Easy Ways to Manage Your Pet’s Shedding Problem

Here are the best ways to control shedding in a dog or cat.

A hairy situation, indeed. By: Paul Joseph
A hairy situation indeed. By: Paul Joseph

Pets tend to shed a lot of hair — especially in the spring. This can be a trying time if you are allergic to dander.

Some dog breeds shed a lot more than others. Which dogs tend to shed the least of all?

  • Bichon frise
  • Border terrier
  • Toy poodle
  • Schnauzer

And, naturally, some cat breeds that shed a lot more than others. Which cats tend to shed less?

My Pet Sheds Too Much!

Over-shedding could be caused by an illness, parasite, skin infection, or allergies and flea infection.

One easy way to manage shedding is simply to brush the coat regularly. Brushing daily should help control shedding.

  • A shedding blade will work wonders in your household.
  • A slicker brush or Love Glove is also helpful.

Another thing you can do is to use a special “de-shedding” shampoo. Do not use very hot or cold water when giving a bath — the extreme temperatures may harm the pet’s coat. Use warm water.

If you want to create a natural shampoo for your dog, try a soothing oatmeal bath once a week. Want a good oatmeal dog shampoo recipe? Blend 1 cup of dry oatmeal, 1 cup of baking soda and 1 quart of water.

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Supplements and Diet

If none of this stops excessive shedding, consult your veterinarian, who may prescribe some supplements.

The most common supplements prescribed are omega-3 and olive oil, natural products that have been found to be effective in treating excessive hair loss. You can also add olive oil directly to your dog’s dry food — 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of your dog’s weight. So if your dog weighs 30 pounds, you would add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the food.

When the shedding has been caused by illness, your vet will prescribe medications.

In this video, Dr. Marty Becker explains more:

Diet also plays a huge role. Pets who get a balanced diet will shed much less hair. So offer a high-quality dog food or cat food. Sprinkle some fresh vegetables into your pet’s dry food — they’re high in nutrients that are good for skin. Ask your veterinarian if mineral supplements are in order.

As always, be sure to provide plenty of fresh drinking water.

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