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Why Do Dogs Shed Their Hair?
Shedding is a normal process for all dogs, no matter if they have long or short hair. It is just the body’s way of getting rid of loose, old or damaged hair.
The amount of hair and frequency of shedding depends mainly upon their breed type, but can also provide an insight into overall health and wellbeing.
What Can Cause Excessive Shedding?
If you notice that your dog is shedding more than usual, it can because of a number of different factors. For example, it can be the result of stress, poor nutrition or a medical problem.
If you are concerned, it’s best to take your dog to your veterinarian for a thorough check up. He or she can help determine whether your dog’s hair loss is part of the normal shedding process or is a symptom of an underlying health issue.
Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Shedding
To keep your dog’s shedding to a minimum, make sure he is eating a balanced and healthy diet. Limit the amount of dry kibble you feed and look at incorporating good quality meats and vegetables into your dog’s meals.
If you are unsure about anything, have a chat to your veterinarian for advice on what foods will best suit your dog.
How to Groom a Dog to Minimize Shedding
Once you have your dog’s nutrition sorted, the next way to keep shedding under control is to look at how you are grooming your dog.
The easiest and most affordable pet grooming method is to buy a brush that is made for the hair type of your dog’s breed and groom your dog at home.
What Kind of Brush is Best for My Dog?
Here we have listed the different dog brush types available and their features so you can decide which one is right for you and your pet.
1. Slicker brush
A slicker brush works with all coat types. It has a flat or curved head with rows of thin wire pins, which remove loose fur and help detangle mats.
When choosing a slicker brush, make sure you find one that is a suitable size for your dog and one with a flexible handle to make grooming easier on you!
2. Pin brush
A pin brush looks similar to a slicker brush, however, the bristles are topped with little bits of plastic or rubber. This brush is best suited to longer, silkier coats.
3. Bristle brush
A bristle brush works best on dogs with short or wiry coats that tend to shed a lot. The bristles will remove hair, dirt, and dust. It will also help to make the coat shiny as the bristles distribute sebum from the skin to the ends of the hairs.
4. Shedding blade
This grooming tool is perfect for removing loose fur from the coat. It looks like a horseshoe-shaped comb with a serrated edge.
Rakes are shaped like a “T” and they are used to remove tangles and dead hair in the dog’s undercoat.
Thick-haired dogs such as German Shepherds, Huskies and Malamutes need to be groomed with rakes as they tend to develop dead undercoats. In addition, their heavy coats can trap more debris.
6. FurBabs Pet Brush
This is one of the many dog brush types that can be used on many different breeds. Featuring innovative tearaway sheets that cover the bristles, this brush is a hygienic way of ridding your dog of loose dead hair and dirt.
Do you use any of these dog brush types? What is your favorite and what breed of dog do you have?
Let me know your experiences in the comments below!
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