This Article is About
cold water fish
omega oils
plain yogurt
stress levels
shiny coat
dog foods
hair and skin
heart health
healthy skin
hardest thing
Dog Shedding Part 2
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Dog Shedding Part 2

So you've slowed down on dog baths, opted for more brushing and your dog spends time outdoors every day, but your house - and you - are still covered in fur?

Excessive shedding is a sign of other problems. In humans, you can lose up to 200 hairs per day and still be considered healthy. More than that and the doctor will want to check your stress levels, hormones or your diet.

Same goes for dogs.

Your hair and skin is a mirror of what's going on internally and in that regard your dog is no different. You should look at your dog's diet at this point.

There are suddenly a rash of commercial dog foods that claim to be specifically formulated for healthy skin and a shiny coat, although I've never personally seen any difference whatsoever and I think you can get better, cheaper and healthier results from home.

Plain yogurt works almost instantaneously. Try mixing in a couple of tablespoons with a meal. The important thing to remember when you're making dietary changes is to do it gradually. You don't want to make the "cure" worse than the problem. Small doses, gradually, until you find what works exactly right for your dog is the key.

Omega oils also play a big part in hair health and they are also important in dogs' heart health. But there are so many supplements available, the hardest thing is finding which works the best for your dog. I also prefer to go the natural route and avoid pills unless its' absolutely necessary. A little cold water fish in your dogs' diet would be the easiest way to introduce omega oils into their diet without stressing their digestion. However, if that's not possible then pick a supplement and just remember moderation is key. I would cut the recommended dose by half initially. Too much extra oil added to your dog's diet can give them a diarrhea.

There are also a couple of Chinese herbal supplements on the market currently that have been used with much success in treating inflammatory conditions in dogs. Interestingly enough, skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, etc., have some of the same underlying causes as arthritis, allergies and other inflammatory diseases. Definitely worth a try if your pet is suffering from two or more of the above conditions.

After making some dietary changes, you can also step up your treatments of your dogs' hair itself to keep that excessive shedding in check. One of my favorites, probably because it's easy, is a beer rinse. After a bath, just pour a beer down your dog's back from neck to butt, massage down into their fur for a minute and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. The hops leaves behind a beautiful shine. And when you're done bathing your dog, you should have a beer too because let's face it, it's kind of a lot of work.

Another home remedy that will leave behind shinier, well-conditioned hair is a mayonnaise treatment. It must be real mayonnaise though, not Miracle Whip; gotta have all those fattening egg yolks for this to work. After a bath just massage a handful or 2 of mayonnaise into your dog's fur and let it set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.

A side note whenever you rub something edible and obviously yummy into your dog's fur, of course they're going to lick themselves afterward. It made me delicious Mom!

Another great, cheap, homemade conditioner is to take a few drops of Vitamin E oil, massage it into your dog's fur and then brush through. Vitamin E is a great emollient, cures dry skin and leaves hair soft and shiny.

Also try the same technique with rosemary oil. The rosemary is beneficial to the fur itself, leaving beautiful hair behind, it conditions the skin as well, so really massage it in and your dog will smell wonderful. At least for a while, right? You can buy rosemary hair oil already prepared from the health food store, but it's cheap and easy to make on your own with olive oil and rosemary essential oil.

One of the reasons that homeopathic medicine is the obvious "greener" and more practical route is that every treatment I just told you about can be used on you as well as your dog. No chemicals, dyes, alcohol, nothing to further aggravate sensitive skin. And it's cheap and easy. It's a win-win.

By now, your hot, furry mess of a dog should not only be shedding less but should be camera-ready with that soft, shiny fur. And you did it the natural way.

If not, if your pet is suffering from hot spots, bald spots, chewing themselves constantly, having digestion problems, lack of appetite, skin sores, etc., these are all signs of dog allergies, which I will discuss things you can do to treat your dog at home in an upcoming article.

Here's to getting the shedding under control!


Street Talk

Chris51  

I like your article... Thanks for info.. my dog sheds like crazy!

Reply
  about 5 years ago

Nice tips , the beer one i what i will try :), One more thing we being Vegetarian can i keep my dogs diet too on Veg foods ?

