Grooming and Shedding/Moulting Dogs


January 27th, 2013

It’s a problem every dog owner can relate to. It sticks to our clothes, it gets stuck in the carpet. Yes my friends, I’m talking about dog hair.

But why do they shed so much hair all the time?

Shedding is triggered by seasonal differences in temperature, day length and natural light. At certain times of the year, our pals respond to these changes by growing a thick winter coat when the temperature drops and the days become shorter, or shedding it during the spring when it becomes warmer and the days longer. Many modern family dogs spend a lot of time indoors, which messes up this natural routine and causes random bouts of year round shedding.

Shedding Busters!

We can stop the hair from taking over the house by doing some very simple things. A change in diet can be very beneficial to reducing the shedding problem; the skin needs oils to keep the hair follicles healthy, otherwise the hair will become brittle and fall out. Feeds that are free of wheat gluten, beef and dairy products are preferable because these ingredients are known to contribute to excessive shedding caused by allergies.¬†We recommend More, Symply and Canagan because they contain none of those pesky ingredients, but do include a high meat content and good quality animal fats (or sunflower oil, in the case of Symply) for the much needed fatty acids and Omegas 3 and 6 to keep those hair follicles and coat nice and healthy. Good quality grooming tools also make a world of difference. I absolutely swear by my Furminator (see this past Furminator blog). It’s an amazing piece of equipment and with very little effort (you only have to lightly brush the coat) Regular treatment for fleas might not be the most obvious thought when reducing the shedding problem, but dogs that scratch will send loose hair flying around all over the place. Keeping on top of your flea routine with Frontline or Bob Martin spot-on will help to stop unwanted scratching!