Shedding is normal for dogs, but there are some dogs who shed excessively. The hair can get all over the place, and can sometimes be a nuisance.
Let’s talk about why this happens and what you can do about it as a loving parent:
Why your dog sheds
When dogs shed, the old coat falls off and a new coat grows back. Some dog breeds shed more than others and have double coats with short life spans, such as huskies and Pomeranians. Others don’t shed as often because their coats live longer, like Yorkies.
Your dog generally sheds during the spring and fall, so their coats are lighter for the warmer weather. Then, they shed before winter to regrow a thicker coat for the cold, harsh weather.
Dogs also shed more as they age, since the lifespan of hair shortens with time. Stress may be another factor causing increased shedding, and pups may shed more in stressful environments than usual.
In some cases, excessive shedding may be a result of medical issues such as hormone imbalances or allergies. This is why it’s important to have regular checkups with your vet.
Getting your dog’s shedding under control
The easiest way to deal with excessive shedding is to groom your dog more regularly. There are specially designed “furminators” which contain shedding blades that help to remove excess fur.
Oatmeal shampoo can also be a great help during baths to maintain healthy skin and support your dog’s fur. Consult your vet about fish oil supplements that also support your dog’s coat and overall health.