How do I prevent my dog shedding?
Updated: Apr 30
Whether you and your pet love long, adventurous walks together or simply enjoy snuggling on the sofa, spending time with your furry friend can be incredibly rewarding and special. However, as any dog owner will tell you, all that fun is often accompanied by something a little less pleasant – shed hair.
While all dogs shed (there’s no such thing as a non-shedding dog!), there are ways to reduce excessive shedding and ways to manage your pet’s coat to prevent shed hair becoming a real problem for you and your pet.
How to stop your dog from shredding?
While it’s not possible to stop dog shedding entirely, there are ways that you can manage your pet’s moulting. Firstly, one of the best ways to manage dog shedding is through a regular grooming routine, which we’ll cover in more detail below.
It’s also worth thinking about your pet’s health, diet and stress levels. If you think what you’re putting in their bowl at mealtimes could be having an impact, it could be worth trying a different food. Also, if you know that your pet has recently experienced a stressful event, it could be that they’re reacting to what happened. Keep an eye on their coat if you suspect stress and visit your vet if you’re concerned.
Finally, it’s a good idea to rule out any reasons for why your pet might be shedding excessively. If your dog is showing other signs of illness or the shedding was just over certain areas, which could indicate an allergy, a trip to the vet for a health check might be beneficial, as they’ll be able to make sure there are no underlying health conditions that could be causing hair loss. The vet would be able to see if the hair loss is more than just natural cycles of hair loss that happen at certain times of year or if your pet has been overly stressed for example.