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How To Stop Dog Hair Shedding?

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Finding a way how to stop dog hair shedding may be difficult.

Essentially that is because every dog may suffer from a different cause for the hair loss. During the course of this article, I will do my best to explore some of the possible causes of hair loss and solutions on how to stop dog hair shedding.

Why does my dog shed?

Starting we will try to answer this simple question. Truth is excessive shedding can have several causes such as stress, poor nutrition, or medical problems. Sometimes one cause can lead to the next, similar to a chain reaction, so the earlier you can discover the reason why your dog is shedding, the better it is.

The best person to determine whether your dog’s hair loss is part of the normal shedding process or is a symptom of an underlying disorder would be your trusted veterinarian.

fora long time pet food companies have not put enough nutrients into pet food, and have instead filled it with non-nutritional things.

This has changed due to people, especially pet owners, beginning to look into what the food they feed their beloved friends even consists of.

So, this is why, even if it is more expensive, it is always worth it to get your dog or pet in general certified, nutrient-packed food.

If your dog suffers from certain allergies or is sensitive towards a specific ingredient, ask your vet about the best food option for them.

Pleases also keep in mind that even though you have chosen to go a vegetarian or even vegan pass, your dog cannot.

We are omnivores, so eating meat is an option for us. As long as you get the right nutrients from elsewhere, this is all right

However, your dog is a carnivore, so that means they really need their meat and a substitute diet will harm them in the long-term.

I know you love your dog, which is why you are reading this article on how to stop dog hair shedding right now. You want to do what’s best for them, not only for you!

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Love and trust improve your dog’s well-being.

Why do dogs shed?

A dog’s fur helps control their body temperature and protects their skin against the sun and other environmental elements.

If a dog’s hair were to stop growing, they will naturally lose it by shedding.

This is important as it helps them regulate their body temperature and is a routine care process. However, the amount and frequency will depend on several things, including your buddy’s health condition, breed, and the environmental season.

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How much shedding is normal?

This again depends on the environment where you live as well as your dogs breed, provided that there are no medical problems.

Dogs, especially double-coated breeds, typically shed their undercoats during the spring and fall. German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, Beagles, and Border Collies are all classed as heavy-shedding.

So, this is why it might seem like heavy shedding at first, it can be completely normal for some dogs. Remember it can also be the result of an underlying health condition in some cases.

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Bald patches

You know those round hairless spots that will sometimes pop up on your pet?

These are generally referred to as bald patches, and even though they may look a little weird, they aren’t necessarily always a reason to worry. Here are some possible causes for bald patches or excessive hair loss:

  • Problems with the immune system
  • Parasites (fleas, lice or mites)
  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Inhalant or food-related allergies
  • Sunburn
  • Excessive licking or biting to scratch an itch or skin irritation (often self-inflicted)
  • Contact with irritating or caustic substances (even some cleaning detergents)
  • Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease (including Cushing’s)
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Certain medications
  • Cancer

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How can I limit the hair shedding?

One of the best ways how to stop dog hair shedding is to ask a groomer or veterinarian for product recommendations that will work with your dog’s fur-type. Like mentioned above, many breeds will always shed more or less than another and therefore need different products.

If you are concerned that your dog is experiencing hair loss due to a pest infestation, skin condition, stress or medical issue, work with your veterinarian to find the issue and treat it properly. 

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An adorable dog.

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Planning on giving your dog a haircut sometime soon?

Here are some of the NO-NOs and advice from another article I wrote about trimming dog hair at home for beginners. Check it out if you feel like learning more.

DO NOT cut your dogs hair like this:

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  • Never trim the head or tail. Those two places are some of the most sensitive places on their bodies. If you want to get rid of nasty knots or need to downsize their fluffiness a bit, use scissors and a comb. Using a trimmer could seriously hurt your dog, and we don’t want that to happen.
  • Never yell at your dog or turn it into a negative experience for them. For your dog getting a haircut can be seriously stressful at first. Even though it can be maddening sometimes when they run around the house dripping wet or keeping shifting around, please don’t lose your patience. I know you can do this!
  • Don’t cut unwashed dog hair. Bathe them early on in the day so that they have enough time to dry. This allows you to cut dog hair way easier and safer.

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Always go WITH the direction of the hair growth

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Similar to us humans, dogs should get their hair trimmed with the direction of their hair growth. This prevents ingrown hair, irritations and cutting your dog.

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Use comb and scissors

First of all, if you want to trim the area around their eyes, ears or other sensitive parts (including wounds or cuts) simply opt for the old-fashioned style.

Please only start using these tools after you have generally tried to get the knots out before. Usually, bathing them with a good quality shampoo and combing their hair thoroughly should do the trick.

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Thoughts

This was my take on finding a way on how to stop dog hair shedding. I hope this decreases your dogs stress levels and the amount of hair that you clean up at home everyday. Remember to never give up on your dog or yourself. If you want to leave a picture of you and the most amount of dog hair that you have cleaned up in one day so far. Read you next time!

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