Help! My pet’s shedding is driving me crazy!
Do I love my pet? YES. Do I love it’s hair? NO!
All dogs have 3 types of hair:
- Primary hair- the outer coat, typically the longest and most stiff and the hardest for water to penetrate
- Secondary hair- the under coat, usually shorter and extremely fluffy and used for insulation
- Tactile hair- whiskers
So they why does their shedding sometimes seem especially out of control? The answer is that all dogs blow their coats. This can be different for each animal, although can be stronger for female dogs. Blowing a coat is basically a sudden and intense period of shedding.
There are various reasons a dog can do this: climate changes are among the most common reasons, genetics, age, medications, being neutered/spayed, any anxious or fearful situation, a change in environment, and the list goes on and on. The good news is that although some shedding is normal for all pets, blowing the coat will not last forever.
Here are a few of our favorite products to help deal with the effects of shedding:
- The Furminator– by far our FAVORITE so far and the best all around brush that works on most dogs and cats! It is small enough to stick in your bag and works quickly and efficiently to remove bag fulls of the under coat. It is moderately priced (about $20- $40 depending on the size) and available at just about any pet retail store or online.
- The Love Grooming Mitt- This is the best if you have a pet who is not likely to warm up to the idea of being brushed. It is discreet as it fits on your hand and does not feel as harsh as most standard brushes. Also a very widely available pick and priced at around just $10.
- Bristle Pet Brush– There are so many varieties and brands of this type of brush and we really haven’t seen too many variations in efficiency. This is the best brush for short smooth coats and can be found for $5 and up.
- Wire Pin Pet Brush– This brush is an absolute staple if you have a pet with a longer coat. If their hair is flowing or prone to knotting or matting, some of the other brush types can cause irritation. Look for a brush with rubber in the center and round tips over the pins for comfort. These start at just under $10 and can go up to about $25 in price.