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Dealing with spring time shedding


Shelley Steeves, reporter
March 8, 2012 — Have you noticed your pet shedding more this season? The weather could be the reason


At times this seems like an endless chore for Karine Eusanio
At times this seems like an endless chore for Karine Eusanio

At times, brushing her dog seems like an endless chore for Karine Eusanio.

"There's a lot of vacuuming and sweeping that goes around in my house, yes!" she says.

With two dogs and a cat, Karine says it's been near impossible to keep up with all the hair this season.

She's convinced our milder winter is to blame, and she should know. After all, she's also a vet.

"There's speculation that dogs do  acclimatizes to their environment and after subsequent colder winters," explains Eusanio. "Then you have a mild winter. The coat has been conditioned to grow more hair and all of a sudden that hair is not needed."

So away it flies, usually into the house. But Karine says pet owners are not completely powerless in the battle of the fur.

''Because the hair follicles live in the deepest layer of the skin. So to have a healthy hair follicle, you have to have healthy skin. And the most common easy, thing we can do for healthy skin is nutrition."

Make sure you're using the proper brush for your pet's coat
Make sure you're using the proper brush for your pet's coat

Omega fatty acids found in high quality pet foods will help cut down on shedding. ''But a lot of the foods that do have omega fatty acids don't have enough," explains Eusanio. "So we still recommend a supplement of a fish oil and the omega 3 and 6's are the most important.'' 

And dogs and cats love the taste of fish oil, so you won't have any problem getting them to gobble it up.Karine says it will at least help limit hair loss. And of course there's nothing like a good grooming to get rid of all that unwanted fur.

Just make sure you're using the proper brush for your pet's coat so you don't damage the skin.

"If you injure the skin under the coat that can actually create more shedding,"' says Eusanio.

And nobody wants to see that!!

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