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Five Tips for Controlling Your Puppy's Shedding

Are you finding puppy hair in your food? What about embedded in your keyboard or stuck to your glossed lips? Dog fur seems to have an ability to get everywhere, whether it's the short coarse hair of a Terrier or the long, silky hair of an Afghan. Shedding really gets going around this age, especially if it's warm outside, though, because we keep dogs indoors so much, some will not shed according to season but instead shed year 'round.

You may notice a surge in fur around the house or you might notice that a particular spot on your puppy is suddenly less furry than the rest of him. Shedding often occurs on one part of the body at a time which can result in a patchy look. Fortunately, we have so many products at on the market today to help with shedding.

Controlling Your Puppy's Shedding

  1. Invest in a Very Good Brush - Many dog owners swear by the Furminator, a brush that catches not only the top fur but also the fur underneath. Used once a day, it is thought to really reduce the amount of fur in your house. There is also something called the Vacuum Dog Brush which attaches to your vacuum.

  2. Hit the Groomers - If you can afford it, grooming often reduces the amount of fur that is shedding.

  3. Use an Anti-Shedding Product - These products provide vitamins, nutrients and oils which are supposed to help slow down the shedding. One example is Shed Solution.

  4. Revamp Your Pup's Diet - A healthy diet will help control shedding. Be sure your puppy's food has meat as the first ingredient and that it meets the standards for a healthy food. Consider adding a little bit of olive oil to his diet as well.

  5. Eliminate Stress - Many dogs will involuntarily shed when stressed out, such as on a trip to the vet. Keep yourself as calm as you can in these situations since dogs pick up on our emotional signals, and be sure to praise and reward him throughout the experience.

If all else fails, consider trading in your dark suits for a khaki plaid if you have a light-colored puppy or your winter white for navy slacks if your have a dark-colored puppy. You might also consider coordinating slip covers to your puppy's fur and getting rid of some of the rugs that seem to become embedded with hair.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a non-shedding dog. Some breeds such as Poodles do shed less but even a Chinese Crested sheds a little. If the shedding seems abnormal in any way, such as if an area looks raw, call your vet.

And remember, a little dog fur in the soup never hurt anyone.

Advice from Other Dog Owners 

Puppies Eat Less When They are Teething

When my dog was teething his appetite decreased quite a bit. Our vet recommended adding water to his food to soften it up, which worked great. He did not recommend that we do that all the time because the hard food helps their dental hygiene. That worked for us! Ice cubes and toys in the freezer also helped (i.e. water down a rope toy and freeze).

~TALIE D., owner of Labrador Retriever

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