Some dogs, like Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Pekingese tend to shed a lot. Others, like Dachshunds, Poodles, and Border Terriers seem to be almost shed-free. There are reasons why some dogs shed and others don’t shed at all. But how do you deal with dog shedding?
Different dog breeds shed in different amounts: some shed seasonally, while others shed year-round. This depends on the type of coat your dog has. For dogs that shed seasonally, you’ll notice that most shedding occurs in spring and autumn. In the spring, your dog’s coat will become lighter, in preparation for the warm weather. Similarly, in autumn, in preparation for winter, you will see a change in your dog’s coat and a higher incidence of shedding.
For dogs who shed often, it is important to brush them – sometimes weekly, sometimes a few times a week, or sometimes daily during periods of heavy shedding. Even if your dog is not a big shedder, it is still important to brush and groom them regularly, but how often you groom depends on their coat.
Sometimes, underlying endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism or congenital problems such as follicular dysplasia can cause excessive shedding. It is also possible your dog may have allergies, and this can cause skin and shedding problems.
If you think your dog may have a skin problem, talk to your veterinarian.
Otherwise, the most effective method to combat shedding is to remove dead hair with regular brushing, combing, and the use of pore- and follicle-dilating shampoos and baths. Some dogs can even be vacuumed!
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