8 Steps To Reduce Your Dog's Shedding In 3 To 5 Days
1. Check with Your Vet
The first step requires you to rule out any physical problems. Sometimes excessive shedding can be directly linked to some underlying health problem.
Thyroid imbalance can cause excessive shedding. If you think your dog sheds more than the average dog I would first check with your vet and make sure your dog has a clean bill of health. This is absolutely critical! In fact, I cannot stress this enough
Brushing your dog is a pretty obvious step, but brushing a few times a week can help reduce stray hairs and keep the shedding in check.
Here are some tips on brushing your dog's coat.
- Always start at the dog's head and work your way towards the tail. Pay close attention to the high shed areas like the outer thighs and neck.
- Short strokes work best in those areas. Once you have gone over your dog with the brush, spend a few minutes going against the grain (against the direction of the hair growth) with the brush. This will remove any dead hair that you may have missed.
Regular brushing will release and distribute natural oils from the skin, producing a healthy, shiny coat. I recommend using a slicker brush, grooming rake, or shedding blade found in most pet stores.
3. Use a lint roller
One simple easy thing you can do is buy and use a lint roller. The ones you find at your dry cleaners or in the cleaning supplies section at the supermarket work great.
Whenever we get hair on our clothes we use these rollers to take the hair off. Next time; use it to take the hair off of your dog. Start by going against the grain. Then go in the direction of the grain. Use a few sheets to do the job.
This is a fast, easy, inexpensive way to control shedding. It only takes a few minutes and most dogs love it.
It is important to establish a regular grooming schedule. Bathing your dog in luke warm water will help loosen and remove dead hairs. There are two ways to do this.
- You can do it on your own.
- You can have a professional groomer do it for you.
If you decide to do it on your own, here are a few tips.
- Don't over bathe your dog. Depending on the breed, the most you should bathe your dog is every 2 to 4 weeks.
- Bathing more frequently than that can and will strip your dog's coat of its natural oils.
- When giving a bath, make sure that you use a gentle, pet appropriate shampoo.
- After the shampoo, it is a good idea to apply a conditioner. You can get most of these products at any pet store.
- HydroSurge Bathing System
At Alpha K9 Pet Services, our groomers use our unique HydroSurge Bathing System to effectively bathe your dog. The HydroSurge penetrates deep into your dog's coat to remove loose fur, and it provides a deep cleaning that a scrub brush can't accomplish.
The great thing about the HydroSurge is the relaxing massage it provides for your dog. Our groomers also take time to brush, bathe, blow-dry, and trim your dog's nails plus a lot more depending on your needs. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call 281-893-DOGS.
The old adage "you are what you eat" also applies to dogs. If you feed your dog a really poor diet it will show in their skin and coat.
It is important to not only view shedding problems externally. We also have to look at the problem internally. Not all dog foods are made the same.
If I can convince you of one point in this report, it is to make sure you are feeding your dog a high quality, premium dog food. If your dog is eating a bad diet it will show in his skin and coat.
The best thing to do right now is to look at the ingredients on the label of the food bag. Your dog's diet should consist of chicken or lamb meal, not chicken or lamb by-products. It should also be preserved naturally with vitamin E and tocopherols, not BHA, BHT or dyes. These preservatives have an effect on your dog's behavior and on his skin and coat.
It is always a good idea to supplement your dog's diet. Doctors often tell us that even the best diet in the world is deficient in some ways and needs to be supplemented.
I recommend supplementing the dog's diet with different oils and vitamins. You can get vitamin supplements for your dog at pet stores and at health food stores. Most dog foods are cooked at 325 to 350 degrees. Water-soluble vitamins are sensitive to heat over 110 degrees.
Without sufficient supplementation, your dog could become deficient. I also recommend supplementing dog food with either cod liver, linatone, or safflower oil. These oils can greatly improve the quality of your dog's skin and coat.
I saw great improvements in my dog's skin and coat after I started to give her safflower oil.
Carding is a process that eliminates excess hair on certain breeds. It works especially well on labs, German shepherds, Basset Hounds, Beagles, and dogs with an undercoat.
A #40 grooming tool is used to eliminate the hair that a brush does not get. When a professional groomer cards your dog it takes approximately 5 to 15 minutes. This process alone removes about 50 percent of the hair you would find around your home.
If you would like to know more about carding or want to have Alpha K9 Pet Services card your dog, please call 281-893-DOGS.
8. REDUCED SHEDDING PROGRAM™
Alpha K9 Pet Services offers a Reduced Shedding Program™. This program has reduced shedding in some dogs by 50 - 75%. There are 3 parts to the program.
- Your dog gets a complete grooming with our HydroSurge® Bathing System and steady stream power attachment. After bathing, a high velocity dryer is used to separate and remove excess hair inch by inch.
- The dog is then fluff dried, brushed and combed.
- Our groomer will then card your dog removing much of the hair that is missed by the brush and comb.
You can only get the Reduced Shedding Program at Alpha K9 Pet Services.
How do we know that?
Because we developed it exclusively for our customers.
The program was developed to provide owners with solutions to their shedding problems.