Choosing a Pet Brush for Shedding Problems

If your dog has shedding problems, a good quality pet brush is one of the best ways of helping to deal with the issue. Shedding occurs when your pet changes the quality and consistency of his fur, and the older fur and hairs are forced off of his body. This may occur at certain times of year, such as when the temperature or the seasons change, or it may happen in a continuous way. Shedding can be a problem because it often results in increased allergies, not to mention a mess around the house that can be difficult and frustrating to clean up. Read on for a guide on how to choose a pet brush for shedding problems in your dog.

Pet Brushes

Brushes can be very helpful in removing shedding problems. If you use a good pet brush to clean up the hair on your dog before it is able to fall to the ground, you'll find that you can collect this hair and dispose of it in proper ways without having to clean it up off of your floors, carpets and furniture. A good brush will not cause your pet any discomfort or pain and will be effective at eliminating the loose hairs that would otherwise fall to the ground.

Choosing a Pet Brush

When picking a pet brush, look for steel teeth. These will be more stiff and therefore more likely to pick up fur and loose hairs off of your pet's body than plastic or other types of teeth. You should also look for a brush that has the teeth spread out with adequate space in between them. This will help to ensure that your brush can pick up the most hair possible as you brush your dog. Many pets will often find brushes like this to be very comfortable, and other dogs even appreciate the feeling of the teeth rubbing across their skin.

Brushing Your Pet

Just as important as the brush that you choose is the way in which you brush your dog. Get into the habit of brushing your pet for a few minutes every day. This will help to ease his mind and make him as comfortable as possible while you go through with the procedure. Always be as gently as you can. Never push the brush down into his skin, and always be careful to avoid sensitive areas like his face. These should be dealt with in a gentle way and by hand instead. Always give your dog plenty of encouraging words and pets, and consider adding in the occasional treat to reward him for good behavior.

A selection of pet brushes is available at most pet food and supply stores. If you have any other questions about which brush will work best, ask a vet.