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How to manage shedding

All dogs shed their coats. As the weather warms, you might notice hairy tumbleweeds covering your floors. A dog's coat type determines how and when they shed. Here’s the long and the short (and the rough and the smooth) of it.

Single coats

As the name suggests, these dogs have just one single layer of hair or fur which may be short or long. The amount to which they shed varies across breeds. 

Best brushes

Use the Slicker Brush daily to remove loose hair and debris. Opt for the small size if your dog is a mini. For all other dogs, the small can be used on the face and legs, while the large size can be used all over the body. 

If your dog has a long, fluffy or curly coat, use the Comb to work through tangles. A small amount of Leave in Conditioner daily will help untangle stubborn knots. Using a treatment like Coat Masque will ensure their coat remains ultra moisturised, which aids with brushing and reducing knots.

Double coats

Double-coated dogs have an undercoat and an outer coat. The undercoat provides insulation while the outer coat protects against the sun and has water wicking properties. 

Most double coat breeds ‘blow’ their undercoat twice a year; meaning they shed their undercoat in response to seasonal changes. Always brush them daily, but as the weather changes, increase brushing to remove loose, dead hair. This will also allow maximum air circulation to the skin. Once the weather cools, your dog will shed the summer undercoat and grow their thick winter woolies.

DOG Slicker Brushes

licker brushes will work on most coat types. The short bristles will grab and remove loose hairs and debris. A daily brush will help reduce the amount of hair shed around your home. Keep in mind that frequent brushing will reduce tangles and matting. It also keeps your dog’s coat clean by removing surface debris and helping spread the natural oils produced by their skin. Brushing is a great way to bond with your dog and most of them will love how it feels. It will also help you inspect your dog’s skin for lumps, bumps, parasites or abnormalities.

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Best brushes

Daily use of the Slicker Brush will clean debris and dirt from the outer coat. Combine your brushing with the Rake to remove loose dead hair from the undercoat. If your dog has a long coat, the Comb will help remove knots. Daily use will prevent future tangles. Using a Leave in Conditioner Spray can make brushing a lot easier.

Tip from Dr Lisa

Did you know that regular brushing will make your dog less smelly in the long run? True story. Not only does it remove dead skin cells and hair, but a good brush also removes dirt, dried saliva, food particles (if your dog is a messy eater) and debris from romps at the park. Most importantly, regular brushing spreads the natural healthy skin oils around the coat and stimulates circulation.