5 Tips to Help You Manage a Shedding Dog
Most dog owners know how much it means to have a healthy, shiny and clean coat on their dog. Not only is it better for the dog, it also lessens the amount of housekeeping required because of shedding. Jet Pet Resort sees thousands of dogs each year, we have seen every type of coat and we have cleaned up after many a shedder. With that experience, here are 5 quick tips to help you with your shedding dog.
5. Get A Good Vacuum
Only after replacing their vacuums several times, many pet owners discover that it would have been cheaper to get a better vacuum right from the beginning. No matter what you do your dog is going to shed. With that in mind, invest in a good vacuum. Make sure that the vacuum you choose will stand-up to heavy dog hair pickup, will make the process easy, and won’t be more than a work than it need be.
4. Have A Talk With Your Veterinarian
Allergies with your dog can display themselves in a number of ways and often as skin irritations. Keep up with regular vet checkups to help keep you aware of any underlying issues your pet may be experiencing that could contribute to any shedding issues.
3. Watch Your Dogs Diet
If your dog is eating a food with corn, wheat, soy or byproducts, it’s likely that some of the excess fur on your dog is due to diet. Consider changing the diet to a protein rich diet (protein is the first ingredient) vs. a grain diet. With this premium food diet you should see an improvement in the coat and you will actually feed less too! So the cost is offset. You may also want to look into a raw food diet.
2. Increase Your Dogs Omega Intake
Many dog foods claim to supplement their formulas with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, but the amount is usually not enough to do any good. Omega-3 and Omega-6 can really improve your dog’s skin and coat. High quality fish oils and premium canine skin supplements should contain a combination of both Omega-3’s and 6’s. Most dogs find these very tasteful and you should start to see a difference in as little as a month.
1. Brushing Is Key
Make this a regular occurrence with your pup. The earlier you start, the more likely your dog will get used to being brushed and accept it as normal. The amount of loose hair that you will comb-out and the massage of the brush really help the coat and fur stay healthy. This results in less time at the groomer and the vet. The frequency is dependent on how much hair your dog actually has. Remember, dog grooming is also a bonding experience with your dog. Make a special time for it and it can be a therapeutic time for both of you!
There you go! Five easy to change tips to help you manage your dog’s shedding and to get your dog’s coat looking better than ever before. And remember, no matter how your dog’s fur is today, we can always make him or her look like a million bucks after a trip to our spa. Whether you want to treat your dog to a bath, a massage, or even the works with a full groom, we can handle it! It’s the perfect way to pick your dog up after their stay with us. Check out the Jet Pet Resort Spa menu.