July 19, 2008

Animals shed to get rid of old, damaged, or extra hair. They normally grow a heavy coat in the winter to help insulate themselves and then shed the extra hair in the summer. However, dogs will also shed broken or damaged hair, and if their skin is irritated from conditions such as allergies, they will also shed excessively. Read these tips for keeping your dog’s skin and hair healthy to reduce shedding as well as effectively removing the hair.

STEP 1) Bathe your dog regularly. Try using a gentle oatmeal shampoo. A clean dog means a healthier coat, which means less shedding.
STEP 2) Brush your pet! Slicker brushes and blades are specific made for the types of coats that shed excessively.  Use a tool like the furminator to get rid of that dead undercoat.
STEP 3) Try giving your dog vitamins to keep thier coat healthy and strong. A stronger fur means less scratching, less thinning, less shedding.
STEP 4) If your pet is scratching because of tics and fleas, you will notice a lot more hair around the house. keep it under control with supplements like vita caps and biotin. Always have your pet wear a collar as well.
STEP 5) Pay attention to your dog’s diet. table food is the worst thing you can do for their shedding and health. I am not talking about a cut up chicken breast but some people, all they give them is table food. Not good. Dogs do not need fat from steak or pork chops or ribs.
STEP 6)  Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet’ s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a high quality food with good digestible protein sources

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