Dog Shedding: What you need to know

Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 
 

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Shedding is one thing canines of all shapes and sizes have in common. While there are a number of factors that determine how much your doggo will shed, many pet owners will eventually find themselves reaching for the vacuum at one point or another. In this article, we are going to shed some light on the many factors that influence pet shedding and some ways to avoid a follicle debacle.

Breeds

A canine’s breed is the single most influential factor on how much they will shed. Canines such as Retrievers and Hounds were bred for specific tasks such as hunting and herding. These breeds have thicker coats which act as insulation against the harsh conditions and temperatures. Breeds like the Shih Tzu, Scottish Terrier, and Bichon Frise were bred to be in-home companions and shed much less.

Illness

While shedding is a normal occurrence, excessive shedding can be an indicator of potential health issues. Owners need to pay close attention if you notice that your pet is shedding more than usual. If this increase in shedding is accompanied by excessive scratching, patches in your pet’s coat, or abnormalities in the skin it is time to schedule a visit with your veterinarian.

Seasonality

Seasonality has a significant impact on how much hair your dog will shed. In the fall, pets shed their light summer coats in preparation for their heavier winter fur for the cold months ahead. When winter turns to spring, the cycle continues and pets shed their winter coat for a lighter more breathable coat. This shedding cycle ensures that the animal is prepared for any and all seasonal conditions.

Tips for staying ahead of shedding 

  • 1. Control shedding with regular brushing
    • Any dog owner will tell you that maintaining a consistent brushing/grooming schedule is the best way to contain and dispose of excess pet hair. Regular brushing helps collect excess hair in a fast and efficient way. Increasing the frequency of grooming during the spring and fall is the best way to keep shedding under control while your pet sheds its coat for the season ahead.

  • 2. Keep your home clean
    • Your household vacuum cleaner is your best bet in the fight against any shedding situation. Be sure to vacuum any carpet, wood, or tile surfaces where pet hair tends to build up. Many pet owners vacuum their furniture but others find it easier to simply cover these snuggle spots with blankets and other barriers.

  • 3. Protect your vehicle
    • Packing up your K-9 for a trip to the dog park, visit to the vet, or weekend road trip can leave the interior of your vehicle covered with pet hair. The PetComfort Seat Protector is a great way to protect your seats from excess pet hair but also shield them from nail scratches and muddy paws. If your dog spends any time in the cargo area of your vehicle, the WeatherTech Cargoliner will keep your cargo space clean.