Most dogs shed hair, particularly at the change of season, and while having excess dog hair all over your home can be a little annoying for dog owners, having loose hair is irritating to your pet.
Because we love our fur babies, we want to see them fit, healthy and happy. Regular grooming is part of that, and while taking them to the groomer can be a wonderful experience, they need daily grooming during certain seasons.
What Does De-Shedding Do?
Whether your dog has a top coat and an undercoat or is just trying to take off their excess winter fur, deshedding is the way that you can help remove the excess fur. Not only does this reduce the amount of fur that ends up throughout your house, but helps our dogs to feel so much more comfortable.
In order to do this effectively, you will need to have a good grooming brush that will effectively remove the loose hair, without ripping out hair that is actually still attached. You do not want to create bald spots with over-vigorous brushing!
If your dog does not have an undercoat or has particularly sensitive skin, you should seek the advice of your professional groomer or vet about what tools and products are suitable for you to use at home.
If your dog has started shedding hair excessively for no apparent reason you should take your pet to the vet. While a sudden heatwave may certainly cause excessive hair shedding, there may also be an underlying skin condition, infection or parasite that is causing your animal to have this reaction.
Does Washing Help?
Yes! While basic grooming can, and should, be undertaking daily, you only need to wash your dog about once a month. Of course, you can send them along to the groomers, but for most people, it is just as easy, and fun, to do so at home.
Using a specially designed deshedding dog shampoo can aid with removing excess hair and ensure that your dog has a healthy coat.
Make sure that you use a shampoo that is specifically designed for your pet. Dogs and cats should have a different shampoo, and even the active ingredients will vary in quantities for shampoos designed for small breeds compared to large breeds.
What Should You Look For In A Shampoo?
Your fur baby has surprisingly sensitive skin – and just like humans, some have allergies to certain ingredients. However, a suitable shampoo will ensure that your puppy’s skin is nourished while its coat is cleaned. You can check this site for more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23432432
The ingredients that you use on your dog are important. Medical shampoos from your vet can help with a range of skin conditions and can contain antimicrobial ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and chlorhexidine.
However, your at-home shampoo should be full of ingredients that nourish your dogs’ skin, creating a healthy coat, while at the same time helping to loosen the undercoat and assist you to de-shed excess hair.
Natural Shampoo Ingredients That Help
When you are lathering the shampoo through your dog’s coat you want to make sure that you are massaging the skin and helping to loosen the undercoat There is a range of natural ingredients that can be used alongside cleaning chemicals to promote a healthy coat in your dog.
Some of the commercially available shampoos claim to be able to slow hair growth, which is obviously going to be a benefit when you are trying to reduce the amount of hair your canine friend is shedding.
Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
These help to soothe and rehydrate skin. Fatty Acids are particularly good to nourish the dog’s skin and can help treat or at least provide relief, from flaky skin.
This has healing properties that help with eczema and combined with antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties also help to soothe irritations
This is a well-known moisturizer and has a long history of being used to treat dry skin, as well as itchy skin.
Another ingredient is known to be anti-inflammatory with properties that help to relieve eczema irritation and generally soothe skin.
This common succulent has long been recognized for its ability to help heal burns and dry skin. It is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins A and C. Dog owners often have a concern about Aloe Vera as recent reports about the toxicity of Aloe Vera to canines have surfaced. The commercial extracted product is safe for dogs.
In truth, the gel-like substance inside the Aloe plant is actually ok for dogs and beneficial to dogs and humans alike. However, when a leaf of the Aloe is broken to release the gel, there is also a white foaming substance released, this is the ingredient that is highly toxic to animals.
Shampoo Ingredients To Avoid
While you shouldn’t find any of these in dog shampoo, they can be common in human shampoos, so please be aware that these common essential oils can be toxic to dogs.
Tea Tree Oil
A really common ingredient to be added for its ability to treat human skin conditions and kill fleas. While not normally a concern at the very low levels used in commercial varieties of dog shampoo, using a shampoo not designed for dogs, or creating your own, can lead to an overdose.
Tea Tree Oil can cause paralysis, vomiting, hypothermia or loss of coordination. If this occurs, seek vet attention immediately.
Known for its ability to kill fleas and parasites, it is unfortunately highly toxic to both humans and dogs. It may cause liver failure, and will generally result in a dog becoming sick, with bloody vomit and diarrhea.
Oil of Wintergreen
This is used as a pain reliever for muscle aches, so less likely to be included in dog shampoo, but may appear in a natural muscle rub. At worst this can cause renal and liver failure, at best vomiting and ulcers.
Popular as a disinfectant and for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. In dogs this can cause bloody vomit, drooling, loss of coordination.
How to Stop a Dog from Shedding
What home remedy can I give my dog for shedding?
- Maintain a Healthy Diet
- Grooming a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Filter your Air
- Change your Shampoo
- Cloth your Pet
- Slipcovers around the Home and Car
- Deshedding Tools
- Do Golden Retrievers Shed?
For more great tips on treatments, check out our articles on:
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Do They Shed?
- Dog Grooming Tips Every Human Must Know
- Keeping Your Dog Well Groomed
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