Double-coated dogs typically moult twice per year: during autumn, they'll lose their light undercoat to make room for a thicker coat. In the spring, that thick undercoat falls out, leaving a light undercoat. This is why you'll notice a layer of fur all over your furniture, clothes, car, and everything your dog touches. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make moulting season more manageable.
Consult Your Groomer
Contrary to popular belief, shaving down your dog's double coat will not eliminate or lessen moulting. This only makes the hairs shorter and somewhat less noticeable. Your dog needs their double coat to keep them warm in the winter, and it actually acts as insulation during the summer, keeping cool air close to your dog's skin and protecting it from the harsh rays of the sun.Instead, your groomer can brush out your dog's loose undercoat. Your groomer may use a high velocity dryer to blow out the loose fur. Then, they can recommend the best way to manage your dog's coat between appointments.
Feed A Fur-Healthy DietExcessive moulting, especially if it occurs year-round, can sometimes be attributed to a poor diet. Foo intolerances can cause thinning fur. Adding a source of omega-3 fatty acids like Salmon Oil can improve your dog's coat quality and result in less moulting.Rotate your dog's food at least once every three months. If your pet only eats one type of food, they can develop an intolerance to one of the ingredients. The most common food allergies in dogs include beef, chicken, dairy, corn, soy and wheat. A yeasty odour, itchy ears and excessive moulting are symptoms of a food intolerance. If these symptoms do not subside within two weeks of trying a new food, ask your veterinarian for an allergy test.
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