One of the biggest pet peeves dog owners have is unwanted pet hair and fur all over the house. It doesn't matter if you have a Golden Retriever or a Yorkshire Terrier, every dog sheds to some degree - the only difference is how much. The age, weather season, and the health of your mutts also play a huge part in how much hair loss they go through.
While shedding is quite normal for even a young, healthy dog, here are some ways to help control the unwanted hair from getting all over:
- Brush your dog daily - There's just no short cuts around it: brush your dogs' body daily! This will help tremendously with getting rid of excess hair/fur for you and your dogs' comfort. Keep in mind: finding the right brush is also going to help.
- Eating a balanced diet - The food you feed your mutts also impact the quality of hair/fur. Feeding your dogs a healthy balanced diet will help with (1) giving your mutts a healthy coat and (2) preventing them from getting sick. Sometimes excessive hair loss is the result of parasites, kidney and liver disease, cancer, sunburn, and/or fungal and bacteria infections.
- Bathing your dogs during the summer - A lot of dogs will grow a thick coat during the winter months and shed it all off during the summer months. So keeping your mutts' hair/fur clean on a regular basis is another way of stripping their loose, dried, and damaged strands away. Using an oatmeal shampoo will help prevent your dogs' skin from getting too dried.
- Keep up with regular check ups - Be sure to take your mutts to the vet on a regular basis to ensure that they are not losing their coat because of more serious internal healthy issues.
- Environment control and cleanliness - If worse comes to worse, vacuum your house often put blankets and covers over the furniture you don't want dog hair on.
Keeping your mutts happy, healthy, and hearty!