Tired of your dogs shedding? Find out 12 way to cope with it in the article from Star Tribune.
It’s October, which means we’re coming into the season of “furricanes,” as double-coated dogs shed their summer coats so their winter coats can come in thick and heavy.
Seasonal shedding (known to the dognoscenti as “blowing coat”) usually begins in September and completes its mission to layer your home, clothes and belongings in fur by November — just in time for the holidays. (Maybe you can collect it to weave scarves and socks for loved ones?)
Your Alaskan malamute, Bernese mountain dog, Great Pyrenees, Norwegian elkhound or any other dog with a thick, furry coat will go through this seasonal shedding process, making your life furrier in the process.
And don’t think you are home-free if you have a short-haired dog. Labrador retrievers, beagles, pugs and puggles are also among the dogs that shed like nervous Chihuahuas this time of year.
People new to double-coated dogs are sometimes stunned by the amount of hair that comes off their pets. Ankle-deep in dustpuppies, some become so concerned that they call their vets, wondering if their dog has a skin disease.
It’s normal. The good news is that it doesn’t last forever (it just seems that way). The better news? You can take steps to help relieve your dog of its fur more quickly.
The following tips can help you get through shedding season with your sanity and your sense of humor intact:
• Brush daily to remove dead hair.
• Invest in fur-removal tools: wire slicker brushes, undercoat rakes, shedding blades, Furminators, hound gloves and Zoom Grooms are just a few of the options available.
• Go easy. With tools such as Furminators, you can become so enthusiastic at the amount of hair that’s coming out that the next thing you know, your dog is bald. Don’t go there.
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