8 dog shedding remedies
While dog shedding is a completely normal thing, it can get out of control quick. That why using these dog shedding remedies will be of great help to you. If you’ve noticed your dog shedding a bit more than usual, then it’s probably the weather, hormones, or any of the other factors that could affect shedding.
Invest in good quality food
One of the things that can affect the amount of shedding your dog has is diet. To reduce shedding you need to invest in some high-quality dog feed. Low-quality dog foods is filled with fillers that can be difficult for your dog to digest.
Good quality food has meat as the primary ingredient. Remember that there are dog foods that cater to different dog breeds and sizes.
Try Olive or Flaxseed Oil
Other dog shedding remedies that target nutrition is the addition of some supplements to your dog’s diet to keep their coat healthy. The healthier a dog’s coat is, the less likely it is to fall out prematurely or excessively.
One such supplement is olive or flaxseed oils, which do wonders for a dog’s skin and coat. For each day, add one teaspoon of olive or flaxseed oil per 10lbs body weight to your dog’s food to provide them with some much needed Omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in salmon, tuna, and other healthy fishes. You can also incorporate these into your dog’s diet for a more natural source of fatty acids.
3. Add Molasses To Your Dog’s Diet
Another supplement that you can give your dog to reduce shedding is molasses. This is a bit tastier than olive or flaxseed oil, so if your dog is a picky eater then you can opt for this instead. Add one teaspoon of molasses per 10lbs of body weight daily.
Take note that apart from natural supplements given at the recommended doses, you shouldn’t give your dog vitamin supplements unless recommended by your vet. Giving your dog too much-unprescribed vitamins can affect their health for the worse.
4. Give Your Dog Plenty of Water
Another thing that you should take into consideration is your dog’s hydration. Dry skin can cause shedding too.
Some dog shedding remedies thus require you to keep your dog hydrated. You can do that by providing your dog access to fresh clean water all throughout the day so that they never go thirsty and can drink water whenever they want.
5. Try Some Moisture-Rich Treats
Another possible method of hydration is giving your dog some moisture rich food and treats. Low amounts of moisture-rich human snacks can also be given, provided that you don’t feed your dog too much.
Moisture-rich snacks include apple slices (with no seeds, which are toxic to dogs), bananas, cucumbers, and more. Remember to steer clear from toxic foods like chocolate, raw meat, grapes, avocado and more.
6. Brush Your Dog’s Coat
You may think that grooming through brushing only encourages more fur to fall off from your dog’s coat, but the removal of those excess and loose fur actually keep your dog’s coat healthier in the long run.
When excess and loose fur is removed from your dog’s body, their natural oils get distributed to the coat, which helps it stay moisturized, healthy, and more importantly, in place.
Depending on your dog’s type of coat, there are different kinds of grooming brushes that can aid you in removing the loose fur. If your dog has short hair and a smooth coat, then a bristle brush (which looks very much like a human’s bristle brush) is needed.
If your dog’s coat is curly and/or medium length, then you need a slicker brush to get better coverage through your dog’s thicker coat and curls. For dogs that have long hair and thick undercoats, rakes are the type of brush that works best to groom them.
Like I mentioned before, the weather and seasons play a large role in the shedding of your dog. The best time to provide thorough grooming is between winter and spring, as well as between fall and winter. Those are the times when your dog is likely to shed and grow more fur, respectively.
7. Don’t Forget Baths
Don’t forget to bathe your dog regularly. Blow drying post-bath can also help remove loose fur from your dog’s coat, provided that you towel dry them first.
If it helps, you can also brush your dog’s coat right after bathing to help get rid of the fur that may have gotten loose during the bathing and drying process.
8. Treat Causes Of Itchy Skin
If your dog has a flea infestation or an allergy that causes them to itch, then the scratching may be causing the loose fur. Treat any infestation or allergy the moment you see the symptoms, and your dog may lose less fur. Don’t forget to use the guidelines to proper grooming along with the treatment, and the loose fur and dry skin can both be addressed in the process.
If you’re looking to help reduce the itchiness and consequently, the scratching, you can also look into giving your dog oatmeal bath.