Top 5 Strategies to Help Alleviate Your Dog’s Shedding

Tis the Season for Grooming!

Ahh spring has arrived, and so have the little furry bunnies that scurry across my hard wood floors and augment in size as the minutes progress.  I guess that is what I get for having 3 hairy dogs and one hairy cat in my house all of the time!

Spring and fall bring a kind of molting period for 2 of my dogs.  They resemble wooly buffalos as their fur cascades slowly down their bodies.  If I am quick I can grab a handful of fur as they fly past me galloping and playing with one another.

I hate to say I am a neat freak, because I don’t think anyone with multiple animals really can be, but I am as close as you can get for someone with a pack of pets.  I hate fur in my eyes, up my nose and swirling about my floor.  I do my best to vacuum daily to keep dirt and fur at bay, but during shedding season sometimes daily is not enough!

There are a few tricks of the trade to help keep the fur and dirt at bay, at least for a while!

What to Do?

This is Just What My Dogs Look Like! Minus the Horns!

  1. Quality dog food and good nutrition helps keep shedding at bay.  Healthy coats shed less!
  2. Daily brushing and basic grooming can be crucial!  If you are not brushing it out…it’s going to land on your floor!
  3. Bathing can dramatically reduce the amount of fur that ends up on your floor!  Warm baths help loosen that voluminously loose fur!
  4. Blow drying can also help to free fur from your dog’s body.
  5. Some dogs will even allow their owners to vacuum their bodies to get fur out.

 

And My Bonus Favorite Tips!!!

Take your dog somewhere else for his bath and grooming!  You don’t have to drop him off at the groomer if that makes you uncomfortable; there are plenty of Do It Yourself Dog Grooming Facilities where you are supplied with tub, water, shampoo, blow dryers, nail trimers, brushes and all your doggy grooming needs.  And, the best part…you get to leave the fur and the mess SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!  Clean up post bath is my most dreaded task!

In between baths when your dog has that “not so fresh” smell…I recommend wiping them down with a scented baby wipe which helps get the dirt out of their fur and also gives them a fresh scent!  Use a brush immediately after their wipe down to add sparkle and shine!

 

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Comments

  1. Jana Rade says:

    Quality food and good grooming definitely help a lot. For seasonal shedding we love FURminator.

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  2. Cheyenne says:

    Grooming,oh yes, the devil itself. I have three big shedders for dogs. It doesnt matter what I do they just keep loosing fur. It really surprises me how they are not bald. Anyways diet is a big part of it, then again losing winter coats for summer is another major part as well. Brushing your dogs (if they are big shedders) is very important and probably should be done at least twice a day. If your to busy check sites for new dog foiods to try or call a local vet. After all thank godness for vaccuum cleaners. Goodluck!

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  3. Alice says:

    What do you consider a good dog food? This is very confusing and could use some help. I have a brown lab with dry skin and shedding.

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    Minette Reply:

    The very best answer should come from your vet, as each dog is different! Two dogs on the same dog food might react totally differently.

    I prefer the high end foods like Eukanuba.

    I also believe in 3V caps and omega 3 fatty acids for your dog and its coat. Again your vet can give you the appropriate dosage for your dog! It may take a little time to see the benefits but these are very effective for dry skin and also help with shedding.

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    Kari Reply:

    90% of the time foods that the vets recommend are horrid! They get incentives to sell big company brands and most do push those products. Check the labels!! High cost does not mean high end. I have 2 English Mastiffs, their food is Canidae. I can’t say enough about how great this product is!Every now and then I add a cup of Taste of the wild (another great food) They go wild over the salmon!!

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    Minette Reply:

    Go to our blog and search our posts for biting. One of my articles is “Help for your land shark” and there are others on the subject that can help. Good luck there are lots of ways to help curb the problem.

    Minette Reply:

    This may have been the case many years ago, but is not necessarily true anymore. Most vets recommend an array of food products but prescription foods are supplied to them by food companies because they are prescription foods.

