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Reasons behind shedding
Shedding happens to all dogs – you may find hair in your kids' toys, in your food or on your couches and chairs. Although there is no way to completely stop a dog from shedding, there are certain steps you can take to limit how much gets trapped in your home. Start with a weekly brushing regimen using pet products like the FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs.
It may also be helpful to figure out how much your dog sheds. This can be determined by understanding certain characteristics that coincide with shedding. First, you need to address your dog's coat. If your dog is a big, furry breed like a German shepherd or a Husky, it most likely has an undercoat. This second coat helps keep them warm in the winter, but also means more shedding once the warmer temperatures arrive. You should also figure out if your dog's hair is curly and wavy, wire-haired or straight. Lastly, figure out if the dog has short, medium or long fur.
Aside from understanding your dog's unique makeup, it's important to understand other outside factors that can play into how much the animal will shed. Sunlight and temperature can influence shedding and the recent onset of daylight savings may trigger the issue even more. Longer days start to spark the growth of a new coat, and in return, the shedding of the old coat. Northern breeds like the Husky typically shed just once, while other breeds tend to shed twice a year.
Health is another factor that can determine how much a pooch sheds. Healthy dogs do not typically shed as much as unhealthy dogs, so if you notice your pup is shedding much more than usual, you may want to bring it to the vet. Sometimes the vet will find that a dog is suffering from a parasite infestation, as these critters deprive the dog of the nutrients that would normally go toward taking care of the skin and coat. If this is the case, the vet will likely have to deworm the dog and start it on monthly heartworm and flea and tick preventative pet drugs like Revolution or Pet Armor. In other cases, the dog may be experiencing a bacterial
infection or another issue that may cause a high fever. Fevers damage the skin and hair follicles. It may be helpful to start the dog on antibiotics and a daily multivitamin such as Pet-Tabs.
Other issues that can affect shedding include changes in hormones, switching the dog to a new pet food, the dog developing certain allergies or conditions like separation anxiety.