Shedding, it's Natural! Tips and Tools for Managing Heavy Shedders

Just as you would not stop discourage a guest from removing their winter coat if they were hot in it, you should also not discourage or interfere with your dog’s shedding - regardless of the hair fallout that they leave behind. Dogs know how to self-regulate their bodies’ temperatures and have natural, instinctual methods of cooling down during the hot summer days. These include laying in the shade and staying hydrated, cooling off through panting, and dropping their hot, heavy winter coats.

Help your dog feel comfortable and promote the shedding by brushing their fur thoroughly once a week as soon as the summer days come. You can do this in the backyard or a designated area which will also help you control the fallout and mitigate the aftermath. It is, after all, easier to vacuum one room than every nook and carpet around the house. The shedding process is necessary for your dog to stay not only comfortable but also healthy. Routine grooming is essential for all dogs but is especially important for dogs with thicker coats.

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Brushing dog fur removes the dead fur and prevents it from forming mats which can lead to skin problems. It also prevents your dog from overheating which can sometimes lead to heat stroke. What is defined as heavy shedding will depend on what kind of breed of dog you own. If the shedding is more frequent than usual it could indicate that your dog might have a skin allergy, skin parasites, or is nutrient deficient. If you suspect any of these, it is highly recommended to take your furry family member to the veterinarian for a check-up to rule any medical issues.

In addition to promoting shedding by brushing you should always make sure your dog has a cool, shaded place to relax in and plenty of water during the hot summer days.

If you are not a fan of brushing your dog or you are not sure if you are doing it thoroughly enough, you should consider a professional groomer. Most veterinary clinics offer grooming services and can help you make sure your canine is comfortable and ready for the summer, as well as teach you how to properly brush your dog’s coat. Most pet stores also sell brushes specifically designed for dog hair and can make the process a lot smoother and hassle-free. It is best to familiarize your dog with the grooming ritual from an early age to get them used to it and keep their anxiety at bay when you do brush them in the future. Conclusion As annoying as the hairy mess can sometimes be, owners need to remember that dogs need to naturally have ways to cool off that might not be the most adjusted to your cleaning arrangements or desires. But just as you wouldn’t keep your child dressed in a winter’s coat during the summer, dogs shouldn’t go through that either. Do what you can to make sure your dog is comfortable and safe during the warmer summer weather and it will be surely appreciated by your four-legged bestie. What do you think?

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