How to Deal with Spring Dog Shedding

As the winter weather begins to subside and the days grow a bit longer, pet owners face a familiar challenge: spring dog shedding. While a completely natural process, this free-fur-all can often leave your homes covered in hair and your patience wearing thin. Fear not! With the proper approach and the right pet resort partner, managing your dog’s spring shedding can be a breeze.

When it comes to expert care, Paws & Play Pet Resort in Tuckahoe, NY, stands ready to ensure your furry friend is not only well-groomed but also the envy of the neighborhood.

Understanding Spring Shedding

First things first. Why is this happening? As springtime arrives, dogs naturally begin to lose their winter coats to prepare their bodies for warmer weather. The extent of shedding varies by breed, with dogs like Labradors and Huskies being heavy hitters, while Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers drop very little due to their continuously growing hair​​. Whether your dog sheds seasonally or year-round, spring often marks a time of increased shedding as they transition to lighter coats for the summer​​​​.

Tips for Managing Spring Shedding

There are a few key things you, as a pet owner, can do to make life a little less furry-ous.

  • Regular Brushing: A huge part of managing your dog’s shedding is regular brushing, as it helps to loosen fur before it ends up on your furniture and floors. The type of brush you use should match your dog’s coat, with slicker brushes, bristle brushes, and de-shedder tools among the most popular (AND recommended)​​.
  • Proper Nutrition: A healthy diet enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids can support your dog’s skin and coat health, reducing excessive shedding. Look for high-quality dog food that’s low in fillers and consider supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids to keep their coat smooth and shiny​​.
  • Regular Baths: Using the right shampoo and conditioner can help manage hair issues by improving coat health and making brushing more effective. However, it’s important not to overdo things, as excessive bathing can dry out your dog’s skin and lead to more shedding​​. Talk to a professional about frequency.
  • Invest in Professional Grooming: Sometimes, the best way to manage shedding is to have someone else handle it completely. So, call in the pros. Regular visits to a pet salon can significantly reduce the amount of loose fur and help maintain your dog’s coat and skin health.

Paws & Play Pet Resort: Your Spring Shedding Solution

Paws & Play Pet Resort wants to be your premier destination for tackling spring dog shedding. Our professionally trained and caring staff offer a range of grooming services, including:

  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Brush-outs
  • Toenail trimming
  • Teeth brushing
  • De-shedding treatments
  • Breath freshening
  • Ear cleanings

Our salon offers all the luxuries of a human spa, ensuring a pampering experience that will leave your pet looking fabulous.

Serving Tuckahoe, NY, and all of Westchester County, Paws & Play is far more than just a grooming salon. We provide stimulating daycare and luxurious spa services, making us the perfect choice for pet owners looking to give their pets the best care possible. Reach out to us today to learn more.