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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"

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Kasman wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:44 PM

This is why many people prefer poodles. They do shed but not near as much as other breeds. Of course, you could always get a Mexican Hairless Dog! :)

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:01 PM

I do not bathe them much in the winter. The worst one I had was a wolf. This time of year she could shake and send up a cloud of hair.

Kat- wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:31 PM

Now I understand why our dog seems to shed year round. I could probably knit a sweater from her fur off the floor in the kitchen and bathroom alone, if I knitted. lol I know the cats contribute to it also, but it's good to know that it's not abnormal.

McIntire wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:35 PM

I only bathed Jemi once a month-6 wks., depending on how aromatic she was, lol! But now we do it every 2 weeks, and it has made a difference.
My brother and sis-in-law had 2 wolf-dogs a long time ago...they scared me senseless!

McIntire wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:39 PM

Oh, those poor hairless dogs...and cats!!! I suppose one would dress them as you would a child. I live in the mountains of WV, USA, and we have very cold winters usually; I'd have to knit tiny snowsuits, lol!
Oh, thanks for the tip about the photo credit. I did read the Q&A but thought what credit I had would suffice. I tried to edit my posts but the link isn't working.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:08 PM

After some training arguments between me and her she was great. Very loyal to her family. I will have to consider the bathing more but I hate getting wet too this time of year.

VinceSummers wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:25 AM

Our dogs live in the basement. Our cats, however, are mostly upstairs. Reasonable vacuuming takes care of the cats. The dogs are much heavier shedders.

seren3 wrote on January 9, 2015, 4:33 PM

My mother used to vacuum her bassett hounds when they shed - most of the time. They liked it!