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Top 10 Products to Stop Your Dog from Shedding

No one enjoys fur all over their clothes and home. So for those heavy shedders, we curated a group of products to help stop your dog from shedding.

 

FURminator de Shedding Tool for Dogs - Long Hair FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
The #1 selling FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs comes in 2 styles – one for long hair dogs and the other for short hair dogs and also comes in a variety of sizes (XS – XL). The stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your dog’s topcoat to gently remove loose hair. It has an ejector button which easily removes loose hair from the tool. It claims to reduce shedding by up to 90%.
De Shed Me Miracle Deshedding Shampoo Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Shampoo
This super amazing formula drastically reduces shedding by laying down the hair neatly and removing excess hair, leaving the coat smooth and silky! Comes in a strawberry lemonade scent. Bathe your pet twice a week for maximum results!! Use DeShed Me!! Miracle Rinse immediately after shampooing.
Pet Head Deshedding Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Rinse
The Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Rinse with organic coconut oil helps remove excess hair and leaves the coat so amazingly soft and silky it’s crazy!! Whether short, coarse or long hair, your pet stays irresistibly petable for days! All Pet Head formulas are pH adjusted and free of DEA, propylene glycol, sulfate, petroleum derivatives and parabens.
Safari Shedding Blade Safari Stainless Steel Shedding Blade for Dogs
Safari Shedding blades are designed to remove loose hair and leave your pet with a clean, healthy coat. The Safari dual Shedding blade can be used with the handles together or separated. With handles together, stroke the dog from head to tail, covering small areas at a time. With handles separated , stroke dog from head to tail, covering large areas at a time.
Isle of Dog Isle of Dogs – Shampoo for Shedding Coats
Isle of Dosg No. 20 Royal Jelly Shampoo is a great professional solution in the fight against shedding. Formulated with Royal Jelly, a protein-rich botanical which stimulates new hair growth, repairs damage, and reduces shedding. It is also great for building extra volume. No. 20 features the Isle of Dogs signature fragrance, Apple Blossom Honey.
Dog Conditioner for Dry, Damaged and Shedding Hair Isle of Dogs – Dog Conditioner for Dry, Damaged and Shedding Hair
This rejuvenating, protein-based conditioner leaves a fluffier, more plush-feeling coat. Evening Primrose and Jojoba oils combine with Keratin Amino Acids to help strengthen dry hair and lessen shedding. The results are a richer, fuller coat that is hydrated and fresh. Comes in an ocean fresh violet + sea mist fragrance.
FURminator Dog Rake
The FURminator Dog Rake is an all-purpose tool that separates and untangles fur. A perfect tool for those heavy shedding dogs. The rounded pins fully rotate to eliminate skin irriation and minimize tugging. It can remove mats from undercoat and breeches.
HappyDogz Magic Pro Deshedding Brush
The HappyDogz Magic Pro Deshedding Brush easily removes your dog’s dead undercoat. It works for both double and single coats and comes in 2 sizes. It will quickly and easily remove your dog’s loose hair and reduce shedding. It’s also gentle on your dog and will not damage their skin.
Furry Fido DeShedding Tool
The Furry Fido DeShedding Tool has an effective stainless steel edge with uniformly distributed teeth, which quickly and easily removes loose undercoat hair. The ergonomic non-slip wooden handle is durable and light. It is made of eco-friendly, non-toxic material (basswood).
FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo
The FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo works to reduce dog shedding and promotes healthy skin and coats in dogs. It is enriched with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, calendula extract, and papaya leaf extract. It contains no parabens, artificial colors or chemical dyes. Use monthly as part of your dogs grooming regiment.

How to Help your Dog with Mosquitoes

“Dear Dogsized, My father’s border collie is constantly harassed by mosquitoes. Are there any dog-safe products for Charlie? – Kiku”

dog-mosquitoMosquitoes are definitely a problem for dogs! Not only do mosquitoes harass and bite dogs (as they do humans), mosquito bites can result in everything from an annoying itch to more serious parasitic diseases. Mosquito bites are also a primary cause of heartworm in dogs. If your dog has more hair (e.g. a chow) then they have more natural protection than say a bit bull or “bully” breeds. Regardless, those areas that show more skin e.g. nose, ears, eyelids, abdomen, groin and inside the legs are more prone to getting mosquito bites (and can also get sunburn).

There are plenty of things you can try to change in your environment to reduce the amount of mosquitoes, for example, avoiding stagnant water, using products containing oil of sandalwood or citronella and staying inside, especially in the early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquito Repellent for Dogs

flys offTo protect your dog, do NOT use human mosquito repellents containing DEET on dogs. Instead, look for repellents formulated especially for pets that contain either permethrins or pyrethrins. Here are some dog mosquito repellent products for your dog to try:
Flys Off Spray
Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment
Pet Naturals of Vermont Protect Flea & Tick Repellent Spray
All Terrain Natural Pet Herbal Armor Insect Repellent Spray
Even if you use a mosquito repellent, make sure your dog is taking a heartworm preventative, such as Heartgard Plus, and also a topical treatment and prevention of ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies, and lice, such as K9 Advantix II.(see also our article on Advantix vs Frontline).

