How to Stop Pet Shedding

Pet shedding may be disturbing, as the pet will leave behind massive amounts of hair and these not only cause issues when cleaning, but may also lead to allergic reactions. Pets can shed seasonally or when affected by certain medical conditions. There are means of controlling the excessive shedding. Medical issues should be dealt with and once treated, the pet will no longer shed.

Brush Your Pet

The brushing frequency and technique are important when it comes to preventing excessive shedding. You should brush your pet at least twice per week or if your pet has longer hair, at least once every 2 days. By doing this, you will remove the loose hairs, so that these will not be spread in your home. In addition, when brushing, you will stimulate the blood circulation and this may reduce the amount of hair your pet sheds.

When choosing the brushes and combs for your pet, make sure these are suitable for his coat and won’t irritate the skin.

Bathe Your Pet

When bathing your pet, you will remove all loose hairs and you will also make sure that his skin is clean and healthy. A healthy skin means less hair shedding.

Make sure you respect the recommended bath frequency. For instance, some dog breeds will require less frequent baths, only a few times per year. Bathing these dogs more frequently may cause dry skin and may also lead to excessive shedding. Remember that during summer, dogs will require more frequent bathing.

Choose the bathing supplies so that these will not irritate the dog’s skin. The shampoos or creams you use should have a hydrating effect.

Watch the Pet’s Diet

The pet’s diet is important and may play a role in the health of the skin and the amount of hair that is shed. A diet that is poor in essential nutrients may cause excessive shedding. Make sure your pet gets proteins, fats (especially unsaturated fats) and fibers. The amount of carbohydrates should be reduced. Various dog and cat breeds have different dietary requirements, so consult your vet about the most suitable type of diet for your pet.

Administer Supplements for Pet Shedding

Supplements may compensate for the lack of essential nutrients in your pet’s diet. Vitamin E supplements may improve the dog’s coat condition. Omega 3 and 9 fatty acid supplements may also improve immunity and protect the dog’s skin.

Control External Parasites

External parasites such as fleas can cause excessive shedding, firstly because they cause itchiness and the dog will scratch and secondly because they cause stress. Get suitable flea and tick preventative solutions and protect your pet’s skin.

Reduce Stress

Stress is often a cause of excessive shedding in your pet, so make sure you spot any possible stress inducers and remove these from the pet’s surroundings. You should also avoid stressful situations such as sudden changes (e.g. in the home, diet, schedule). Stress may also be caused by an underlying condition, so pay a visit to the vet and get the necessary treatment.