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How to deal with dog shedding in spring

With the flowers blooming and the weather warming up, dog owners are often faced with a common problem: spring shedding. Many dogs, especially those with thick coats, go through a shedding process in the spring as they lose their winter coat. This natural phenomenon can sometimes be very challenging, and pet owners have furry furniture, clothing, and carpets. However, with some proactive measures and effective strategies, you can manage spring shedding and keep your home clean and your pet comfortable.

 

Understanding spring shedding

Before getting into tips and solutions, it is necessary to understand why dogs shed more in spring. Shedding is a natural process that helps dogs adapt to seasonal temperature changes. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, dogs shed their heavy winter coats to prepare for warmer weather. This shedding helps regulate their body temperature and keeps them cool in the spring and summer.

 

Tips for coping with spring shedding

1.         Regular brushing: The key to managing spring shedding is consistent grooming. Brush your dog regularly with a suitable brush. Choose brushes designed for your dog's coat type.  Regular brushing helps remove loose hair before it ends up on your furniture.

2.          Bathing and grooming: bathing your dog with a quality dog shampoo will help loosen and remove excess hair. Then use a dog conditioner to moisturize the skin and coat and reduce shedding. Avoid bathing too often as it can dry out the skin and cause further shedding.

3.         Healthy diet: nutrition plays a vital role in the health of your dog's coat. Make sure your dog receives a balanced diet rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote healthy skin and coat.

4.         Dietary supplements: some dogs benefit from dietary supplements such as fish oil or linseed oil, which can reduce shedding and improve coat quality.

5.         Hydrate: Proper hydration is essential for healthy skin and coat. Make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times, especially in the warmer months.

6.         Limit stress: stress can contribute to excessive shedding. Keep your dog mentally stimulated and provide a calm environment to minimize stress levels.


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