Dog shedding in winter: Top 5 tips
Dog shedding: normal or excessive? If you think dog shedding is only influenced by your...
16 March 2017
Dog shedding: normal or excessive?
If you think dog shedding is only influenced by your dog’s fur type, there is little you can do against it. But what if you could influence excessive dog shedding? Is it normal that my dog is shedding in winter?
Shedding is when a dog naturally loses his or her hair and it’s a phenomenon which intensifies during seasonal changes. When autumn approaches, you may want to foresee how much dog fur you are going to have to sweep off your floor. And the answer is that this depends on:
- Your dog’s breed
- Your attention to these 5 tips to keep excessive dog shedding under control
Dog shedding: get the brushes ready if…
Don’t get mystified by their short fur: these Japanese dogs are equipped with a very thick double layer that constantly sheds. For this reason, Akita-Inu dogs rank firsts when it comes to excessive dog shedding.
Dog shedding: 5 tips to keep it under control
- Brush your dog regularly
- Keep your dog clean
- Keep your dog hydrated
- Good food always helps
- Flea and tick control is needed
1. Brush your dog regularly
The most important step you can take is to brush your dog every day. Grooming removes loose fur and also redistributes your dog’s skin’s oil into its fur, helping it stay in place.
That healthy hair is more likely to stay attached to your dog’s body and off the furniture. A good brush is a must-have for every dog owner. If you don’t know which one works best for your dog’s coat, you can ask your vet or the local pet store for advice.
2. Keep your dog clean
Bathe your dog regularly, but do so only using specially formulated shampoo.
Giving your dog regular baths encourages loose hair to fall out in the bath tub instead of on your furniture.
Avoid over-bathing, which can cause the skin to become dry and the fur to fall out. You may want to read about how to keep your dog clean without giving him a bath, instead.
Your dog doesn’t like water and he is not a big fan of bathing? Then maybe you need to monitor his daily trips and keep on eye on the routes that he might frequently take. Are these routes a potential cause why your puppy is more than often not clean? Then it’s time to find better walking routes for your furry friend and help him stay out of the dirty, muddling places. If you’re wondering how to track your dog’s trips, a Tractive GPS Tracker is just right for you, since it helps you always know where your dog is and follow his routes in real-time.
3. Dog shedding can be caused by lack of water
Always make sure your dog has enough fresh water available. Dehydration will lead to dry skin, which is the cause of excessive shedding. To encourage your dog to get the daily intake of water he or she needs, try placing more than one bowl in different spots of the house and the garden.
4. Good food always helps
Prefer high-quality food and choose meat-rich and grain-free food. This kind of food is easier to process, and your dog won’t face problems digesting it.
Healthy dog foods promote better health and help control shedding and dry skin.
Dogs with food allergies are prone to diet-related shedding. If your dog has food allergies, try a mix of different kinds of food and ask the vet. Introduce a moderate amount of olive or flaxseed oil, which contains fatty acids. By doing so, you will improve your dog’s overall coat texture.
5. Flea and tick control
Irritated skin increases shedding. Fleas irritate the skin. This means that dogs with flea problems scratch incessantly, which causes hair to fall out. Keeping your dog free of fleas will prevent irritated skin, dandruff, and excessive fur shedding. Bring your pet to the vet if you don’t know how to control fleas and ticks.
Dog shedding: why in winter?
You may ask yourself why is your dog shedding in winter. Oh well, just as trees loose their leaves as the day gets shorter, your dog will also loose more hair once his body is getting prepared for the cold winter. The main reason for this phenomenon are hormonal changes associated with the presence of sunlight, which stimulates hair growth. Just before the cold season kicks in and days gets shorter, your dog will shed the lighter, summer coat and get prepared for the ticker, more protective winter coat. House cats and dogs won’t be that affected by the arrival of winter, since their body temperature indoors is mostly the same, therefore, they will shed lighter. Is your puppy spending most of his time outdoors? Then you will notice a bit more shedding right before the winter season arrives. Either way, even though dogs are different and they don’t all shed the same, shedding in winter is a normal process for most dogs.
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