6 Tips for Dog Shedding in Kampala

6 Tips for Dog Shedding in Kampala

Shedding season is a time when most dogs shed their coats to make way for a thicker coat (or in some countries with summer, a lighter coat) in preparation for the rainy season(s). In Kampala, shedding happens twice a year; in April/May and in August/September. Pets that do shed typically shed year-round, but the shedding tends to increase twice a year, especially as the weather gets colder.


Seasonal shedding, the phenomenon known as “blowing coat,” sometimes comes as a surprise — and not in a good way — to parents of shorthaired dogs such as Beagles, Pugs, Labrador Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs and German Shepherds — with large clumps of fur on the floor. Suddenly, you’re faced with tufts of shed hair sticking out and then falling off. You ponder whether you should take your dog to the veterinarian or groomer because his coat looks so fuzzy.

Maltese, Yorkies, Havenese, Shih Tzu and more drop coated breeds DO shed. There is a common misconception that these breeds do not shed, but they do. Unlike their Labrador and German Shepherd friends that shed onto the floor, these breeds shed, and the shed hair remains in their coat. It is dull and fuzzy, and has a higher likelihood to mat and tangle. Know that all dogs shed. Some breeds shed minimally, while others shed a lot.


The rhythm of hair loss is four beats: growth, rest, loss and replacement. Hair takes its cues for loss and growth from the hours of daylight to which it’s exposed. As the days grow shorter, the coat may shed to make way for a thicker coat. Blowing coat can last for a couple of weeks or more than a month. Here are some tips to help you survive with your sanity intact.


1. Brush every day, or at least every other day.

Brush everyday or every other day

Bond with your dog during shedding season by brushing your dog more. Brushing helps to reduce piles of hair on your floor. The time you spend brushing your pet is also one of the best ways to strengthen the bond between you!


For drop coated dogs, it is important to take the time to comb out your dog every day, especially before the bath, to prevent mats and tangles.


For double-coated dogs like Beagles, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies, help keep the shed hair under-control by using an undercoat rake. This brush will remove the loose undercoat and keep clumps of hair off your floor. Do not shave your double-coat down. It might seem like the easier choice to reduce shedding, but it is bad for your dog’s coat in the long run. Also, a short-clipped double-coat will not actually shed any less, though the shed hairs will be shorter and less noticeable.


How often should you brush or comb your dog? Daily for at least 30 minutes for best results, or at least every other day. The more brushing you do, the less loose shed hair there will be. Also, the better quality your brushes are, the more hair you’ll be able to remove.


2. Use the right tools for grooming.

Use the the right tools for grooming


Use the right tool when grooming your dog. Whether a brush or comb is the right tool depends on the thickness of your pet’s coat. There are a variety of grooming tools available that have different purposes. If you’re not sure which one to get, read this article, or contact us to determine which specific grooming tool best fits your needs as well as how to use it.


3. Feed nutrient-rich dog food.

Feed nutrient rich dog food


You can support healthy shedding by feeding a nutrient-rich dog food diet that is low in fillers and supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids that keep the skin and coat smooth and shiny. Feeding a diet rich in minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and essential oils will improve the condition of your pet’s coat. While changing up food won’t eliminate shedding, it will help your pet to grow a healthy coat. Remember to make any changes to your pet’s diet gradually.


4. Relax, and enlist a professional groomer.

Relax and enlist a professional groomer

Shedding is very normal, natural and healthy for your dog! Plus it won’t last forever. And don’t forget, if you need an extra pair of hands to get through this season, enlist a professional groomer. We have the tools and training to get excess loose coat out.


It is very important to keep up a grooming schedule year-round to keep the coat healthy. Your pet will also better tolerate prolonged grooming during dog shedding season if they are used to being groomed year-round.


5. Know when to seek Veterinary care. 

Know when to seek veterinary care

If you notice that your dog is shedding excessively than usual, consult your veterinarian. Unusual shedding patterns, such as hair loss in patches, symmetrical hair loss on certain parts of the body, hair loss accompanied by another skin problem, bald spots or thinning of coat, open sores of any kind, constant foot licking or face rubbing may indicate a more serious issue. Dogs who suffer from allergies or stress may also shed excessively and benefit from a vet visit to target and treat the cause of their health issues.


6. Remove hair from furniture and your dog's bed as soon as possible. 

Remove hair from furniture


Hair that is newly shed is easier to remove before it works its way into upholstery fabric. If you allow pets on your furniture or bed, a vacuum cleaner, or pet hair pick-up roller is one of the best tools for removing hair. If you do not have any of these, shaking your dog’s bed, or using a dry rubber glove can help to remove hair off of furniture and the dog bed. Alternatively, invest in a few furniture throws to keep your furniture looking and smelling better.


Remember that routine brushing and grooming are an important part of every pet's care. By paying attention to your pet's diet and following these tips, you can significantly reduce the amount of pet hair in your home, on your furniture, and in your car.


Information for this article was sourced from vetstreet.com, chewy.comfourpaws.com, m.drsfostersmith.com, and pets.webmd.com.