It’s dog shedding time… if it hasn’t already started for you. At ten times the density of human hair, your best friend has 15,000 pieces of hair per square inch of fur.
Yes get prepared for spring and summer NOW. Is yours shedding yet?
What Could Be Causing Your Dog to Shed So Much Fur?
The main issue is usually your dogs diet or an essential fatty acid called Omega Fatty Acids. Your fur ball cannot produce Omega-3 and 6 fats alone, they have to get that through the food you feed them.
According to Dr. Steve Marsden, DVM, writing for VCA, “Fatty acid supplements can reduce shedding, promote growth of the undercoat, reduce tendencies to inflammation and help resolve inflammation.
Wait I know what you are thinking…
Bet You Thought Your Dog’s Food Had Omega Fatty Acids right?
While many dog foods claim to contain Omega fatty acids, they often cannot survive the tremendous heat and pressure required to produce dog food kibble, and therefore are not biologically available to your dog.
Dog food takes an enormous amount of pressure and heat to produce dog food and Omega fatty acids cannot survive it. I know it says your favorite dog food has it but it most likely doesn’t and even if some of the acids survive it has a higher likely-hood of going rancid in the dog’s food before they take that bite. So my friend. The best option here is to supplement your doggys needs.
2 Simple Ways to Get Some Omega Fatty Acids Into Your Dog’s Diet
My local vet recommends adding some fresh fish at least 2-3 times per week. And that can instantly increase the omega fatty acids. Another way, which I like, is changing your dog’s diet to a prey type model or raw diet.
If you feel that adding fresh fish or raw items to be a bit expensive and maybe you work a lot, then the addition of supplements like omega fatty acids or even krill oil is a great way to go.
How To Choose The Best Omega 3 Supplement For Your Dog?
A very popular omega supplement is pure salmon oil. Sounds yummy right? I suggest fish lower on the food chain because they will have less heavy metals like mercury in the fish. Krill and anchovies are good ones. There are many other benefits and nutrients for your dogs skin and coat too.
Other than diet, there are other ways of minimizing your dog’s shedding. Here are a few that are easy to do and your dog will love you for doing it. Brush your dog regularly, give them baths, blow dry, see a vet, and use flea prevention too.
Bonus Tip: Repel Pet Hair
Try this hack: Grab a fabric softener sheet and run it along your baseboards of your home. It will coat them and it will repel pet hair… and dust. You’re welcome.
Dog Shedding isn’t a health issue, but if you feel your dog is shedding excessively, see your local vet because it could be a serious issue. Some other issues could be parasites, hormones, immune problems, or high stress.