Tips to Reduce Shedding in Dogs and Cats
Excessive shedding is one of the most common complaints of animal guardians, especially during certain times of year. Regular grooming and shampooing with natural shampoos such as 1800PetMeds Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner can help remove dander, allergens and loose hair. I have found nutritional supplements work better than topically applied products to help with shedding.
The most important consideration is whether an animal is on a good diet. To help reduce shedding, I recommend a natural diet made with whole meats or meat meals and preserved naturally without any by-products or artificial additives or preservatives. Pet food diets such as Halo and Nature’s Variety are examples of excellent brands.
For pet owners interested in making homemade diets for their pet, I would refer to the book Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD for the ingredient proportions of his healthy powder, which can dramatically help reduce shedding and enhance coat quality. The main ingredients of the healthy powder include kelp powder, lecithin granules, powdered vitamin C, bone meal and nutritional torula yeast. These can all be combined and added as a single supplement to a natural diet to help cut down on shedding. In addition, digestive tract enzymes and probiotics such as NaturVet Enzymes, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids such as Super Pure Omega 3 and Nordic Naturals also make great supplements that can help reduce shedding and enhance health and well-being.
Have you found a product or nutritional supplement to significantly help reduce your pet’s shedding? Share your experienced with us in the comments below!