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Shedding Solutions For Hairy Situations

Shedding Solutions For Hairy Situations

As summer wanes and the days become shorter, your pet may respond with increased shedding. The change of light triggers them to drop their summer coat in preparation for a thicker winter coat to grow. Seasonal shedding is noticed most in dogs with double coats, such as Australian Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Collies, Samoyeds, and any dog with a similar coat. These types of coats tend to undergo two primary shed cycles a year, in the spring and the fall. To get a grip on seasonal shedding on double-coated breeds, you will want to make frequent use of a slicker brush with long bristles, a comb, and a rake. For the best results use Chris Christensen Big G and Big K Long Pin Slicker BrushesArronco Aluminum Honeycomb, and V Rake Dematter.

Smooth-coated breeds shed all the time, but often more heavily during seasonal changes. This is because smooth coats are made up of short hairs, and short hair has a fast growth cycle. From the time it emerges from the follicle until the time its growth is complete is brief, so Pugs, Dalmatians, Dobermans, and the like sprinkle their smooth coats like glitter, everywhere, all the time. Try using a tool like Shedrow K9 Magnetic Jelly Scrubber the next time you wash your smooth-coated dog. You'll be amazed how much shedding hair comes out right in the tub if you employ a scrubber while you wash and condition your pet's coat. Once your pet is dried, a tool like Crown Royale Sporting Dog EquiGroomer Shedding Tool will effectively remove even more of that pesky shedding fur. 

Pets with long, flowing coats, such as Old English Sheepdogs, Lhasa Apso's, Maltese, and Yorkshire Terriers, are not immune from seasonal changes, but the effect is less noticeable because the growth cycle of these coats takes a long time. If these breeds are maintained with their coats long, pet owners may notice they are more likely to tangle quickly in the spring and fall and find they need more frequent brushing, bathing, and fluff drying to keep those locks tangle-free. In conjunction with a slicker brush and comb, "T" shaped pin brushes work wonderfully on long coats. Try using Safari Wooden Handle Shedding Combs and Chris Christensen Original Series T-Brush.

To keep your pet's coat in top shape during the shedding season, there are shampoos, conditioners, and coat sprays that help free the shedding coat so it can be brushed and combed away before tangles form. These products contain ingredients that smooth the hair shafts of the falling fur, causing them to more easily slide out from the rest of the fur as the pet is dried, brushed, and combed. For best results use Best Shot UltraMAX Pro ShampooBest Shot Ultra Plenish Conditioner, and Best Shot Ultra Vitalizing Mist.

Never underestimate the effect of an excellent shampoo, condition, and fluff dry when it comes to ridding your pet of shedding fur. So much of the dead coat will come out during the bathing process, and clean, conditioned hair, free from dirt, is easier to brush and comb. When it comes to shedding, frequent brushing, combing, and keeping the coat clean are the most effective solutions.

Oct 5th 2021 Daryl Conner

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