Mosquito Bite Treatment

Luckily there are some solutions to help your dog if he does get bitten. Treat bites with an antibacterial cream (e.g. Neosporin) to keep them from becoming infected. To help with the itchiness, you might also want to try Sulfodene or a Pet Hydrocortizone (Zymox).
Please see your veterinarian if the bites appear very large (i.e. possibly something in it) or if they do not heal or appear to be getting worse.

Dematting Your Dog

dematting

Many dogs have the issue of getting their hair or fur tangled. This is especially true for non-shedding dogs, e.g. Havanese, Maltese, Shih Tsu and some Terrier breeds. If it doesn’t get brushed regularly, this can result in mats. So what should you do when you realize your dog’s fur is matted?

First thing to do is assess how badly your dog’s fur is matted. Also consider the weather/season is outside. Perhaps it’s winter and you’d rather keep your dog’s hair longer for protection from the elements or if it’s summer you and your dog might be better off to take him to the groomer to have a short haircut and groom.

If you think this is something you could tackle and your dog can handle, then here are our tips and suggestions:

1. Realize it will probably take a few sessions or days to properly demat your dog’s coat. We do not recommend you try to do it all in one session. Of course your groomer will do it in one session, but that probably explains why my dog hates going to the groomer. To keep the peace with your dog, I would break up the grooming sessions.

Dematting Comb

Dematting Comb

2. Make sure you have the right tools. We recommend a dematting comb, a regular dog brush, a slicker brush and a comb (e.g. Fine/Coarse Steel Greyhound Comb). I use these various tools on my dog (a Havanese). You might also consider getting some detangling spray made for dogs.

3. Make sure you have the right treats. Some dogs are more sensitive than others. Some dogs enjoy getting groomed and others don’t. Regardless, dematting can hurt the dog at times – we’ll show you how to avoid it, but it can happen. So we recommend that you have your dog’s favorite treats on hand so you can reward him through the process.

Greyhound Comb

Greyhound Comb

4. Determine where you are going to groom your dog. I would recommend a place where your dog is comfortable, but can’t easily escape. I groom Kobi in our living room on a high countertop. He’s comfortable enough because it’s the living room, but it’s also high enough that he won’t jump down and escape.

5. Is your dog dirty? If your dog needs a bath, definitely do this before you do a dematting session. It’s going to be more work if you have to extract both dirt and hair mats. Sometimes it might be easier to try to demat your dog right after a bath, but it really depends on their fur/hair and your dog’s personality. My dog goes a bit nuts after a bath so it’s not a great time to groom him.

6. Lightly brush your dog’s coat all over his body. It might help to use some detangling spray before you brush your dog’s hair, but it really depends on your dog’s hair/fur. When you’ve completed this step, you’ll know how badly your dog is matted and where the problem spots are.

Master Grooming Tools Stainless Steel Soft Slicker Brush

Slicker Brush

7. Mentally break up your dog’s hair problem spots into various sections.
For example, with my dog I typically break up the areas I need to work on as follows:
– Ears – matted near the opening of the ear canal, but my dog loves to have his ears/ear area brushed
– Tail – less sensitive and easier to brush out because the hair is coarser
– Belly – super sensitive, but often not that matted
– Chest – can be really matted, but less sensitive than belly
– Paws – not typically that matted, but he hates to have his paws touched
– Underarms – probably not the scientific name, but hopefully you understand. This is where you’ll find a LOT of matting. Unfortunately for Kobi, this is also a sensitive area.

dog anatomy

Dog Anatomy

Your dog may have different areas that are sensitive or less sensitive or matted. Regardless, break up the list of “to do” areas – you don’t want to tackle all the sensitive areas at once.

8. Where do you start?
Some groomers and breeders state that you should start at the bottom and basically create a line in the dog’s hair and work your way up.
We find that to be really time consuming and doesn’t really take into consideration where your dog’s sensitive spots are. For example, our dog Kobi would freak out if we started at the bottom of his belly or paws which are his super sensitive areas. As such, we recommend starting where your dog is less sensitive and enjoys being brushed (for Kobi it would be his ear area).
Then mix it up between sensitive and less sensitive spots, as well as, spots that are easier to brush and more difficult.

9. How to brush / which tools to use?
Any person that has had relatively long hair will understand the golden rule that you don’t pull hair (or fur). If there is a tangle, you need to hold the hair at the root (so it doesn’t hurt) and then brush/comb through the tangle. This is also the golden rule when it comes to brushing / dematting your dog.

Dematting

spraying detangling spray on the matted area

As mentioned before, first start with an overall light brushing. Don’t force any tangles. Consider using detangling spray. Then do your mental break up of your dog’s body and problem areas and assess what would be easiest to start with.

