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How to stay sane when your dog keeps shedding?

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Picture this: golden sunlight casting a mesmerizing glow on the twirling tufts of hair in the air. Your once-immaculate couch has transformed into a fluffy paradise, no matter how many times you wage war with your vacuum cleaner. And let’s not even talk about those freshly washed pants that still rock that doggie glitter. Sound all too relatable? If you’re the proud parent of a fur baby, especially one with luxurious long hair, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself knee-deep in these hairy situations. But fear not, fellow dog lovers, because we’re about to unveil the secrets of shedding dogs and how to maintain a hair-free sanctuary. Get ready to discover the “hairy” truth behind why and when dogs shed, and uncover a treasure trove of tips to keep your humble abode pristine. So, grab your lint roller and prepare to dive into the captivating world of moulting and shedding dogs. Let’s get started!

You’ve probably heard the terms moulting or shedding before, but let’s break it down. When our furry friends moult or shed, it means they naturally shed hair from their fur. This process helps maintain a healthy balance of oils on their coat. Traditionally, dogs had specific shedding periods in preparation for summer and winter, adjusting their fur to match the changing weather. However, our modern pups face challenges in reading these cues due to our temperature-controlled indoor lifestyles. But fear not, for their ancestral instincts remain intact.

While our pets may struggle with seasonal shedding cues, temperature variations between indoor and outdoor environments provide more frequent triggers for coat adjustments. So, the shedding season becomes a year-round affair. During winter, central heating cranks up, while summer sees the air conditioning take the stage. These fluctuations in temperature encourage our furry friends to adapt their fur thickness accordingly.

Ever wondered if your dog’s shedding is normal? We’ve all stared in disbelief at the colossal hairballs after a thorough vacuuming session. But here’s the scoop: the amount of shedding depends on various factors. Your dog’s breed, diet, age, gender, stress levels, hormone balance, and hair type (double coat or single coat) all play a role in their furry style. However, if you notice any abnormal changes in shedding patterns, unexplained bald spots, or irritated skin, it’s always wise to reach out to the vet.

Excessive shedding, meaning a sudden change in shedding volumes and more fur leaving your pooch, might indicate an underlying issue. Then it’s best to consult with your vet to identify the cause. Watch out for signs such as persistent itching, dandruff, or flaky skin, as they may signal a different hair loss condition. Possible causes include parasites, hormonal imbalances, allergies, overgrooming, and bacterial or fungal infections. Your vet will provide expert guidance and prescribe suitable medications or creams to address the problem. Remember, while some conditions can be treated, allergies may require ongoing management rather than a complete cure.

Let’s clear up the confusion surrounding double coats and single coats. A double-coated dog boasts two layers of fur: a dense undercoat and a luxurious outer coat. The undercoat typically consists of shorter hairs, while the outer coat feels plush and lavish. In contrast, single-coated dogs have only one layer of hair without an undercoat. However, keep in mind that long-haired dogs may not necessarily have double coats, and short-haired dogs may surprise you with double-layered locks. But don’t worry, we’ll dive deeper into fur types in a future blog post.

Glancing around our apartment, it’s mainly Eva’s and my hair adorning the light tiles. I’m amazed my husband hasn’t gone crazy with our long strands decorating the floor. Shedding is a natural part of any healthy dog’s life—except for our hairless pals, of course. Some dogs shed copious amounts, while others shed more sparingly. For those of us who seek solace in a hair-free domain, here are some tips to limit those flying furballs:

  • Regular bushing
    • Brushing helps remove loose hairs and soothes your pup’s itchy sensation. The right brush spreads essential oils from their skin to their fur. Depending on your dog’s shedding intensity and hair length, brushing can range from daily to weekly. Eva likes it when we use a slicker brush.
  • Keeping your dog clean
    • Occasional showers or using a damp towel can help maintain your dog’s coat. Remember, dogs don’t need as many showers as humans, and opt for natural dog shampoos if you do decide to make the plunge. After bathing, ensure thorough drying to prevent bacterial and fungal growth. Especially get in between their toes and armpits.
Tips to limit dog hair in the home
  • Vacuum daily
    • I know, it sounds like an endless chore, but hear me out. We’ve got a trusty robot vacuum, lovingly named Dobby, who whizzes around the house daily. It makes a remarkable difference, picking up most of the hair without you lifting a finger—well, just one finger to operate it via the app.
  • Ensure your dog gets the right vitamins, minerals, and probiotics.
    • Providing your dog with the right vitamins, minerals, and probiotics, like Omega 3 and 6, can influence their skin oils and minimize random hair loss. Additionally, watch out for any food-related allergies that may trigger excessive shedding.
  • Embrace the Shedding
    • Just like us, our dogs lose hair—it’s a natural part of their lives. As long as it’s within the normal range, embrace it. Shedding helps maintain the appropriate coat thickness and distributes skin oils. So, unless you notice any abnormal signs, rest assured that shedding is your pup’s way of staying fabulous. While it can be frustrating to watch hair twirl through the air, one look at your furry companion will make it all worthwhile. So, let your hair down and cherish the transient dog glitter—it’ll be missed once it’s gone!

As we conclude this hairy adventure into the world of dog shedding, remember that shedding is a natural phenomenon for our beloved furry companions. It may require a little extra effort to maintain a hair-free home, but the unconditional love and joy our dogs bring make it all worthwhile. So, embrace the twirling hair, the fluffy paradise on your couch, and the occasional doggie glitter on your clothes. And when in doubt, reach out to your trusted veterinarian for guidance and support. Keep loving your furry friends, keep embracing the fur-ocious fluff, and keep shining in this delightful journey of dog parenthood.

Let’s normalize shedding and revel in the shared experiences of pet parents. We’d love to hear your funny, hair-related stories that bring us all together in laughter. After all, what better way to navigate the hairy adventures than with a community of fellow dog lovers? So, drop your tales in the comments and let’s celebrate the fabulous fur that makes our lives a little more interesting!

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