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Help! My Dog is Shedding—What Should I Do?

By Samantha Johnson on Mar. 7, 2017

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 Is your dog shedding? If so, it happens. 

If there’s one thing we know about dogs, it’s that they tend to shed. The volume of shedding can vary based on a range of factors, including the time of year and whether the dog is shorthaired (think Whippet) or longhaired (think Old English Sheepdog), but shedding is one of those fundamental aspects of life with dogs, along with barking, walks and frenzies over food.

Just because dogs shed doesn’t mean that you can’t try to do something to control the situation. Here's our 3-step dog shedding solution that will help combat the loose hair and keep your home (almost) fur-free*: 

Step 1: Brush, brush, brush

This seems obvious, but it’s really the cornerstone of dog shed control: keep your dog groomed. If you can remove the loose hair before it floats through your home and congregates in the corners, you’ll minimize the amount of time that you’ll spend on Step 2.

A variety of dog brushes will help to achieve your goal (like slicker brushes and pin brushes), but you may also want to supplement with other dog grooming products designed to aid with shed control. These could include shed control cloths, hair rollers, and other deshedding tools.

Bathing is another proven option, although a dog’s individual needs will vary with regard to appropriate bath frequency. (If you’re unsure of how often you should bathe your dog, consult your veterinarian.) (Look for bathing supplies like shampoos or conditioners that are effective at minimizing shedding.)

Step 2: Clean, clean, clean

Despite all of the 21st century innovations in technology, shed control still requires a certain amount of good old-fashioned elbow grease. That’s why frequent sweeping and vacuuming still rank among the most effective options for keeping dog hair at bay. It’s hard to improve on the results of a good vacuuming job, but don’t overlook other handy cleaning tools, like mops, lint rollers, and dryer sheets, that can also help you wage war on loose dog hair in your home. Or try the super-easy method of slipping on a pair of rubber gloves and rubbing your hands over upholstered furniture or even rugs and carpeting. It’s a convenient way to collect loose dog hair, and doesn’t take much time, either.

Step 3: Protect your furniture

Trying to keep your dog off of the furniture is one way to minimize the presence of dog hair on your upholstery, but if you’d rather not ban your pup from relaxing in comfort in his favorite place, why not opt for dog furniture protection instead? Not only will you protect your furniture from dozens (hundreds?) of loose dog hairs, you’ll also prevent scratches and stains. Some types of furniture covers are even machine washable, which means that when dog hair starts to build up, you’ll simply give the cover a quick wash and let the washing machine do the work for you.

What are your favorite dog shedding solutions? How do you deal with dog hair in your home?

*Regular and/or seasonal shedding is normal. If the amount of shedding increases substantially or becomes excessive—especially if it’s combined with bald spots or patches—have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian to rule out any possible health problems.

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by jean m ward
‎08-24-2016 08:50 PM

My 12lb Che-J. Russel has been sheding constantly sence  I bought her at 4months old.

Now 17 months old.  He shakes her fur a lot of times.  

Short dry hair is everywhere and in my throat a lot.  

Im a Senior on a fixed income, can not afford brushes & supplys,

I can run my hand through her hair and it falls out emensley. 

Bathing does nothing.

She seems healthy otherwise.  What can I do?

 

Jean Ward

My 12lb Che-J. Russel has been sheding constantly sence  I bought her at 4months old.

Now 17 months old.  He shakes her fur a lot of times.  

Short dry hair is everywhere and in my throat a lot.  

Im a Senior on a fixed income, can not afford brushes & supplys,

I can run my hand through her hair and it falls out emensley. 

Bathing does nothing.

She seems healthy otherwise.  What can I do?

 

Jean Ward

Posted on Aug. 24, 2016
by Cheesefluff
‎08-25-2016 05:54 PM

We have two bunnies at my house and one of them sheds a tonSmiley Very Happy But the other one not as much. It all depends on the animal and the breed of petSmiley Happy

We have two bunnies at my house and one of them sheds a tonSmiley Very Happy But the other one not as much. It all depends on the animal and the breed of petSmiley Happy

Posted on Aug. 25, 2016
by Community Manager
‎09-06-2016 11:31 AM

Hi Jean Ward. Thank you for your question, as a cat parent myself I can say that brushing is the best thing you can do to prevent shedding. I know you said purchasing supplies is tough for you, but I recommend you check out this great brush: KONG Cat Zoom Groom Brush (it's currently on sale!) I use it on my long-haired cat and it works wonders to remove lots of excessive fur. I try to brush her everyday if not, definitely every other day. Good luck!

Alex Cat Very Happy

Hi Jean Ward. Thank you for your question, as a cat parent myself I can say that brushing is the best thing you can do to prevent shedding. I know you said purchasing supplies is tough for you, but I recommend you check out this great brush: KONG Cat Zoom Groom Brush (it's currently on sale!) I use it on my long-haired cat and it works wonders to remove lots of excessive fur. I try to brush her everyday if not, definitely every other day. Good luck!

Alex Cat Very Happy

Posted on Sep. 6, 2016
by Nadine
‎06-02-2017 11:32 AM

We recommend the Paws Pamper Undercoat Rake if you have a thick, longer haired double coat breed like shepherds, huskies, goldens, Keeshonds, Newfies, etc., it works amazing! Combined with a slicker brush, you will see a dramatic decrease in shedding, our clients love the results and the dogs enjoy the massage!

We recommend the Paws Pamper Undercoat Rake if you have a thick, longer haired double coat breed like shepherds, huskies, goldens, Keeshonds, Newfies, etc., it works amazing! Combined with a slicker brush, you will see a dramatic decrease in shedding, our clients love the results and the dogs enjoy the massage!

Posted on Jun. 2, 2017
by BeatriceCostill
‎09-20-2017 10:44 PM

Thanks for the tips!!

Thanks for the tips!!

Posted on Sep. 20, 2017
About the Author
  • Samantha writes about the happy things in life—pets, home, family, food, and gardening—and thinks Mondays are the most wonderful day of the week. She is the author of ten books and shares her home with Peaches, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi; Toppy, a Holland Lop rabbit; and Maureen O'Hare-a, a Mini Rex rabbit.
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