Hair, Hair, It’s Everywhere!

dog-furShannon Moore, NCMG  |  Director of Grooming and Education, Espree Animal Products, Grapevine, TX

As a professional pet stylist, we always hear, “I bought a short haired dog or cat because I don’t want to deal with hair all over my house!” Well, surprise, surprise, short haired dogs shed! De-shedding and Shed – Less Treatments, as well as water additives to stop shedding, and special tools to help the consumer de-shed their dog have made their way into the market to be the miracle product to stop shedding.

Shedding is a natural process that dogs and cats go through in order to keep their skin and coat healthy, and in good condition.  This is a process that you cannot, and do not want to stop. It is important to do these treatments in order for your dog to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  You always want to be able to separate and divide the coat being able to easily get down to the skin throughout the entire coat.

Remember, when you select these very popular products, you will not stop the shedding process.  However, you will accelerate the process to help move the natural shedding process along a little faster.  What does that mean exactly? It means that for a short period of time your pet is going to shed more before the shedding slows down.  I always recommend doing a Shed-Less Treatment with your professional pet stylist, rather than at home.  The skilled stylist will do multiple things to get rid of the excess hair, such as carding the coat to remove loose hair, then a shed treatment to accelerate the shedding process.  These treatments always work well in a salon setting because your groomer can use a force dryer to blow out excess coat in order to achieve optimal results.  Then, they may choose to card the coat again to get any stray hair that is ready to come out.  By the time your pup is ready to come home, the bulk of the hair has been removed and you can enjoy a clean, happy pet, and a less hairy house. Be prepared to pay a little more for this service as it does take more time than a basic bath and brush out.

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