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Six Steps To Controlling Spring Shedding

June 8, 2009

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=dog+brushing&iid=767345″ src=”4/3/4/5/PicImg_Canine_Champions_Compete_c601.jpg?adImageId=10754655&imageId=767345″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /]AZUSA, Calif. – Spring is here, and love is in the air.  Unfortunately for pet lovers, dog hair is also in the air, since spring is one of the big shedding seasons (fall is the other).  It’s not quite what you think – dogs shed based on light, not temperature, so pooches everywhere from Alaska to Florida are shedding their winter coats.  And here’s a strange-but-true fact – dogs’ winter coats are actually finer than their summer coats.  The finer hairs lie closer to the body, which helps to keep the dog warmer.

 Regardless of what kind of coat Fido is shedding, the fact remains that the fur is flying.  So what is the best way to deal with all this excess hair?  Cardinal Laboratories, a leading manufacturer of pet supplies, offers the following tips to make shedding easier on dogs and their owners:

  1. Brush and comb the dog regularly.  Brushing removes loose hairs from the coat, allowing you to keep up with the hair, especially during the shedding seasons.  Brushes and combs come in many different styles and can be purchased at all price points.  It is important to use the right kind of brush and comb for your dog’s coat.  If you’re unsure of which brush and comb are best for your dog, ask a groomer or your vet.
  2. Dogs don’t need to be bathed often, but giving Fido a bath every 6-8 weeks is an excellent way to help keep his coat in great shape and help reduce shedding. It moisturizes his skin, which helps to keep shedding at a minimum. When you do bathe your dog, it’s best to use a high-quality shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Cardinal’s Gold Medal Pets dog shampoo is a revolutionary patent pending formula made with Cardoplex, a proprietary trade secret that incorporates fruit acids, vitamins and fast-acting proteins that make it wash, rinse and dry faster than ordinary dog shampoos. It has a unique “sheeting” action that causes water to sheet off the dogs’ coat, resulting in reduced bathing and drying time. Many professional dog groomers use Gold Medal Pets because it’s tough on dirt and odors, yet leaves the dog’s coat soft, silky and fragrant. The Shed Less formula is specially made for removing shedding hair, and comes with helpful instructions that illustrate how easy it is to reduce shedding between bathing by pre-conditioning the coat with Gold Medal Pets Conditioner, then combing and washing all the shed hair out of the coat.
  3. Touch-up grooming between baths also helps to cope with excessive shedding. In addition to regular brushing and combing, consider using a grooming spray, such as Gold Medal Pets Unicoat. Gentle enough to be used every day, Unicoat grooming spray quickly cleans, detangles and conditions your dog’s hair while reducing static and adding luster and shine. It’s especially great for the dry winter months when static electricity causes fly-a-way and adds more hair to the air.
  4. The type of food you feed your dog helps to determine his overall health, including that of his skin and coat. For optimum health, it’s best to feed your dog a quality, meat-based diet with whole meat (chicken, lamb, turkey, beef) or whole meat meal as the first ingredient. Look for a brand that is high in protein, is medium to high in fat, and does not contain soy or use BHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin as preservatives. Both canned and dry foods should contain whole grains, with rice or barley being preferable over corn or wheat. Ideally, a dog’s diet should consist of both canned or rolled dog  food and dry foods. Look for brands that have high content of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids (anti-oxidants), which are the most important ingredients for conditioning the skin and coat. Water is also very important, so make sure your dog has plenty of clean, fresh water available to drink.
  5. Keeping up with vet visits can help nip any potential skin/coat issues in the bud.  There are a number of skin problems that can cause a dog to lose more hair than is removed in normal shedding.  Allergies, parasitic infections, fleas and hormonal disorders are just some of the problems that can cause excessive hair loss in dogs.  If you think your dog is losing more hair than usual or if the hair loss appears in patches or creates bald spots over a large area of the body, it’s time for a trip to the vet.
  6. Finally, when you’re treating or training your dog, skip the junk food and go straight for treats that are healthy and full of anti-oxidants (for a luxurious, healthy coat) like salmon, tuna, cod, duck and fish oil. Cardinal’s Pet Botanics Healthy Omega Treats are a great example of a low calorie, low fat, natural treat made of layers of fish and sweet potato that will not only satisfy your dog’s appetite and improve his skin and coat – they’ll make him your very best friend!

Gold Medal Pets Shampoos and Grooming Sprays are available at leading pet stores everywhere. For more information, contact Cardinal Laboratories at 1-800-433-7387 or visit www.cardinalpet.com.

 

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One Comment
  1. August 7, 2010 8:25 am

    I have found great enjoyment in grooming my animals. It is a great bonding time. Use it to get closer to your friend.

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