How to Stop Dog Shedding with a Few Easy Tips
Spring means warm cozy weather, flowers blooming and perhaps a few rain showers. However, for pet owners, spring means something else – dog shedding! Many dogs and cats will go through a period of relentless
shedding in springtime as they get rid of their thicker, winter coat. For people with allergies, this can be a problem. The problem is less related to the hair than it is to the dander.
Contrary to what people think, allergens are not present in the fur; instead it is in an animal’s body secretions. With dogs and cats, secretions come through the skin, and in cats, it is in saliva. Either way, when the secretions dry, they become
part of the dead skin (or dander) that is present in any animal, humans included. The dander is often part of the air you breathe and present on nearly any surface of the home. Luckily, there are a few ways to stop dog shedding (and cat shedding), or at least mitigate the effects of it.
How to Stop a Dog (or cat) from Shedding During Peak Season
Brush and Bathe Pets Regularly - If possible, take your pet outside and brush him or her regularly. If you get rid of loose fur and dead skin in this environment, it won’t enter your home. With dogs especially, regular bathing can
make a big difference too.
Choose the Right Cat and Dog Shedding Supplements - Omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseed and olive oil, are crucial to a smooth coat and the reduction of dry skin particles. Ask your vet what types of supplements contain this
nutrient and work to enhance your pup's coat.
Upgrade your Dog's Diet - It is important that the food is rich in these Omega-3 fatty acids in order to prevent the dry skin that results in dander allergens in the air. Research what foods are best for your dog's breed and
lifestyle, or ask next time you are at the vet.
Other Dog Shedding Remedies
No matter how often you bathe your dog or cat, or how adamant you are about providing the best possible nutrition for shed management, your pet is going to shed. The process is inevitable. However, there are a variety of methods for coping with dog shedding and minimizing its impact on the air your breathe.
Change Your HVAC Filter Regularly - How often are you changing your HVAC filter? With pets in the house, it is recommended that you check your filter every 30 days and change it if needed, and if not, every 90 days the filter
should be changed to guarantee air quality. For more specific recommendations on filter replacement frequency, take a look at our guide on how often to change your air filters!
Upgrade to a High-Efficiency Air Filter - In addition to changing your filter often, choosing a high-efficiency filter is a good choice too. The high-efficiency filters are designed to catch major allergens, like pet dander. Our MERV guide can help you better understand the differences between filtration efficiencies
Clean Cloth Furnishings Regularly - Dander (and other allergens) will attach themselves to soft surfaces. Now is the time to vacuum on a regular basis. Consider putting curtains, bedding, and other furnishings in the washer
often or send them for dry cleaning. It can make a big difference in keeping your allergies at bay.
While springtime may not be the best season for allergy sufferers, if you are proactive you can help make sure that pet dander is less of a problem in your home – keeping you, your family and even your pets happier and healthier.
Now that you know how to keep a dog from shedding, check out some of our other helpful tips on maintaining a clean, healthy environment in your home.