Overwhelmed By Pet Shedding?
This time last year I was sweeping up dog hair in literally every room of our house, at least twice a day. The kitchen was the worse, but probably because we have a white tiled kitchen floor and the offender has pitch-black, straight hair. And even at that, there was those to be found in odd places, like the refrigerator or a toilet seat. Not that our fur-baby, Jemimah Jo, spent much time in every room, or browsed the goodies in the ‘frig, or used the commode like a big kid. The sweeping, the vacuuming and the “swiftering” was really getting annoying, not only tiresome.
The afternoon a guest found a tell-tale, black Jemi hair in her salad, I wanted to slither down in my chair and onto the floor. I’ve had indoor dogs for the past 18 years and never before encountered this problem. We brushed her daily and used a lint roller on her every other day. Didn’t seem to make a difference. So we took her to our vet in case she needed vitamins or had some medical condition.
Our vet just chuckled a bit when I told him I could knit another dog out of the hair our pup was shedding on a weekly basis. My hubby asked if we were brushing and “rolling” TOO much, and pulling the hair out, which brought on one of those indulgent vet-type smiles.
After a thorough examination, he gave Jemimah a clean bill of health, and informed us that all dogs were different as far as shedding “seasons” were concerned. I always though animals shed in Spring and Fall, but that just showed that I didn’t know what I thought I did. And me, a certified veterinarians assistant! (Blush, blush)
Anyway, seems indoor dogs shed more than those kept outside, and that’s because they are exposed to two different temperatures on a daily basis. But ALL dogs do shed; how often depends on hair type and breed. OK, we got that. But were we actually causing more hair loss by excessive brushing and using the roller on her?
Seems not. I always thought that during the colder months, an indoor dog shouldn’t be bathed too often due to the chance of them catching a chill or getting dry skin due to indoor heat. Wrong again. ( I’m trying to remember just how much money I paid to that Veterinary Assistant tech school, because either the info was current 50 years ago or I failed the entire course! Not likely, though, since I DID get my certification)
The facts are that dogs should be brushed daily or every other day, a lint roller is perfectly acceptable for the loose hair, and your fur-baby should be bathed every one to two weeks. This all helps to remove the dead hair. He also advised giving a small dose of omega-3 oil every day to prevent dryness. It keeps Jemi’s black coat glistening like satin.
So this year the shedding is MUCH less work, believe me. The stray dog hairs we find in odd places are just what we pick up from her, of course.
If this little tale can help someone, I’m glad. Maybe you can pass it on to others who are being overwhelmed by this normal shedding process.
Image Credit » Photo Credit: Amanda McIntire, copyright 1/4/2015 "Jemimah Jo"