Controlling Shedding in the Spring
Shedding is a dog’s natural process of losing its old and damaged hair. While this process is totally normal, the amount and frequency of shedding depends on many factors including the dog’s health and breed. Shedding is often caused by seasonal changes. Many breeds of dogs develop thick coats in the winter and then shed them in the spring. Even indoor dogs are prone to fluctuations in coat thickness and may shed all year long.
Even though you cannot completely stop a dog from shedding, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the amount of hair left on your clothing and around your home. Brushing your dog regularly helps remove dead hair before it is able to fall off. Your groomer can recommend the best type of brush for your dog.
It’s a good idea to schedule more frequent grooming appointments throughout the spring. A professional groomer can remove more loose hair than you are able to at home. They can also help spot skin conditions and parasites which tend to be more common this time of year.
Excessive shedding is often the result of stress, poor nutrition or medical issues. If your pet is losing more hair than usual, it’s probably time to see your veterinarian. Your vet will be able to tell if your dog’s hair loss is part of the normal shedding process, or if it’s related to an underlying disorder.
Excessive shedding can sometimes be prevented with proper nutrition. Good quality pet foods contain the proper nutrients for dogs. If your dog has allergies or sensitivities, it can be more difficult to figure out the proper diet. In this incidence, supplementation might be necessary. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Claws N Paws Day Spa offers quality dog and cat grooming from our full service pet salon in Fountain Valley, California. For your convenience, we also offer mobile pet grooming to many areas of Orange County. If your pet is shedding more than usual this spring we can help! Please call 714-962-1005 to set up a grooming appointment today!