How to Stop a Dog or Cat from SheddingMany pet owners understand the frustration of having a pet that seems to shed everywhere. Shedding is a natural and healthy process in both dogs and cats, but it can usually be controlled with a few steps.
BrushingBrushing your dog or cat on a regular basis is a great way to manage shedding. Brushing helps limit shedding by removing all the loose fur and hair in your pet's coat. Different breeds and hair types require different brushes, so make sure you choose a brush that is suitable for your pet's coat type and length. You may also need to use more than one type of brush to remove all of your pet's dead hair.
BathingRegularly bathing your pet will also help control and manage shedding because a clean skin and coat usually results in less shedding. Similar to brushing, bathing will help remove loose hair, but it also helps by moistening the skin and preventing dryness. Usually dry skin causes more shedding, so moistening the skin should help reduce shedding. For dry and itchy skin, we suggest trying Vet Basics Oatmeal Protein Shampoo to soothe and moisturize the skin.
NutritionHair loss and excessive shedding can be a sign of an insufficient diet. If a poor diet is causing you pet to shed more, feeding him a higher-quality food with the right balance of vitamins, fatty acids, protein, and fats might also help in reducing shedding. In addition to more nutritious food, your pet will also benefit from a fatty acid supplement. A supplement with fatty acids will promote a healthy skin and coat, plus it helps reduce flakiness, itchiness, and shedding. Doc Roy's Derma Coat Plus is designed to enhance your dog's skin and coat while also reducing skin cell damage.
Environmental AllergiesGrass, trees, pollen, bug bites, and fleas can all cause environmental allergies in pets. If your pet gets overtaken by allergies and can't fight them off, he may be tempted to scratch and lick at the irritated area. Eventually, the pet itches so much that he starts losing hair and the infected area becomes raw. Using a medicated shampoo like Pramoxine Anti-Itch Shampoo and Spray can help soothe skin irritation and give your pet relief. You can also use a supplement like Omegaderm-3 for an anti-inflammatory effect and to give relief from scratching. If fleas and ticks are the issue, controlling these pests is key to stop the skin issues.
Other ComplicationsAlthough shedding is a natural process for pets, there are certain conditions that cause pets to excessively shed. There are many diseases such as ringworm and mange that can have negative effects on the skin and coat. If your pet is excessively shedding or losing hair, you should take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up.
If your pet's shedding is natural and more of a nuisance than a concern, you can easily reduce natural shedding by brushing your pet's hair, bathing him on a regular basis, and providing him with a nutritious diet.
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-The Revival Education Team
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