For example, I’ll start combing Kobi’s ears with the greyhound comb using the wider prongs. When I get to a matted area, I’ll hold his hair at the roots/base and then use the dematting comb. When Kobi has relatively few tangles around his ear area, then I’ll switch to using the fine prongs on the greyhound comb and/ or the slicker brush.

Dematting

insert dematting comb into mat, hold hair at the roots and then pull away from the dog

When using the dematting comb, it’s easier to start with a smaller area of the matted fur. Hold the base of the hair and then put the prongs in the matt, sharp edges away from the dog and then pull away from the matt and your dog. If you properly hold your dog’s hair, it will not hurt them.

If it’s a really large mat, start with a smaller area of the mat using the dematting comb and intermittently use the slicker brush which will help take out the matted hair leaving you a cleaner and easier smaller mat to tackle. Remember to hold your dog’s hair at the root/base as much as possible so you don’t pull their hair/fur. To the left is an example of us taking out a mat from Bootsie – a very cute Tibetan Terrier.

10. Break up the locations on where you are grooming/brushing/combing your dog

dog grooming 3

I’m mat free now!

I typically start with Kobi’s ears and head. Next I will brush or comb his back which is sensitive but generally doesn’t have too many mats. I’ll ignore any mats that might be on his back and move on to his tail. Afterwards I’ll go back to a matted area on his body, then back to an unmated area.

In between zones, I’ll make sure to give your dog treats and verbal approval (i.e. “good dog”).

The first time you do this with your dog, you might want to set a time limit (e.g. 10 mins). You can repeat the process each day until your dog’s coat is dematted.

Top 5 Favorite Dog Shampoo Brands

earthbath dog bathThink about what goes into your shampoo shopping: What will this do for my hair? What’s in this? Does it even smell nice?

It’s the same for our furry family members. Dog shampoos tame and treat issues like dry skin, shedding and matting. Here are some of our favorite shampoo brands to check out for any dog’s needs.

1. Earthbath

There are so many pros to using Earthbath. Choose from its motto, “People tested, pet approved,” love of pets and the environment and the fact that products are phthalate, phosphate and cruelty free.

earthbath shampooOr simply choose from its line of 10 shampoos including tea tree and aloe, shed-control, eucalyptus and peppermint and a 2-in-1 conditioning mango shampoo.

All products are made in the U.S. and contain no artificial colors, fragrances or parabens, so feel free to revamp your dog’s shampoo routine with the rest of Earthbath’s conditioners, wipes, spritzes and waterless “grooming foam” collection.

 

2. Isle of Dogs

Dogs and owners will appreciate the luxury that comes out of Isle of Dogs’ spa-like shampoo and assurance that all of its products are made in the U.S.. Isle of Dogs’ mission is to make grooming enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

isle of dog shampooThat becomes easy when shampoos fighting shedding, coarse hair and thinning coats also smell like yummy apply blossom honey and a blend of jasmine and vanilla.

You can choose from 19 lines of shampoos, including one waterless foaming shampoo to freshen your pup in between washes or reinvigorate their coat. And if you go online, you can even customize a grooming routine with Isle of Dogs’ Coat Check system.

 

3. Pet Head

Pet Head, the creators of bright-and-punny hair care line Bed Head, lets you and your furry best friend share a similar brand. It gives dogs a chance to also indulge in edgy, fun products.

pethead shampooAll nine shampoos, like Life’s an Itch and Puppy Fun, come paraben free and without petroleum derivatives, propylene glycol, sulfate or DEA (diethanolamine).

They’re also pH adjusted, meaning the deshedding shampoo that smells like strawberry lemonade and spearmint lemongrass deodorizing shampoo won’t harm your dog.

 

4. EQyss

eqyss shampooEQyss’ three lines of dog shampoos are jam-packed with salon quality human formulas that leave out silicone, alcohol, oil and wax. It makes sure that your dog’s coat gets cleaned without residue. The Premier Color Intensifying Shampoo doesn’t just boost volume; it also helps coats dry almost 50 percent faster.

Flea-Bite Shampoo and Micro-Tek Medicated Pet Shampoo also soothe dry skin. If you’re not sure which line to choose, the EQyss’ site lets you search by problem area. It also shows complementary products, like a Marigold Scent Spray to rehydrate dogs – especially in the summer.

 

5. Nature’s Specialties

With more than 20 shampoo lines (and 12 specialty shampoos alone), Nature’s Specialties pinpoints any coat need and washes it away biodegradable, cruelty-free shampoos.

natures_specialtiesCitru-Mela targets hot spots and irritations like flea or tick bites with invigorating citrus, kiwi and melaleuca. For similar deep-cleaning results with a calming scent, work in Lav-N-Derm shampoo – a lavender antiseptic that doesn’t strip dogs of their natural oils.

Nature’s Specialties helps calm flaky, itchy skin, dermal inflammations and broken follicles by promoting hair growth. It doesn’t even have to stop with the company’s Sheazam shea butter shampoo; wrap up your pup’s grooming routine with conditioners, colognes or anti-itchy spray.