Your All in One Guide to Controlling Shedding in Golden Retrievers

Roberto Manzotti

Wondering how to control Golden Retriever shedding?

There are a lot of reasons why dogs shed. With double-coated dogs such as the Golden Retriever, shedding is just a part of life. However, if your dog has been shedding excessively, there are a few things you can do to control it.

Golden Retrievers are known to be heavy shedders.

 

They shed all year round, and even more when the season changes. But, it doesn’t mean that you have to invest your time cleaning the house and wishing your cute companion didn’t shed so much!

In this blog post, I will share a few tips with you on how to control Golden Retriever shedding, and teach you how to take care of your canine’s coat.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Shedding and Golden Retrievers: What Should I Expect!?

How Can I Control Shedding in Golden Retrievers?

  • Brush Your Doggy
  • Use Deshedding Tools
  • Bathe Your Furry Friend
  • Get Your Dog Groomed by a Professional
  • Watch for Allergies and Medical Conditions
  • Changing Your Dog’s Diet: Nutritional Needs
  • Make Sure Your Dog Has Clean Water
  • Give Your Dog Food that Meets His Nutritional Needs
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Your All in One Guide to Controlling Shedding in Golden Retrievers

 

Shedding and Golden Retrievers: What Should I Expect!?

With Golden Retrievers, you will have to brush the coat daily and use an undercoat rake at least once a week. These cute, loyal, and loving family dogs do need a lot of maintenance and care.

Shedding season is when you can expect even more.

Your house will be covered in Golden retriever hair, you’ll have to use a lint roller every time you leave home, and black-colored clothes will be off limits. You’ll also need to get your dog groomed on a daily basis.

 

How Can I Control Shedding in Golden Retrievers?

If you want to control shedding, you need to be on top of your grooming game.

In this section of the blog post, I will go through a few things that really help in controlling shedding, and keep you house and your clothes clean.

Take a look.

 

Brush Your Doggy

There’s no way around this one.

No matter how busy a schedule you have, you need to brush your Golden Retriever at least once a day to remove the loose fur from his coat. This doesn’t prevent or reduce shedding but is an effective way to manage the problem.

 

  • Brush your dog every day or at least thrice a week

  • Brush the entire body, no matter how much time it takes

  • Brush with the grain rather than against it

 

Use Deshedding Tools

Deshedding tools are designed specially to remove loose hairs from your furry friend's coat. These tools are better than brushes as they remove the hairs that even the brush misses.

 

  • You shouldn’t use a de-shedding tool more than once a week as it is too harsh for your dog

  • Deshedding tools shouldn’t substitute brushing; you should still brush your furry friend every day

  • You should use the tool with the grain---never against it

 

Bathe Your Furry Friend

Golden Retrievers need regular baths, and you need to bathe your furry friend to remove the dead hair and to prevent excess shedding. This will help keep your dog’s coat healthy.

  • Use lukewarm water and try to bathe your dog at least once a month

  • Don’t bathe him too often or he’ll have dry skin

  • You should invest in a good shampoo and never use human shampoo on your dog as it can disturb the pH balance of his skin

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Get Your Dog Groomed by a Professional

Goldies need to get their hair professionally cut because of the type of coat they have. If you choose the services of a professional groomer, it might help you control the amount of shedding.

 

  • Get the hair around your dog’s pads and ears trimmed

  • Get your dog’s tail groomed

 

You can do this yourself as well but, the results won’t be as effective as that of a professional’s.

 

Watch for Allergies and Medical Conditions

Has your Goldy been shedding too much?

This could be because your dog has allergies. The main cause of allergy-related shedding is that your dog constantly scratches his skin which loosens the hair. Keep an eye on your dog and take him to the vet if necessary.

Your dog may also have a medical condition that may be the reason behind the constant scratching. You should keep an eye on your dog if:

  • Your goldy loses patches of fur

  • The hair is getting thinner by the day

  • Other changes

 

Changing Your Dog’s Diet: Nutritional Needs

One of the biggest reasons why dogs shed is because the food that they eat doesn't meet all of their nutritional requirements. Same goes for humans. When you don’t eat right, your hair becomes brittle, and your skin loses its shine.

 

Let’s take a look at some considerations, shall we?

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Make Sure Your Dog Has Clean Water

Keeping your dog hydrated reduces his chances of shedding. If your dog has dehydrated skin, it shrinks and causes shedding. It also reduces the quality of hair your furry friend has.

 

Give Your Dog Food that Meets His Nutritional Needs

A good diet means a healthy dog and a healthy coat.

Your dog should have a diet that is rich in vitamins and other nutrients, digestible proteins, essential fatty acids, etc. Make sure that the food you get for your furry friend is age-specific as well.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help give your dog a healthy skin and coat. If your furry friend has a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, he will have a softer and shinier coat which doesn’t shed all too much.

 

Your All in One Guide to Controlling Shedding in Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are known to be heavy shedders.

But, this doesn’t mean that you have to live with all that shedding! There are a lot of things that can help you control and manage your dog’s shedding, and I’ve listed a few ways in this blog post.

Make sure that you brush your dog on a regular basis, bathe him, feed him the right food, and take him to the vet if you see irregularities. A few medical conditions can cause your do to shed excessively so, you have to monitor your dog and consult a vet.

Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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