In celebration of Pet Day on April 30, we are sharing helpful tips for pet owners! Dr. Willard’s® wants all our customers to show their cats and dogs how much they love them by taking care of them with quality products. Incorporating Dr. Willard’s® Pet Care products into your dog’s routine can provide many benefits. Vibrant Pet Water Drops help nutrients from healthy foods to get better absorbed by your pet’s body, promoting their effects. Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets moisturizes the skin, helping to hydrate the skin. The Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray helps keep your pet’s fur stay healthy and shiny.
The 1997 edition of the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care explained that Dr. Willard’s® Vibrant Pet Products were tested on animals for years, and the results showed only benefits. Such benefits include ”improved digestion, calmness, improved coat luster and eye sparkle, improved gait, resistance to stress-related illness and increased immunity.” The article also stated that Dr. Willard’s® products helped alleviate the effects of cuts, burns, and wounds.
Taking proper care of our pet’s coat is important to prevent excessive shedding. We love our pets, but most of us can’t stand having pet hair all over the house. Depending on what breed of cat or dog you own, you may need to vacuum daily to keep your carpet, couches and other surfaces free of pet hair. The good news is that there are ways to lessen pet shedding. Before providing tips on how to reduce pet shedding, we want to help you understand why this process happens in the first place (hint: it’s not just to drive you nuts!).
Why Do Pets Shed?
Dogs and cats shed in order to lose their old or damaged hair. This process releases the dead hair from the follicle in order to allow new hair to grow. While all pets shed to some degree, some shed more than others. The amount and frequency of shedding is determined by several factors, such as the specific breed of cat or dog, the time of the year, and possible health problems.
Some dog breeds that shed the most include the Alaskan Husky, Labrador Retriever, German Shepard, Akita and Chow Chow. The biggest shedders in the cat family include the British longhair, Cymric, Oriental Longhair and European Burmese.
In addition to breed, the time of the year may affect the amount of shedding. Typically, pets grow a thicker coat in the winter to account for the colder weather, and shed that hair when warmer temperature ensues in the spring. However, pets that are mostly kept inside tend to shed the same throughout the year.
Your pet’s health can be another culprit of excessive hair shedding, as poor nutrition, health issues and stress contribute to hair loss. They may shed for a variety of reasons, including parasites, pregnancy, cancer, immune disease, sunburn and bacterial infections.
Tips to Stop Excessive Pet Shedding
While you will not be able to stop your pet from shedding altogether, there are tips to stop excessive shedding.
Taking the time to brush your pet’s hair daily will play a big role in shedding prevention. This practice not only removes dead hair, but also spreads oils around the coat, helping healthy hair to stay in place.
Do some research or ask your vet about the best brush option for your dog or cat. There are a variety of brushes, such as love gloves, slicker brushes and matbreakers, which are designed for specific types of coats to remove dead hair.
While bathing your pet is required to keep them clean and remove old, dead hair, it is important not to wash them too often as that can dry out the skin, which will promote hair loss. Each pet breed has a bathing schedule that works best, so check with your vet on how often you need to clean your pet.
Just like people need to eat properly to maintain their health, so do pets. Unfortunately, many brands of dog food are made up of fillers, like grain and corn, which are hard for a dog to digest. Buying dog food with digestible protein sources, where meat is the main ingredient, should help to stop shedding.
A pet may have an allergy to a certain food that will cause his fur to fall out, and eliminating that food will stop the shedding. Switching food brands to see if one will improve the shedding can work; if not, contact your vet to do an allergy panel to determine what specific foods your pet may be allergic to.
A big source of hair shedding can be dehydration, which dries the skin and causes hair to fall out. Make sure that you leave out enough water for your dog to drink throughout the day. If the water bowl is empty in the middle of the day, or when you come home from work, your dog is not getting enough hydration.
Adding healthy fats that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as olive or flaxseed oil, will help to promote the health and look of a pet’s coat. Foods that contain these fatty acids that are appropriate for pets include fish, like tuna and salmon. Omega-3 can be given as a supplement; it is recommended to take one teaspoon (5 mL) per 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of body weight.
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