  4. Ken says:

    I appreciate these tips. I have a black lab, a flatcoat retriever, a border collie and a whippet mix. My hard floors look like a black-sheep wool farm every day. If I let cleaning go for more than two days, I’m literally wading in fur. It goes on year-round. And–they don’t like being brushed, which makes everything all the harder.

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    robyn Reply:

    Have you tried a Zoom Groom? I have a shepherd who shed constantly, and is not fond of conventional brushes. He tolerates the Zoom Groom, and it takes out more loose hair than a conventional brush

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    Ken Reply:

    Thank you for the tip!

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    Janet Reply:

    What is the “Zoom Groom”? I have a Pom and, even though he does like to be brushed, there are areas that are more tender. I would love to be able to get the loose hair underneath, before they become knots.

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    robyn Reply:

    If you google it, you will come up with lots of hits, including youtube demos, etc. It is made by Kong, the same people who make those great Kong Toys. I bought mine from my vet, but they are readily accessible online. Best of luck!

  5. Laura says:

    And in addition- I recommend the Pet series Roomba!!!!

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  6. Dorothy says:

    We love our 3 dogs. Our Old English Sheepdog has the most hair and requires the most grooming but sheds the least. Our White Shepard sheds alot but not as bad as the smallest, black spaniel. I agree that quality food and good grooming will keep the hair balls down to a minium. But vacuuming is still required. The birds love the hair for nests. What fun!

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  7. Russ E says:

    i learned years ago,one egg whipped in their food daily,during shedding season makes the world of difference,or they might just like licking it plain,plus keep up on the brushing,also the egg daily gives your animal a nice shiney coat;)from the canadian with all the seasons……

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  8. Eileen says:

    Omega-3 Fatty acids helped the excess shedding. Using a fulminator helps during the warm months keeps the furballs to just little bundles of fur on the rug. Plus, my dog now has such a shiny coat with that silky feel that people passing by think my dog is still a pup.

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  9. Tina says:

    We had ours cut down for the summer and it has helped tremendously and it has made a big difference on my hardwood floor! We give them great dog food but they both shed. One is a Dalmation/lab and the other is a King Charles Cavalier.

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  10. Teresa says:

    Thank you for all your tips… I need every help I can get!

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  11. Pat McCauley says:

    Teach your dog to love being vacuumed. Put them on leash, use the upholstery brush on your vacuum as it is less scary for the beginning and persist. They may not be too enthusiastic about it at first, but just persist, just a few minutes a day, until the day arrives where they demand to be vacuumed first! The only problem is when you are trying to get it done fast and they demand their turn, and when you turn the vacuum off and then on, they assume that’s a new time so they get in line! Sure saves on the fuzzies on the floor. Pat

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  12. Alet says:

    My 2 year oud Basset male has a allergie problem and has to take pills
    and that makes him shed al the time I will try the egg, that is mybe the only thing that I have not tried,

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  13. Andy says:

    Good so good tips!! thank you

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  14. Coralie says:

    Great tips from everyone.
    I use them all.
    When our Astro came to us 10 weeks ago,he didn´t shed any fur and had a “sticky” coat after all the parasite and worm treatment he had to go through before he was allowed to enter the Country.

    Today, he has a wonderful shiny coat, but is shedding mounds of fur all the time. We have been told that this is very usual for dogs coming from a shelter after being rescued from traumatic situations. The shedding can also be an aftermath of traumatic events.

    I understand this probably does not apply to any of the dogs mentioned here, but it is interesting to know about when taking on a shelter dog or cat. The shedding will improve and become normal after the first year in the new “forever” home.

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  15. Joanne says:

    We have a three year old Border Collie. We have fed her Nutro Choice dog food all her life. Her coat is shiny and she doesn’t shed ferociously. She DOES shed, but it is easy to sweep up. (Yes, she is spayed.) She also does not have huge BMs. The food is expensive, but we think it is worth it. We also give her a tablespoon of fat or vegetable oil each day with her dry dog food to make it more appetizing which may tend to help the fur loss situation. She accepts baths, but we don’t find that there is much fur loss from them. We brush her regularly (but not daily). People comment on how lovely her coat looks.

