It may be messy, but shedding is natural to both dogs and cats. In the spring, your pet sheds its winter coat and in the fall, shedding makes room for the re-growth of its winter coat. But what can you do if your pet is sheds excessively?
The first cause of excessive shedding may be insufficient grooming. A regular, daily routine of combing and brushing with good quality tools controls shedding and keeps your pet’s coat in top shape. After all, regular brushing ensures that excess fur is collected and disposed of in the garbage rather than on your couch or rugs.
The next thing to do is to make sure that your pet is free of worms or parasites. These unwanted infestations rob your pet of nutrients from food, which has inevitable effects on your pet’s overall health.
One of the most important keys to controlling shedding is proper nutrition. Cheap, low quality food may fill your pet’s stomach, but often leads to nutrient deficiencies that may result in a host of health problems, including excessive hair loss. Choose a high quality food that is also low in additives.
Your pet needs a sufficient and complete selection of vitamins and nutrients to maintain proper health from the inside out. Consider supplementing with multivitamins and essential fatty acids, such as those found in flax seed. A digestive enzyme supplement can also keep your pet healthy by aiding the body to fully extract nutrients from food.
In extreme cases, excessive shedding might indicate a more serious illness or health condition. Consult with your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and course of treatment.
Global Pet Foods in Keswick is your source for top quality foods, supplements and accessories to keep your pet healthy and happy. Call 905-476-0575 or visit www.globalpetfoods.ca.