Dog shedding can be categorized into various sub-topics. This is because there are several reasons why dogs shed and different seasons when they either shed more or shed less.
Young dogs shed their soft, fuzzy fur in order to transform into fully grown adults with beautiful coats to match their age. That is the phase when you will invariably need a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner, specially designed (here’s our recommendations) to deal with your dog’s shedding.
Apart from a vacuum cleaner, there are other ways in which you can deal with your dog’s shedding and here is a list of what you could do.
Shedding can be significantly reduced by brushing your dog’s coat on a regular basis.
The loose fur tends to stick to your dog’s coat till it is brushed on the carpet or rubbed off on furniture. By brushing every day, you will be able to get rid of them before your upholstery gets layered by a coat of golden fur.
This is where a good brush comes in handy. If you have a short-haired dog, a bristle brush is perfect for use.
If you have a long-haired dog, a rake will be of good use and for the ones that have long and wavy hair; pin brushes are the only things that work. Pet stores stack specially designed brushes if you need one for your heavy shedder.
Bathing should be frequent, if not regular. It helps to get rid of matted and clotted fur that make your dog’s coat look unhealthy and leads to further skin problems.
You can also use specially formulated shampoos and conditioners that your vet can recommend in order to reduce shedding due to skin conditions.
The frequency of bathing is best decided by the vet who will recommend the same as per the age, breed skin type and lifestyle of the dog.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Dry dog food is convenient but not necessarily healthy if you are offering it on a daily basis.
Your dog needs hydration in food and if that is not being done, it will lead to weak fur that will always have a tendency to shed.
Instead of store-bought snacks that are abounding in fillers, try offering simple things like carrots, green beans, watermelons, muskmelons etc that contain a good amount of moisture and will compensate for the absence of it in other meals.
Get A Heavy Duty Vacuum (With A Lint Roller)
Despite following all the measures to keep your dog’s coat healthy, there is no permanent solution to dog shedding and you will always need a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner to ensure that your house is kept clean and fur-free.
This is even more important if you have human babies at home or family members with allergies.
Carpets tend to accumulate maximum amount of fur and it needs regular vacuuming.
A lint roller keeps your upholstery clean and well-maintained despite regular vacuuming. If your dog is a heavy-shedder or is going through a shedding season, then you could try using a cover for places like the couch or the bed that might otherwise be layered with fur.
There are several types of vacuum cleaners on the market and before buying one, the best thing would be to read reviews and user testimonials to find out which one suits your needs.
Other Quick Solutions
- To keep up with the bare minimum shedding that your dog will invariably have, here are a few quick solutions:
- Buy at least 7-8 lint brushes and keep them in various corners for quick cleaning. Keep one in the car as well.
- A damp kitchen sponge can get rid of hair from upholstery much more efficiently.
- Light vacuuming every two days can keep major build up at bay.
- You can use static reducing sprays on places that could be hard to clean.