Shedding Some Light on Shedding

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Shedding Some Light on Shedding

As the weather begins to turn warm and you and your dogs begin spending more time outdoors, you’re likely to notice that your furry best friend is beginning to shed. In fact, dogs shed more in the spring than at any other time of the year. Despite the mess that dog hair can cause your home, there are a few simple things you can do to help manage your pet’s shedding. As well, exploring some facts about why and when dogs shed may also prove to be useful in helping to understand the process and allowing you to better manage the amount of shedding that goes on in your home.

Why and When Dogs Shed

Shedding naturally occurs in most dogs as their body’s way of seasonally preparing their coat for the coming season. Because dogs don’t sweat the way that humans do, they need a lighter coat of hair in the summer months and a thicker coat in the winter season. That is why they tend to shed the most in spring for their lighter summer coat. Dogs also begin to shed again toward the end of summer – albeit less than in spring – to prepare for regrowth of a thicker coat for winter. Contrariwise, many breeds will shed gradually year-round. While it’s a natural process, it’s not very forgiving, especially when dog parents are trying to maintain a household that may include people with allergies to dog hair and dander.

What You Can Do

  • Choose Breeds Wisely - For those who are looking to adopt a new canine into their households, if shedding is a major concern for you, then you may consider choosing a breed that sheds little or not at all. A few breeds that offer little to no shedding include Poodles and Dachshunds, while Retrievers usually shed more throughout the year. 

  • Brush Them Often - Removing loose hair by brushing your dogs outdoors (if possible) will go a long way toward lessening the probability of pet hair and dander lingering around your household. As well, vacuuming dog beds and areas of the house where they spend the most time will help to relieve possible allergic reactions.

  • Bathe Them Regularly – Giving your dogs a bath regularly (no more than 2 to 3 times a month) is a great way to not only keep dog hair out of your home but also to give your pet-friends some needed attention plus keep them smelling fresh and looking healthy.

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