PetMeds® Tips on Reducing Your Dog’s Shedding

A client came in today and asked why her pet sheds so much. This common question can have many potential causes from the normal shedding cycles that dogs and cats go through, dietary imbalances, hormonal imbalances, as well as allergic and parasitic skin diseases. Only a proper veterinary exam and full workup can help sort all of these possibilities out.

For simple cases of excessive shedding, I will often recommend regular shampooing and conditioner application to facilitate the shedding process and encourage growth of healthy fur with shampoos like 1800PetMeds Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner to be used as often as a few times weekly during times of excessive shedding. I also will often recommend nutritional supplements such as Shed Terminator. I also find that supplementing with fatty acids such as Super Pure Omega 3 or Be Well, in addition to digestive enzymes to enhance absorption of such nutrients with products like Naturvet Probiotics & Enzymes, also dramatically help many excessively shedding pets, as well as their frustrated owners who have to clean up all of that extra hair!

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  1. i use Vitahound supplement that helps my dog with shedding and makes her coat very soft. It seems to have helped her with the itching which usually gets bad this time of year. My dog loves it too.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Our pets have benefited greatly from PetMed’s affordable pricing, however our dog’s scratching and shedding was finally relieved by adding VitaHound’s dog supplement to their diet, this was after years of medications that never worked. No worries at least I avoided spending a fortune on meds like some of our friends who still purchase their pet’s prescriptions directly from their vets. I also found success with Dinovite’s supplement, I have really come to trust the info on Petmed’s site, hopefully their experts will expand their articles to pet supplements.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I try to include as much information as I can on nutritional supplements for dogs in my answers and articles.

  5. I knowm labs shed a lot. but my 2 yr old has been shedding a lot since day one she eats healthy food gets brushed washed and groom regularly also takes omega 3s.but still sheds heavily with white dander also vet doesnt have many solutions……does anybody?? thanks

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Consider home made diet such as those recipes found on If that not possible, then consider natural low carb low grain diet like wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. Add enzymes to meals like naturevet enzymes as well.

  7. I was checking on a product for our clinic and ran across this post, recently we have had dramatic success treating allergic dermatitis resulting from food allergies. I felt compelled to comment upon reviewing the suggestions of Naturevet, VitaHound and Dinovite. These supplements include a powerful enzyme, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation. We recently started recommending an agriculture grade microbial supplement with the Aspergillus enzyme as its core constituent and our patients are experiencing curative results.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience.

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