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Shedding Myths

1. Dogs only shed their coats in Spring, so it's abnormal that my dog is shedding so much in October.

Busted. Depending on the breed of dog and its environment, dogs can shed every day. Some dogs have two shedding seasons: Fall and Spring. Usually the shedding season of Fall is less abundant than Spring because they are shedding their Summer coats which are lighter than the Winter coats shed during the Spring.

NOTE: Many short-haired dogs shed year round, requiring constant clean up of pet hair. For daily use we recommend the Petmate Pocket Pet Hair Roller because of its small size.

Bichons and Poodles shed too!

2. People who are allergic to dogs should own Bichon Frises or Poodles, because they don't shed.

Busted. All dogs shed, except for hairless dogs. With that being said, it is true that Bichons, Poodles and a handful of other dogs shed less than other dogs, and could be good pets for allergy sufferers. Even though some low shedding dogs are double coated, they shed less because of the texture of their hair. Wiry, stiff and curly hair breeds tend to lose less dead hair compared to breeds with finer hair.

3. Shaving my dog will prevent him from shedding and will also cut down on grooming costs.

Busted. Shaving a dog does not prevent the dog from shedding, it merely makes the shedding less noticeable. When a shaved dog sheds its hair, it will be less likely to clog vacuums and clump into annoying floor piles. However it's important to think of your environment before shaving a dog. If your dog is constantly exposed to cold weather it will need its coat to protect itself. You wouldn't play in the snow without clothes on, would you?

NOTE: Grooming your dog at home is easy and saves hundreds in groomer bills. The Oster A5 Single Speed Animal Clipper allows any pet owner to safely trim or shave their pet in the comfort of their own home.

4. "Coat blow" is when a dog gets their coat blown dry at the groomers.

Busted. Coat blow is defined as the shed of an undercoat. This is a healthy way for dogs to empty their follicles and prepare for new growth. A dog's undercoat is the hair closest to the skin of the dog. Double coated dogs blow their coat twice a year, during Spring and Fall. In Fall they blow their Summer undercoat and in Spring they blow their Winter undercoat.

5. Season changes are always accountable for excessive shedding.

Busted. Although this is often the case, there are several factors that influence shedding in dogs. Hair length and growth cycle are main factors, as well as nutrition, hormones, disease, stress and parasites.

NOTE: Along with excessive shedding, stressed dogs are also likely to pant, whine, shake and lose their appetite. Keep your pet stress-free with the Dog Appeasing Pheromone, a diffuser that plugs into any 2-prong electrical outlet.

Cat Shedding Myths

1. Bengals are a great choice for people looking for a
non-shedding cat.

Busted. All cats, except bald cats like the Sphynx, shed.

2. Cats that constantly groom themselves
shed more than normal cats.

Busted. Cats lick or groom themselves to rid their hair of dirt and debris. There are several other reasons why cats lick themselves, none of which would cause the follicles to release hair unless the cat was ill.

Tips to Reduce Shedding

Recommended Shampoo:
Using strong shampoos can cause your pet's skin to dry up and become itchy. The more itchy and dry your pet's skin is, the more likely they are to shed. We recommend using shampoos made for normal or dry skin dogs because their ingredients are usually less harsh than medicated or coarse hair shampoos. Vita-Soothe Aloe and Oatmeal Shampoo is a hypoallergenic shampoo formulated to provide relief from itchy, scaling, and sensitive skin.

Other Recommended Shampoos: Vet Solutions Aloe & Oatmeal Shampoo, PearLyt Shampoo, Furminator Shampoo for Dogs and Cats.

Daily brushing helps the coat release dead hair that would normally end up on your floor. Brushes for grooming must be picked based on the type of hair your pet has. Along with regular brushes, we also carry anti-shedding brushes for long-haired dogs or heavy shedders. These specialized brushes feature fine teeth and are made of metal or rubber.
Recommended Brush:

Other Recommended Brushes: Lazor Laube Blade Rake, Millers Forge DeShedding Tools, Dog Zoom Groom

Maintaining a healthy skin and coat starts from the inside out and should be a part of your dog's daily diet. Fish oil provides Omega-3 fatty acids capable of keeping your dog's skin and coat lustrous. Also B Vitamins help maintain skin and coat and prevent conditions that cause dry skin.
Recommended Supplement:

Other Recommended Supplements: Omega-Caps Softgels, Derm Tabs, Icelandic Salmon Oil

Shedding Myths Busted