How To Reduce Shedding

Shedding, the way in which animals lose their old or damaged hair, is a natural process for our furry friends. Although shedding is normal for dogs, the amount they shed often depends on their grooming, health and breed. Although it is impossible to completely stop a dog from shedding, there are ways to reduce it. During the winter months dogs tend to shed less as they retain their coats for the cold months ahead. However, during the summer dogs tend to shed a lot more hair as they adjust to warmer temperatures. Here we discuss how to reduce your pets shedding during summer and throughout the year.

Brushing Your Dogs Coat

Brushing your dogs coat is one way to reduce the amount of hair that your dog will shed. It has numerous benefits:

  • Promotes a silky, shiny coat.
  • Promotes good blood circulation.
  • Stimulates the skin, producing natural oils to permeate through the skin and coat.
  • Acts as bonding time, allowing you to nurture your relationship with your dog.
  • Allows you to check up on your dog, seeing if they have picked up anything unwanted i.e. fleas, ticks, lumps, rashes, etc.
How To Brush Your Dogs Coat:
  • Select the correct brush for your dogs coat type and always brush your dogs hair gently.  
  • Move the brush movements around your pets body, to avoid brush burn. Yours pets skin is quite delicate.
  • Always brush in the direction the hair grows. Brushing against the hair growth will cause irritation.
  • If you come across any matted hair in the coat, detangle them. A mat splitter is useful to release very knotted hair. Do not attempt to brush matted hair as this can damage the skin. At Petworld we offer a range of detangling products, you can check them out by clicking here.
Washing Your Dog
  •  Always brush your dog fully before washing. Try to remove as much dead, loose and matted hair as possible.
    •  Matted hair holds water. Hence it can be a nightmare to remove while wet and can leave your pet with sore irritated skin.
  • Use lukewarm water and test water temperature with elbow prior to bathing.
  • Use a dog shampoo suitable for your dog, i.e. puppy shampoo.
  • Use a calm voice to reassure your pet if bath time proves challenging.
  • Post wash, towel dry your dog. For long haired dogs, use a hairdryer to dry the hair (this is when the matts start to form!)
  • Reward your dog with a tasty treat, so that they are compensated for their good behaviour. 
How Often Should I Wash My Dog?

Most dogs should be wash once every 3 months however if your dog falls into any of the following categories, follow the relevant instruction.

  • Oily Coats (i.e. Terrier, Cocker Spaniel): Wash them once a month.  
    • If the coat is extremely oily, wash them in an oatmeal shampoo.  
    • If the skin is irritated from being too oily, using a medicated shampoo such as Malaseb shampoo.
  • Water Resistant Coat (i.e. Poodle, Golden Retriever): Bathe them less often (once every 4-5 months) to save their natural oil.
  • Short Haired Coat (i.e. Labrador, Beagle): Once every 6 months.
  • Thick Coat (i.e. Samoyed, Malamute): Don’t need many baths but definitely need regular, daily brushing. 

There are so many products on the market at the moment that it can be hard to find the right one for your pet. How do we decide which ones are best? How do we know which ones our most effective? 

At Petworld, we recognise this struggle. That’s why we have compiled a list of some of our top products for grooming. Check them out below!

Petworld Recommended Products:
  • The Bob Martin Range includes flea and tick treatments for dogs of all sizes.
  • Soa+ Itch Be Gone Soap is a great bar of soap for soothing the skin and managing a range of sores including tick, flea, mite and bug bites, ring worm, eczema, psoriasis, hot spots and sweet itch.
  • Dog Xcel Oil is an oil with Omega 3 as its main ingredient. The Omega 3 helps to maintain a healthy skin and coat and brings shine back to a dull and lifeless coat. It also supports a strong and healthy immune system, as well as promoting joint mobility. 
  • Irish Kelp is a food supplement. It is a blend of three seaweeds, harvested off the west coast of Ireland. Its purpose is to boost the skin and coat condition, maintain glucose levels and promote a healthy immune system.
  • Oculus Prime is another 100% natural product that can be used to reduce weeping eyes in dogs. 

If you want to learn more about shedding and grooming, call into your local Petworld Store where our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer your questions.