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5 Simple Ways to Reduce Dog Shedding

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mobile-dog-grroming-san-diegoIt's that time of year again! As the weather warms up, the coats come off. And that includes dog coats. During the shedding season, your dog will probably be dropping hair more excessively than normal and we don't blame you if that drives you crazy! Everywhere you look there is hair on your hardwood floors, on your furniture, and all over your clothes. So what exactly are you supposed to do to keep the dog shedding to a minimum? In this post, we will take a look at the top five tips you can use to control dog shedding and keep your home cleaner.

  1. Brush Your Pup on The Regular: Brushing your dog's coat is one of the best and simplest things you can do to control their shedding. If possible, try to brush your extra furry friend on a daily basis. Doing this will ensure that they maintain a cleaner, softer coat that will be less likely to shed heavily in clumps. 
  2. Make Sure You Are Using The Right Brush: Following up on the previous point, to really keep shedding to a minimum, it is important that you use the right kind of brush. Many dogs need a couple different types of brushes to completely get rid of dead hair on their coat. Also, the type of brushes you use will depend on your dog's breed because different breeds mean different kinds of fur. 
  3. Give Your Dog a Bath: A cleaner coat means less shedding - because lots of loose and 'about to become loose' fur will come off with the scrubbing action of the bath and again during blow drying -- if you blow dry. And a cleaner coat is of course a nice bonus! You can use a soothing oatmeal shampoo or other animal-safe bath product to give your dog a silky, smooth coat and a temporary reduction in shedding. And if you don't have time to bathe your dog or you find that you have difficulty doing it yourself, consider taking your furry friend to the professional groomers so they can do everything possible to reduce shedding. 
  4. Make Sure Your Dog Has a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition affects the quality and health of your dog's coat, the same way poor nutrition affects our own human bodies. When your dog is eating healthy foods that are nutrient-rich, he or she will be far more likely to maintain a strong, healthy coat that will do a lot less shedding. Make sure your dog is getting foods that are packed with great, digestible protein. If you are stumped on the best foods for your dog, talk to your veterinarian or another animal professional who will be able to recommend the best food sources for your pet.
  5. Keep Fleas And Allergies in Check: If your dog is constantly scratching or acting strangely, it is a pretty good indication that they are suffering from allergies or another condition that should get checked out right away. And all of that scratching is causing unnecessary shedding that could be prevented. Make sure your dog is both regularly groomed and taken to the veterinarian to keep fleas away and their allergies in check. When your pup isn't suffering from fleas or allergies, they will do a whole lot less scratching and you will do a lot less cleaning up of their dog hair. It's a win for everyone! 

Looking for more information on ways to control dog shedding? Or do you have any other pet grooming related questions? Don't hesitate to contact us today! Our team of pet grooming professionals is dedicated to helping your lovable furry friend live the healthiest, happiest life possible. We would love to show you our extensive list of pet care services!

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