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Is your dog shedding too much?

Shedding hair allows your dog’s coat to release unhealthy or damaged hair and make room for new growth.

Pet hair grows in three phases. The initial rapid phase, then a short phase at the end of growth, followed by the resting stage. Current research suggests that shed hair is actually new hair growing to replace hair in the resting stage. So stimulating hair growth in your dog may actually make shedding worse.

In ancient times, shedding provided the opportunity to grow a thick winter coat then shed it in the spring. Many outdoor dogs and cats shed to varying degrees in spring and fall: indoor pets may shed all year long.

Dogs who are frequently groomed shed less because their hair never reaches the resting phase. Longhaired dogs may appear to shed more, but this is really just an illusion because their long hair strands are easier to notice. The color of your dog’s hair also influences how noticeable hair is around the house.

Ways to minimize shedding include a quality diet. Pet Express carries many brands that contain adequate levels of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Frequent brushing with a soft bristle brush removes excess hair and dry skin flakes. Brushing also stimulates good circulation which improves the health of skin and coat, and redistributes skin oils into the fur, helping it stay in place.

Shedding is a normal occurrence in pets. Diet and proper grooming can minimize the mess.

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