“Ah…Fur-Get About It…..” Why Does My Dog Shed So Darn Much?

by admin on June 14, 2011

Fur-Get-Me-Knots….Fur-The-Love-Of…..

You can see that I  get totally carried away here.  Fur is the topic. Dog shedding to be more specific. So, “Why Does My Dog Shed So Darn Much?” It’s driving me crazy!

I’ve used the “special” brushes, combs, shampoos, premium dog foods, supplements. And still NO HELP in sight.  OK, Sally, let’s calm down here, I say to myself.  All the above actually do help to reduce shedding.  Let’s look at the facts and set some expectations from the start.

Shedding is natural.  Sorry, but this reporter has to let you know that dogs shed and that’s not going to change. In fact, all dogs shed. Yup, that’s correct. Even your Poodles shed. Not like the Labradors. But all dogs shed. The only dogs that don’t shed are hairless dogs and I’ve never met an owner of a hairless dog.  We mentioned the poodle.  I like to think of that breed as a “shed light” breed.  Their hair texture is just different than pugs or terriers, but all dogs shed.

Now that we’ve established that all dogs shed to some degree, let’s add another piece to the puzzle. When seasons change, dogs coats also change.  Shedding is a continuous process.  Thank you Mother Nature. Really, thank you!  It’s a hassle, granted. I know, I deal with dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming all on a daily basis. If I could just figure out what I could do with all that hair, I would be a gabillionaire.

What can help us out with dogs and their shedding?  Good question!

Here’s a list of 7 tips I’ve compile for you:

1. Groomi your dog regularly. You can do it yourself is, but a professional will know how to cut, shave, trim your down down and give him a good brushing.

2. Brush or comb your companions regularly- maybe on a daily basis. It’s a great way to bond with your dog and establish a ritual for your time together.

3. Too much sun worshipping makes a dog shed more. So be sure to monitor and appropriately regulate the amount of time your dog spends in the sun.

4. Feed your dog a good premium dog food. Don’t skimp here. Really do your research on this one.

5. Get Trixie on a regular exercise program. Do your best to maintain a healthy weight level for your dog. Healthy dogs make healthy dog coats.

6.There are a ton of products out there that can assist you in your shedding dilemmas. Ask your vet or groomer for good recommendations.

7. If your dog is loosing hair or even has thinning hair, make a call to your vet and get their opinion.  Check for ringworm or skin irritations.  Even stress can cause hair loss.

Well, what have we all learned here? “Fur-Pete-Sake”…dogs are gonna shed. Shedding can be manageable. You have a ton of resources to help you out: me, your vet, your groomers, and the Internet!!

While I will be trying to find out how to make additional cash from selling dog hair, I do hope you found this blog post of interest.  Zip me a comment. Oh, and on your way out, please click the “Like” Button up top to let me know you enjoyed this post.

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Prue August 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Leraning a ton from these neat articles.

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LOREN October 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Yes indeed my dog sheds….LOL
However, Yorkies and Silky Terriers shed less due to having hair not fur like most other dogs. This is why they are best for people who suffer from allergies.
Take care,

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admin October 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

You can add poodles Loren to the mix too. But all dogs shed. Folks think they don’t, but they all do. Granted Winston the pug is a MAJOR SHEDDER, Zoe our poodle, not so much. You nailed it with the allergies too. You are up on your dogs my friend.

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Daniel March 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm

A million thkans for posting this information.

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admin March 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hi Daniel! Glad you enjoyed this blog topic. Thank you for your comment. I look forward to seeing you here again.

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Betty October 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I use Omega 3 oil caps and it really helps A LOT>

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admin October 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

That works too Betty!! You are up on your holistic cures, that’s a given!

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Rachael Chadwick May 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

I give my Border Terriers a weekly Evening Primrose capsule and they are on a dry, complete diet made with salmon and brown rice. Also I keep them well-groomed and clipped and stripped. Their coats are great quality but they still shed with the seasons. Life without dog hair is just not an option and it’s a small price to pay for the joy they bring!

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admin May 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Rachael, always great to see you here! I think the diet and the Primose capsules are brilliant! I shave our pug down due to his long hair and shedding. Shedding is just part of being a dog owner with some of our babies. The hotter the months go the more you will see shedding, which you already know! You are such a great dog owner and it’s wonderful to hear all the things that you provide to your Terriers. I love that breed. They’re so smart! LOL to your comment about life without dog hair is not an option. And YES it’s such a small price to pay, with all the love we get in return.
Sending you hugs and licks from our home to yours. Cheers!

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