July 11, 2008


If your dog is shedding and you want to control the shedding even to a lesser amount there are a few things you need to consider.

Look at what you are feeding your dog. Is the food good and nutritious? Does it have a lot of fillers? Is there a good amount of fat content in the food? Your dog’s food should not have a lot of fillers like corn or wheat as a primary ingredient. Also if you read “meal” as one of the main ingredients you may also be wondering how full of actual good items the food actually is. Your dog should also have fat in the food. Contrary to what we consume, dogs need fat in their diet to maintain a healthy coat of hair and keep their glands producing oils their coat needs.

Does your dog stay inside mostly and go outside only for potty breaks or is he outside a lot? The more he is in and out in an artificial climate will keep your dog guessing whether the temperature is getting colder or warmer.

Let us face it, all dogs shed to some degree and many are known to shed very heavy. If you have one of those types of dogs and your friends are horrified to come to your house do not worry you can use products on the market also to reduce the amount of hair Fido is losing.

One of the greatest tools on the market today is the furminator, which helps to reduce the shedding up to 90 percent, be removing the loose, dead undercoat without damaging the topcoat.

Grooming can be a bonding time with your dog and should be done at least once a week. The more often your dog does it the less excess hair you will see in your house and your dog will look better as well.

Try to allow 15 minutes to thoroughly groom your dog but you can do a quick groom in as little as 60 seconds a day.

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