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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.

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.

Brands linked for easy purchase:

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.

Pet & Earth Friendly Grooming with Earthbath

earthbath dog bathWe’re big fans of Earthbath products! We first discovered Earthbath when we were looking for a hypo-allergenic shampoo for our dog, Kobi, who has a lot of allergies. He’s even allergic to several trees and grass varieties so we needed to avoid tea tree ingredients as it appeared that post-shampooing with a tea tree based product also made him itchy. Tea tree is a helpful ingredient for other dogs and people (I use it myself), it just doesn’t work for our dog.

earthbath hypo shampooWhat turned us on to Earthbath products is that they are totally natural, non-toxic, paraben free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. Their products are also soap-free and pH balanced to be ultra-mild on your pet’s skin. In addition, Earthbath products are cruelty free and contain no animal ingredients or by products. They’re also made in the USA with human-grade ingredients and pure essential oils.

Here’s an offer from Earthbath regarding their products that we’ve rarely seen from other companies: “If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, simply send the unused portion along with purchase receipt and a quick note telling us why, and we’ll send you your money back.” That’s a pretty strong sign they really back their products.

dog bathWe started using their Hypo-Allergenic shampoo and it’s been great! There are a few bonus qualities to this product. It’s tearless, ultra mild, green clean, 100% biodegradable and it will not wash off topical flea applications(e.g. Frontline, Advantix). And most importantly, it gets our white dog really clean with no itchy side effects. We also use Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Grooming Wipes after walks with Kobi on the streets of NYC.

earthbath newRecently Earthbath came out with a line of new products including eye wipes, ear wipes, facial wipes and tooth & gum wipes. We’re testing the

Earthbath Eye Wipes

and so far we’re quite pleased. Kobi has a white coat and can get tear stains. The eye wipes are hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free for safety. We also love the smooth stylish compact container the eye wipes come in.

Earthbath also sent us 4 other products that we gave away to 4 different Dogsized Fans. Here they are:

earthbath facial wipesEarthbath Facial Wipes – Hypoallergenic

Totally natural & hypo-allergenic Earthbath facial wipes offer a quick, convenient & safe way to clean away dirt, boogies, dander and drool from your dog’s face. Use on the go or at the tail end of a bath. No more shampoo in the eyes, no more water in the snout, because there’s no need to rinse after washing with these gentle, pH-balanced wipes designed specifically for use on and around the face, eyes & mouth. Formulated for use on all breeds and effective on breeds with folds such as Bull Dogs, Pugs, & Shar-Peis.

earthbath ear wipesEarthbath Ear Wipes

Earthbath Ear Wipes are a fast, convenient way to keep your dog’s ears free of wax and discharge which can cause infections and odor. Earthbath wipes contain witch hazel, a natural cleanser and astringent, plus a sumptuous mix of nature’s finest plant extracts with gentle therapeutic and deodorizing properties. Naturally fragrance-free. It also comes in a smooth stylish compact container.

earthbath toothEarthbath Tooth & Gum Wipes

Earthbath Tooth and Gum Wipes are the easy and convenient solution to keeping your pet’s mouth clean from plaque, tartar and odor-causing bacteria. Their totally natural formula is free of parabens, alcohol, and other nasties that don’t belong in your pet’s mouth. Use daily for best results. It also comes in a smooth stylish compact container.

earthbath grooming wipes teaEarthbath Grooming Travel Wipes

Just toss in your car or purse and go! Use Earthbath Travel Wipes with Green Tea Leaf Extract to safely and easily wipe away dirt and odor between baths. Handily clean pets’ dirty paws and undercoat. Dirty bottoms too! Remove dander, drool, discharge and cling- ons from playing in the unknown. Mild cleansers freshen and deodorize as the anti-oxidant properties of Green Tea Leaf Extract protect from environmental damage. Hawaiian Awapuhi conditions coat and imparts a healthy shine while Aloe Vera and Vitamin E moisturize coat and skin.