Reply
  about 5 years ago
You May Also Like
Boost The Immune System With Nutrients That Fight Cancer
Our body’s immune system is absolutely vital for overall health and wellness. It is our immune system that heals our cuts and wounds, that cures us of infections and diseases, and keeps other important organs and metabolic processes working smoothly. Our immune system works non-stop 24 hours a day, 365…
By: Robert Prescott in  Health and Fitness  >  Supplements   Sep 18, 2013  
3
  Likes: 1

Vitamin D
Let's talk about Vitamin D. This vitamin is very important for strong bones and teeth. If you take Calcium, and Vitamin D is not taken with it, the Calcium is not going to be absorbed by the body and it will be useless. When you buy Calcium make sure Vitamin…
By: Carolann Sherwood in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Mar 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Low Carb Mediterranean Diet
You are diabetic and your blood sugar numbers are higher than the Empire State Building. The low carb Mediterranean diet will help you lower your blood sugar. We all want to follow diets that are good for us, cause us to feel good – comfort foods and taste good. Most…
By: Skip Benton in  Health and Fitness  >  Diabetes   Nov 16, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Five Thousand Meals Of Fish
One of Jesus’ most famous miracle happened on the Sea of Galilee where He took just five loaves of bread and two small fishes and fed a crowd of more than five thousand people who had come to hear Him teach. The choice of fish is significant here because aside…
By: Des Forbes in  Health and Fitness  >  Hypertension   Apr 07, 2013  
2
  Likes: 1

Natural Joint Pain Relief - Discover the Solutions
Natural joint pain relief treatments can involve massaging joints, soaking joints in warm water, and exercising to keep the joints mobile and flexible. Eating foods and drinking lots of water, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding refined sugars, eliminating caffeine and adding green juices to your diet will all help…
By: tsham in  Health and Fitness  >  Pain Management   Nov 16, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The best source of Omega 3 fatty acids are salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies and herring. These are all examples of cold water fish. Any good mom would be concerned about the mercury content and the other toxins in fish that's caught from the ocean as there is so much pollution…
By: MarleneW in  Home and Family  >  Pregnancy   Apr 01, 2016  
0
  Likes: 3

Protein Foods-How To Create Your Own List
For those who are not thrilled with being told what to do my diet gurus and supposed experts, there is always the option of taking the information that you know about a basic and healthy diet and then making your own diet plan. One of the easiest ways to do…
By: Kristin Greene in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Jan 20, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Low Fat Diets Are Heart Healthy Menus
A good heart healthy menu may also be classified as a low fat/low cholesterol diet.  The body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to promote good health but too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol will cause damage to your heart and other organs.  Cholesterol comes from the foods…
By: Mathea Ford in  Health and Fitness  >  Heart Disease   Mar 15, 2011  
1
  Likes: 0

Rosehip Oil And Acne Scars - The Wonder Oil Of South America
Rosehip oil is a South American essential oil that's made from crushing the seeds of the Rose. It's been used for many many years there in order to help fade scars and improve the quality of people's skin. If you're looking to fade your acne scars then I don't think…
By: Emilia Holloran in  Health and Fitness  >  Skin Care   Feb 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Chicken Rendang
Its Sunday, time when the whole extended family gets together for family time and share wholesome home- cooked meals. From delicious, spicy dish right up to juicy, thirst- quenching drinks, my family is known for its wonderful delicious southeast Asian meals (if I don't praise my own family, who else…
By: CTR in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Sep 29, 2013  
0
  Likes: 2

Stress Levels Among College Students
Over the years the stress levels among college students has been, according to reports, on the rise. In fact stress in general has been on the rise so this is an understandable phenomenon. Still we need to do all we can to help younger folk calm down and not take…
By: Hannah Levi in  Health and Fitness  >  Mental Health   Sep 03, 2012  
2
  Likes: 11

Reasons to Choose A Patient Driving Instructor Weston - super - mare
Individuals who would like to make the learning how to drive process enjoyable should start by hiring a competent, friendly Driving Instructor Weston-super-Mare. The instructor you choose to work with should ensure you make the most of your Driving Lessons Weston-super-Mare and he should make sure you do not waste…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Is Alpo Dog Food Possibly One Of The Best Dog Food Brands Ever?
A well known and loved brand – Alpo, which is short for Allen Products, was founded way back in 1936 in Pennsylvania, and is now owned by Nestle. With such a long history, customers where rightly concerned when the brand was affected by the large scale product recalls in 2007.…
By: Mike Nash in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

A Merry Hound - The Beagle
Beagles were developed as scent hounds and used to hunt rabbits and small prey. Today, this popular breed is used for hunting, pet therapy, "sniffing" dogs for law enforcement, and as family pets. This is one of the most popular dogs in the United States due to the temperament and…
By: Doug Fabick in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Food From the Renowned Pet Food Supplier In Stoke –on - trent?
The nutritional requirements of the pet animals are different from that of humans. Hence, picking the best pet food from the pet food supplier in Stoke-On-Trent takes effort and thought. All the pet owners are advised to go through the labels to get an idea of the ingredients. Moreover, they…
By: aby in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2196    Report this Article