Do you find yourself reaching for the nearest lint roller because you’re covered in your sweet pup’s fur?! Most of our furry friends tend to shed all over our clothes, furniture, and really anything they touch! Although this is totally normal, it may not be very fun for you. You might think to yourself “How the heck do I tone down this dog’s shedding??”. Well, we are here to help answer that!
The first thing we need to know is, does your dog shed a normal amount? And how can you tell? It really depends on the breed of dog you have and the time of year. Many breeds have a shedding cycle where they lose lots of their fur or hair for a given period and then their shedding will slow down. You can speak to your vet about your dog’s breed and find out what is considered a normal amount of shedding for where you live and what time of the year it is.
Once you speak to your vet, you should know the normal shedding amount for your dog. If you think your dog is shedding more than what is common, it may be due to one of these issues:
- Excessive itchiness
- Skin patchiness
- Skin scrapes or cuts
- Generally ill or unwell
If so, it is best to make an appointment with your local vet to see if there is an underlying cause to your dog’s shedding. Things like diabetes, thyroid disorders, or nutrient deficiencies can lead to excessive shedding.
After you rule out any severe health issues you can start reducing shedding at home! So how exactly do you do that? Here are 5 tips to help your dog stop shedding and to keep you and your home a little less hairy!