You spend all day cleaning, vacuuming, or brushing your clothes but there’s no way, you always find your dog’s hairs everywhere. Dogs shed their hair, nature is like that and we can’t stop it. But we can apply certain tricks to limit the problem a little. If you suffer from an allergy, your dog’s shedding can cause a lot of discomforts. Why do dogs shed their hair? How can we limit this process? We explain it all to you below.
Hair loss is common to all dogs, although some breeds are more prone to it for hormonal or genetic reasons. Changes in temperature and light also influence the process. Most breeds have a thicker coat in winter to protect them from the cold and a thinner coat in summer to regulate their temperature. But increasingly, seasonal changes are altered by our habit of living with our dog in houses with lots of heat during the winter. In these cases what is called “false molts” can occur throughout the year. In this way, the volume of lost hair turns out to be greater. Hair molting in dogs occurs when a hair reaches the end of its life cycle, stops growing and falls out to make room for new hair. The new hair develops to allow our dog to protect its skin and regulate its body temperature.
Some breeds are more prone to shedding
If you share your life with some furry of these races, you should start resigning yourself, the battle against the hairs is inevitable:
- Alaskan Malamute
- American Eskimo Dog
- Welsh Corgi
- Chow chow
- German shepherd
- Pyrenean Mountain Dog
- Labrador Retriever
- Siberian Husky
- Border collie
- Saint Bernard
How to reduce the change of hair in dogs
Although you can not prevent the change of hair, you can use some simple tricks to limit the process a bit:
- Take care of your dog’s diet by giving him a healthy diet. Cheaper dog food brands are mainly made up of cereals that seek to “fill” the stomach to eliminate hunger, such as corn or wheat. In addition to being of poor quality at the nutritional level, they can be difficult to digest for certain dogs. We recommend choosing brands of the best food for dog shedding in which meat and protein top the list of ingredients. They facilitate digestion, assimilate better and help maintain healthy skin and hair. It is also the case of food made from blue fish such as salmon that thanks to its rich content in omega 3 help maintain healthy and strong hair.
- Add vegetable oil to your dog’s food. It can be olive oil, flax oil or any vegetable oil that has quality nutritional contributions. It is recommended to give a teaspoon of oil for every 5 kilos of the dog’s weight. The oil helps soothe inflamed skin, reduce dandruff and improve the appearance of the fur.
- From time to time you can give him some “human toy”. While it is true that you have to be careful with the sweets since we give a few better than they are of quality. Sweets or prizes should not represent more than 5% to 10% of a dog’s daily diet. Better than the special industrial products for dogs, we can take advantage of this moment to give our dog healthy foods that we humans take such as cucumber, bananas or apple slices (as long as we are careful with the seeds that should take off because they can become toxic). Although beware of giving our dog human food, some foods can be very dangerous for them.
- Make sure your dog always has fresh water at its disposal. Dehydration can have very negative effects on the health of our dog, from dry skin problems to an increase in hair loss or in the worst cases cause some disease. That is why it is very important that you make sure that your dog always has a good amount of freshwater at its disposal. You can also include moist foods in your diet to help keep your hydration at optimal levels.
- Brush your hair regularly. Although the amount of hair you get to “harvest” in each brushing session can be impressive, your dog does very well. It helps you get rid of dead hair that has not completely fallen out and can suffocate the skin, while you brush your sebum through the entire coat to keep it nourished.
- The necessary bathrooms and in their right measure. While the fact of bathing your dog will help you get rid of dead hair, it is not necessary to go over since an excess of baths could leave your skin dry, which would increase hair loss. It may seem like a vicious circle but you just have to find balance. You can ask your veterinarian for advice on the most appropriate frequency of baths and read our article with tips for bathing your dog correctly. If after the bathroom you want to use a dryer, remember to put the “cold air” mode, your dog will thank you.
- Keep fleas at bay. A dog that has fleas scratches a lot, and that causes hair loss. If your dog is free of fleas, it will be less likely to suffer from dry skin, dandruff or excessive hair loss. Without simply talking about your general well-being.
- Try to limit your dog’s stress. Hair loss is a symptom that dogs undergo too much stress. Try to offer a quiet environment and maintain your routines. He needs them.
Some races, on the contrary, are less likely to change their hair. They can be especially indicated for people who suffer from allergies.
They are said to be hypoallergenic races:
- Bichon Frize
- Yorkshire terrier
- Bedlington terrier
- Shih Tzu
- Italian Hound
- Chinese crested
- Lakeland terrier
- Portuguese and Spanish water dog
- Scottish Terrier
- Afghan Hound
If you suffer from an allergy, before adopting a dog it is better to look for information about these breeds to choose the ideal companion that will bring you great moments free of sneezing. If you have more advice, do not hesitate to share them with us in comments or on our social networks!