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We know most of us love absolutely everything about our pets, but if finding dog hair woven into every piece of clothing and furniture is a problem, you're not alone! Shedding is a big issue for parents of dogs with fur – otherwise known as “fur Babies!”

WHAT CAUSES DOG SHEDDING?

Breed
Each breed or breed mix has a different coat. Dogs with hair such as poodles, maltese, or any dog mixed with a non-shedding dog, will only lose hair as often as a typical human, while dogs with fur whether short, long, dence or medium will shed their undercoat to varying degrees.

Shedding dog breeds include: Siberian Huskys, Rottweilers, Corgis, Sheepdogs, Pyrenese, Akitas, Chow Chows, Shetland Sheepdogs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, Pomeranians, Beagles,German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Saint Bernards

Mother Nature
The change in temperature and humidity can make a big difference in your dog’s shedding. It’s nature's way of keeping your pup cool in the summer and warm in the winter, with your dog shedding more in the warmer months. The upward trend of most dogs spending their time indoors with us as opposed to living outdoors has increased the shedding cycle to become more of a year-round event.

Diet
Fillers like corn and grain can be difficult for your dog to digest causing problems internally, that can lead to excessive fur loss. Make sure to give those fur-babies a balanced diet of lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and no starchy foods. Make sure that the water bowl is always filled with fresh clean agua, to prevent dehydration-related shedding.

Feelings
Dogs have feelings too! The overall emotional health of your dog can also be a trigger for additional shedding. If your pup is high-stressed or there’s been a change in their environment (moving, death in the family, etc.), a little extra love and supplements Brutus Broth can get him back into a normal groove and keep his coat shiny and healthy.

Hormones
Just like humans have hormonal imbalances that can cause you to lose a little more hair at different times, so can dogs. A hormonal imbalance in dogs can cause shedding. Your Vet can help you determine if your dog is producing too little or too much of something. Usually, medication can help to stabilize hormones.

Skin Problems
Skin conditions such as parasites, infections and dermatitis can cause excessive shedding in dogs. Call your vet if fur loss is spotty or patchy, or if the skin is bumpy, red, or tender. This can be a sign of a bigger issue. Always keep an eye out for excessive licking and/or scratching.

HOW TO HELP

Step 1. Brush
Be sure to brush your pup thoroughly before the bath, removing as much hair as you can before you get them wet.​​ We love THE ONLY BRUSH (link below) with it's natural boar bristles on one side and steel pins on the other. The pins remove mats and tangles, loosen dirt and brush away loose hair, while the boar bristles smooth follicles, release natural oils and increase circulation.

Step 2. Shampoo
Just as there are specific human shampoos that target dandruff, oily hair, dry hair, curly hair, and any other ailment under the sun, the same SHOULD be true for dogs!

That's why we created THE SHEDDER SHAMPOO. The ultra-hydrating formula helps to reduce the shed of both dander and fur by moisturizing and nourishing the fur and skin beneath without the use of harsh ingredients. With a unique blend of essential oil sourced from around the world, you will have more to love but less to vacuum. Oh and did you know it's free of parabens, sulphates, silicones, toxins, dyes and gluten? Yep, we've thought of it all!

Step 3. Dry
After bathing your dog, towel dry with our super absorbent TOWEL. As pet mom's ourselves we thought it was time for a handsome, thick, and super absorbent microfiber towel. We cleverly designed it to have pockets on either end so you can pop your hands in and get your squeaky clean pup warm and dry asap while giving him a well-deserved massage.

Follow with a blow dry, using warm (NOT HOT) air. We love Harry Josh hair dryer. As your dog’s coat becomes drier, you can use our brush again to help remove the loose fur and keep it up until your dog is no longer damp.

PRO TIP! Be sure to brush from the skin outward to get the most fur you can*.


Step 4: Keep brushing
In between baths, keep brushing! Several brushing sessions a week will keep the average dog neat and clean and the bonding time is an added bonus! Start brushing your puppy early to get them used to and even love the experience. Brush all the way down to the skin, to help stimulate blood circulation and loosen and remove flakes of dander.

So, with all that out of the way, let's talk shedding. What challenges do you have? Where have you seen success. Let's discuss!
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