The shedding of a dog’s coat is probably the number one nuisance for most pet parents. The hair gets everywhere. If you are tired of constantly picking up your pet’s hair, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the amount of shedding. Regular brushing is the most recommended method as it will help to pull out loose hair, prevent matting, and leave your dog’s coat softer and cleaner. Make sure to use the right brush for your dog’s coat. A groomer will be able to advise you on the best one(s) for your dog. During the warmer months, bathe your dog every 2 to 4 weeks using a high quality oatmeal shampoo to promote a healthy coat and skin. And for those pet parents needing a bit more help with deshedding, a Furminator treatment works wonders. This process includes using the Furminator brand of shampoo, conditioner, and deshedding tools along with specialized deshedding techniques to stop up to 90% of shedding for a period of 4-6 weeks. Many of our clients take advantage of this treatment.
If you have a double-coated dog, you may be tempted to shave the coat to keep them cool. Please do not do this. A double-coated dog will shed his undercoat (bottom layer) and leave the guard hairs (top layer), which naturally cool off your dog. When you shave the double coat, you cause the undercoat to regrow at a pace that is faster than the guard hairs. With the undercoat becoming the outer layer, it not only damages and changes your dog’s coat appearance, but more importantly it stops the air from getting to his/her skin and prevents the natural cooling process. The texture of the undercoat absorbs the sun’s rays and contributes to overheating. Please consult with your groomer for the best way to keep your double-coated dog cool while maintaining his or her coat and reducing the shedding.