Dog shedding and Cat shedding
Can I prevent shedding in my pet?
Dog shedding and cat shedding questions.
Shedding is a common question that I get asked about on this website. Although often not a medical condition, it bothers lots of owners and can even be the reason people give up their pets, or do not get a pet in the first place.
Shedding is a natural thing for pets to do. Different breeds of cats and dogs shed differently. Some shed all year round, other seasonally. Different breeds can shed more than others as well. Poodles and Schnauzers are some of the breeds that don’t shed very much at all. Their hair grows continuously and needs to be cut. Breeds like Golden Retriever and German Shepard shed seasonally, so they shed the most during fall and spring. Short haired cats and dogs (like Terriers) shed continuously. But there are other conditions where the pet may shed excessively.
Conditions leading to excessive shedding:
• Dry coat
• Skin disease
• Hormonal diseases: like Cushing’s disease, etc.
• Some drugs, or medical treatments
There are many new products on the market claiming that they can stop or reduce pet shedding. Some of these are in the form of pills or pastes.
Ingredients in shed stoppers.
Most contain Omega 3 fatty acids, usually from an ingredient called flax seed. Which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid and fiber.
Vitamins are another popular ingredient of shed stoppers. Vitamins like A, B, D, and E are added to these products to help improve the hair coat. The healthier the hair coat, the less shedding there should be.
Also, minerals are added as well. Zinc, copper, and selenium are common to help reduce dog shedding and cat shedding.
Many also contain the products from fat containing seeds, like sunflower, and flax seed. If you have an obese pet be careful about giving your pet these products because they can be high in fat.As always, your Veterinarian is a good person to consult with before trying one of these products. They may be able to tell you their experience with them as well.
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