For many dog owners, changing their fur in spring is a horror. Unpleasant balls of fur can be found everywhere, etc. It is interesting to know that not all dog breeds shed the same amount. As a rule, dogs with a thick undercoat shed more hair than dogs without this insulating layer. Depending on the breed, dogs have an average of 1,000 to 9,000 hairs per square centimeter of skin. Humans, on the other hand, only have 150 to 500 hairs.
Useful outdoors – disruptive indoors
Like almost all mammals in our latitudes, dogs also change their coat in spring and late autumn. When exactly shedding occurs depends on the length of daylight and the temperature and usually lasts 5-7 weeks. This is necessary to adapt to changing outdoor conditions – after all, a dog does not normally wear clothing to compensate for temperature fluctuations.
What makes sense outdoors is more of a nuisance indoors: Owners of long-haired breeds with thick undercoats in particular sometimes literally walk through mountains of hair during the coat change. But the change of fur is also not without its consequences for the dogs themselves: dull fur, inner restlessness, increased need for nutrients and much more make shedding a stressful time for the dogs themselves. Luckily, there are ways to make shedding more pleasant for both dog and owner.
Support the coat change
- Most of the problems that dogs have during shedding arise from the increased need for certain nutrients in the hair. It is therefore advisable to support the shedding period primarily through a targeted change in diet. During this phase, the four-legged friend’s organism needs a lot of protein and large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids.
- The body needs the protein to form keratin, a component of hair. It prevents the hair from becoming brittle and brittle. You can specifically feed your dog protein by replacing a meal with raw meat, occasionally mixing a boiled egg into the food, mixing in some low-fat quark or even Use DOG FIT IMMUN with colostrum, which has proven particularly effective here.
- The necessary unsaturated fatty acids are contained in various oils, for example. We have developed DOG FIT by PreThis SHINE for this purpose.
- In addition, you can take a targeted treatment with vitamin B from the DOG FIT Vitamin B Complex. So your four-legged friend is optimally prepared for the hairy times.
Dog hair everywhere
There is still one problem: What can you as a dog owner do about the mountains of hair in the apartment? The most banal thing is the most helpful: brush, brush, brush! Comb your dog every day during shedding – even better: several times a day! Not only can you remove loose hair, but you also improve blood circulation and strengthen the bond between you and your four-legged friend. For dogs that shed heavily, there are also special brushes, such as the Furminator, which can be used to specifically thin out the fur. Special brushes with hooks and tines are suitable for detangling, and there are also special devices that can also be used to thin out the undercoat.
Of course, you can’t completely avoid dog hair flying around the apartment. Sweeping, vacuuming and mopping are therefore ongoing tasks during this time. Hair can be easily removed from upholstered furniture with rubber brushes; hair from clothing is still best removed with a clothes roller. The tumble dryer is also a great help when changing fur: just 5 minutes in the dryer help to effectively remove hair from clothing.
Even the hairiest times come to an end
A tip from nature: Add two to five young, finely chopped dandelion leaves to your food every day for several weeks. This is simple but effective and a good spring treatment for skin and hair. Let yourself be taken by what’s comingDon’t stress about shedding: Admittedly, it’s a stressful time for both dog and owner, but this hairy time will come to an end. And with our tips you will finally be well prepared for the coat change!
A food supplement for skin and hair is also useful
For some dogs, especially older ones, it’s not just the shedding that is visibly difficult. The fact that the metabolism has changed over the years can often be seen first in older dogs by looking at their fur. The undercoat becomes greasy and the main hair becomes dull, dull and brittle. This is where the omega-3-6-9 fatty acids come into play again, which are particularly important for skin and hair.
Our recommendation is the product DOG FIT by PreThis® SHINE. The 100% natural product has proven to be a useful addition to good food and can help your dog regain its beautiful, shiny coat, without itching or dandruff. The SHINE product supplies the body with valuable unsaturated fatty acids, all of which come from sustainable production. These improve the elasticity and resistance of skin and hair cells. Omega 3 fatty acids in particular protect and support inflammatory skin diseases, as well as itching or dandruff.
The use of DOG FIT by PreThis® SHINE is very simple! Administer 1 capsule per day with food or wrapped in a treat. As with almost all natural products, please be patient with the effect. After just 2 to 3 weeks you will notice a healthier appearance in your dog thanks to the targeted supply of important nutrients for skin and hair. But of course that doesn’t mean that you can do without the normal care as described above. There is also nothing wrong with administering SHINE permanently in order to maintain the elasticity and resistance of the skin and hair cells. Many dog lovers are absolutely thrilled!
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