September 19, 2012

Did you know? - Dog Shaving and How to Reduce Dog Shedding

Did you know that shaving your dog’s coat does not reduce shedding? Read on to learn why, along with other facts about your furry friend.

  • Dogs that live outside usually shed heavily as days lengthen in the Spring, while dogs that live indoors can shed all year long.
  • Each hair (topcoat/guard hair and undercoat) goes through a hair cycle just like human hair. This cycle typically takes 4-6 weeks to complete depending on breed and species.
  • Short-haired breeds can shed as much as long-haired breeds.
  • Shed hair can cause skin irritation and needs to be removed. Grooming is necessary for an animal’s health and hygiene. Regular grooming helps the hair in its renewal process, cleans the skin of dandruff, eliminates dry skin flakes and improves the coat’s insulation properties.
  • The age of a dog’s first shed depends on the season of birth and occurs between 4 and 14 months.
  • The undercoat is the underlying problem of shedding and is the majority of hair that you see in your house. The undercoat regulates your dog’s body temperature.
  • Shaving your dog’s coat does not reduce shedding. This process merely makes the hair that is shed much shorter, and puts him at risk without protection from the sun or extreme temperatures.
  • The best way to reduce shedding is with a FURminator® deShedding Tool, which will not cut or damage your dog’s coat. With deShedding, you do not have to worry about removing the coat that your dog needs to stay warm or keep cool.
  • Regular bathing and deShedding can also help control the dispersal of allergens in to the atmosphere. According to the Humane Society of the United States, simply bathing your pet and removing loose hair and dander can reduce the level of allergens by as much as 85%.