Category Archives: Shedding

Dogs That Shed The Least – 5 Breeds

1. Maltese

Expressive and playful, the Maltese is a little bundle of fun. They stand out from the crowd with their stark, pure white coats and black-button eyes. Malteses have no undercoat and their long, silky hair requires regular maintenance.

2. English Springer Spaniel

Built to be hunters’ companions, the English Springer Spaniel is happiest getting plenty of exercise. The show dog version of this breed has longer fur than those bred for the field, and both require regular grooming.

3. Chihuahua

Depictions of the Chihuahua can be found in early Mexican paintings. Chihuahuas have the largest brain of any dog breed relative to its size. There are two varieties of this ancient breed: long and smooth coat.

4. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is known for its long, flowing double coat and affectionate nature. While their flowing tresses may appear intimidating, a quick daily brush will keep the grooming of these “Chinese lion dogs” hassle-free.

5. French Bulldog

With their distinctive bat ears and smushed-in faces, French Bulldogs are irresistible companion dogs. The Frenchie’s minimal grooming and small size make them excellent pets in smaller dwellings.


Diana Ruth Davidson, Chief Pet Officer and Managing Nanny, Westside Dog Nanny

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Dog Shedding Solutions

 Shedding in Dogs

If you read or hear about how some breeds of dogs don’t shed, you can discount it. Every dog sheds – some more than others – but they all shed.  Read on for some dog shedding solutions.

So why then do some dogs appear not to shed while others shed so much you could weave a thick blanket out of the discarded fur? The answer lies in the growth rate of the hair, which is based on genetics, nutrition and environment.

Shedding is the process by which old hair naturally falls out and new hair begins to grow in its place. The new hair does not “push out” the old hair. Since hair growth and loss is a continual cycle, there is no true starting point.

When dogs run free in the wild, they brush up against bushes, trees and other flora. This action removes old hair naturally. Our house pets need brushing to accomplish this same goal and to prevent large amounts of hair from accumulating in the coat. But brushing is also good for your dog. It not only decreases the amount of hair on your clothes and furniture; it also stimulates the blood supply to the skin. And brushing your dog’s hair helps to prevent skin parasites, such as mites, fleas and ticks, from infesting your pet and your home and keeps unsightly and sometimes painful mats from forming.

Once the individual old hair has been removed, new hair can form. The growth of hair occurs in three cycles:

  • Anagen. This is the initial hair-growing phase, the period of active production by the hair follicle.
  • Catagen. After the hair has grown to a specific length, determined by genetics, the hair enters this temporary transitional state.
  • Telogen. After a brief time, the hair then enters the final resting phase or non-growing state.Exactly when the hair falls from the follicle and sheds depends on environment, heredity and nutrition. For “non-shedding” dogs, the hair growth is much slower and few hairs are shed at a time, giving the false impression that the dog does not shed.At any point, approximately 90 percent of a dog’s hair is in the growth stage. The remaining hair is in either the resting or transitional phase. The growing phase occurs in patterns and is not synchronized all over the body.Shedding in dogs is influenced by the amount of time spent in the sunlight and by temperature fluctuations. Outdoor dogs usually shed their thick undercoat in the spring to prepare for warmer weather. Indoor dogs shed all year long but in smaller amounts, since they are exposed to a more constant temperature and consistent light source. A dog’s shedding cycle may also change as the pet ages or becomes ill.Some female dogs shed more hair than usual after they have been in heat. This usually occurs around 3 to 4 years of age, if at all. Some breeders refer to this as “blowing their coat.”Puppies‘ coats are usually fuzzy with short, downy hair. In some breeds this hair may not change to the adult coat until the age of 5 months. The best time to begin grooming is when your pet is still a puppy. By spending a few minutes every day gently brushing your puppy, you are creating a close, trusting bond. Eventually, your dog may look forward to this time every day.

    Adequate grooming, proper diet and exercise all contribute to a shiny, healthy-looking coat and a happy pet. If your dog appears to be losing a large amount of hair and/or if the coat is dull and dry, see your veterinarian.

Grooming Tips for Dog Shedding Solutions

Brush short-coated dogs two to three times per week whether they have smooth or rough hair. You can use a hound glove (a grooming glove with wire bristles in the palm) with medium-soft bristles. Gently brush in the direction of hair growth (with the grain).

Medium-coated dogs like golden retrievers require a slightly firmer bristle brush. Be sure to brush the feathering (longer hair) on the chest and legs, too. Again brush with the grain of the hair.

Long-coated dogs, such as Yorkshire terriers and Afghan hounds, require a soft, long-bristle brush and wide-tooth comb and should be brushed daily. Grasp a handful of hair and gently brush from the skin outward, paying special attention to mats. Severe mats can only be removed by careful shaving, which should only be done by your veterinarian or a professional groomer. Combing afterward can help smooth the coat.

Dogs with double coats, such as Alaskan malamutes and Pomeranians, require a stiff long-bristle or wire brush. These breeds have a thicker undercoat that can get trapped in the outer coat during shedding. Brush with the grain of the hair at least two to three times weekly. Daily brushing is recommended during the shedding period.

Carder or slicker brushes are also useful. These consist of a small, flat board with multiple, fine wire teeth on one side and a short handle. They are especially useful with mats. You may need to experiment with several types of brushes before you find the one that is best for your dog.

Brushing is only one part of a thorough grooming regimen, and if done on a regular basis, only about 10 minutes a day are needed. To learn more about grooming, consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer.


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Naturally Lower Pet Shedding

How to decrease your pet’s shedding, and help your own hair grow.

All pets shed – even the nearly hairless breeds such as Mexican Hairless dogs do so.

Dog shedding usually occurs in between seasons. They shed during spring to let go of old hairs as new ones push their way through. They also shed in late autumn to get rid of their lighter undercoat in exchange for a heavy and dense undercoat for the winter season.
Many cat and dogs also shed when they are emotionally stressed or frightened.
We cannot stop our pets from shedding; however, we can do several things to keep stray hair to a minimum. As well, if your dog or cats sheds excessively, it may be an indication that his skin is not as healthy as it should be.
So what can you do?
Here’s ONE thing you likely haven’t heard about..
What blackstrap molasses can do for your pets and yourself
Good for hair – One serving (two tablespoons) of blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair’s original color!

Decrease in Dog and Cat Shedding- Dose it at 1 teaspoon/10lbs daily. If your pet’s hair is healthy, then it’s less likely to fall out prematurely. If your dog or cat is deficient in some to the nutrients required for healthy hair coat, then molasses can help with B vitamins, copper, iron, antioxidants.Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.

Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.

Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.

High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.

Diana Ruth Davidson, Chief Pet Officer and Managing Nanny, Westside Dog Nanny

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How to Stop Cat Shedding

10 Ways to Deal With and Stop Cat  Shedding

Cats shed — it’s a fact. Accept it, then consider these ways to contain it as best you can.

You’re standing in line at the airport, waiting to check your luggage, and a well-dressed woman says to you, “I can see you have pets.” When this happened to me, I quickly looked over my clothes to make sure I wasn’t covered in cat hair. But she pointed to my canvas suitcase, which had a layer of fur stuck to it.

Cat hair ends up on furniture, floors, our clothes, and inside and outside of our luggage. Cat hair also goes where we don’t expect it, because individual hairs can float in the air. Cats also can go where dogs can’t, so you’ll find it in more places — even surprising ones. I have found cat hair in my coffee cup, on the stove where my cats aren’t allowed, and even stuck to my lips after applying lip gloss.

Susan Logan McCracken

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Diana Ruth Davidson, Chief Pet Officer and Managing Nanny, Westside Dog Nanny
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