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  16. Priscilla says:

    Hi, I keep hearing about Furminators. My local Petco and Petshop do not know what this is. When I took my Great Pyrenees in for a “De-shedding” April, he came back shedding as much as ever! And yes, he is white. Can you tell me what, if it is a groomer’s only tool and if not, where can I find this?

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    Minette Reply:

    I know that Petcos and Petsmarts did carry them at one time. You may need to do an online search for one. Good luck, I too have heard good things about the Furminator!

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    Emily Reply:

    I got my furminator on Ebay – maybe try there?

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  17. I have been using Missing Link for years on my long haired shelter rescued doggies. It has wonderful minerals and flax seed in it and works wonders for everything from shedding to just perking them up and making them act younger. It’s a supplement that you feed a teaspoon of, and they all seem to love it. It’s carried at any good pet store or probably online. Be absolutely sure to keep in the frig after opened and use within 2 months since it has no preservatives. The Furminator is at most big pet stores, but it can be very dangerous if you use it too much on a small dog. Our Pomehuahua got pretty bald in one spot from it. I see something advertised on TV that is obviously a reaction to the Furminator, but doesn’t seem to be so intense.

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  18. Lavon says:

    I have a huge problem with my dog shedding. I have a Fox Terrier, who leaves a trail of poky fir that finds it way into our clothes furniture, dishes, food, you names it. He sheds all year long with no let up. You can’t brush him, or comb him his fir is too short and wiping him down just makes his ‘quills’ wet. I recently got a soft, rubbery brush which moves his fur around his body and some drops to the floor. First try resulted in a dustpan full of fur with about as much left still static clinging to his coat. My vet said there isn’t anything I could do that was just the “nature” of the animal. There has to be something I can do.

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  19. Mike says:

    We have a Shih Tzu that sheds alot and our carpet and hardwood floors are pretty much hairless. We run our Roomba three times a week and the kirby once a month and it keeps everything under control. There is no back pain with the Roomba. It works even if we are not there.

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  20. Darlene says:

    I raise puppies for Southeastern Guide dogs. Currently I am on puppy #7 and feel that I have a good system that works well. We do all of our puppy training without using treats, clickers etc. Praise is the only reward. My system seems to work well, as my first 5 dogs graduated to become guide dogs, number 6 will probably be matched in July. Number 7 is not quite 5 months old and is already doing all the “age appropriate” items on the emotion training list plus more. She has experienced some dislike to my loud vacuum and I tried today using a treat and turning on the vacuum. I modified your method and it worked well. I enjoy your training tips and though I can’t use most I find them informative. Keep up the good work, if more people trained their dogs there would be less problems.

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  21. Heather says:

    Harley – (1 year Leonberger) has started to moult. I side produced a carrier bag full of fur (squashed down) The other side did the same. I have sent it off for a friend to make it into wool and knit a teddy with it. We did this with our Akita cross – Sumo. A wonderful momento.. All in all the fur from Harley weighs about 10 ozs!! (enough for at least 2 teddies!). At least the birds in the garden will have cosy soft nests with the rest! Just waiting for for Freya (2 year Leonberger) to start – hoope the vaccuum cleaner is up to it!!

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  22. Heather says:

    Harley – (1 year Leonberger) has started to moult. I side produced a carrier bag full of fur (squashed down) The other side did the same. I have sent it off for a friend to make it into wool and knit a teddy with it. We did this with our Akita cross – Sumo. A wonderful momento.. All in all the fur from Harley weighs about 10 ozs!! (enough for at least 2 teddies!). At least the birds in the garden will have cosy soft nests with the rest! Just waiting for for Freya (2 year Leonberger) to start – hoope the vaccuum cleaner is up to it!! They are fed Origen adult.

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  23. debbie says:

    hi i have a english bull terrier and a staffy,and they are moulting really bad,i wash them reguley and brush them,but the hairs go evrywhere,i am founding them all over the house,is there anything i can use to help,

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