’t want to deal with fur matting your home, look for a breed that doesn’t shed much, like a maltese or poodle. Many long-haired breeds, like shelties and retrievers, shed heavily.
If all else fails, get a good vacuum.