Labradors are high shedding dogs. While they are a dream to own, but they certainly leave their mark. Not only on your heart, but also all over your house, furniture, clothes, carpets….. 😎 . Is it possible to enjoy the company of these wonderful creatures AND occasionally leave the house without “lab-evidence” on your smart, black trousers? The answer is simple: remove the hair from the dog before it spreads all over the house. There are a number of Labrador shedding grooming aids to the market to minimize shedding and keep your Lab looking good.
With the exception of some hairless dog breeds, all dogs shed once or twice a year after their adult coat grows in. Compared to many breeds, Labrador Retrievers tend to shed significantly. You can it under control fairly easily by grooming your Labrador correctly. There are many things you can do to help reduce the amount of hair that your Labrador dog or puppy sheds around your home.
Consider anti-shedding products for Labrador grooming
If you’re willing to invest in anti-shedding products for your Lab, the first thing you want to find is a brush. The Furminator is a popular brush among pet owners, but any brush that reaches both the undercoat and the topcoat will do. Another option to consider is a dog brush with a vacuum attachment. With this product, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up, as the hair will be vacuumed as you brush it out.
You’ll need to brush your Labrador’s coat at least once daily to minimize shedding. Remember, the more hair you get out while brushing, the less hair will be shed in your home.
High quality food reduces Labrador shedding
Your Lab’s skin and coat is highly affected by what they consume, which is why providing your Labrador with a high quality diet is necessary to reduce shedding. You can also ask your veterinarian for special supplements or give your dog one fish oil (Omega-3) capsule daily to help keep his or her skin and coat healthy.
Stress increases shedding in Labs
Stress is a common trigger for shedding in dogs. In fact, it’s the reason most people end up with their clothes covered in dog hair after a visit to the vet’s office. If you think your Labrador’s shedding may be related to stress, it’s important that you avoid the triggers. Giving your dog the attention he or she deserves and providing sufficient exercise can also be helpful.
A regular bath helps with Labrador shedding
Even if your dog is clean, bathing your Labrador once every two weeks is recommended during the shedding season. It can really help loosen the hairs and allow you to brush your dog’s coat more efficiently. Using a shampoo specifically designed for nourishing the skin and coat is also helpful to minimizing shedding.
If your Labrador Retriever is shedding excessively or experiencing additional symptoms, take him or her to your vet for a physical exam. In some cases, shedding in dogs can also be caused by health conditions such as; demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange, flea allergy dermatitis, Cushing’s disease, food allergy, malassezia, ringworm, and seborrhea.
No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich. – Louis Sabin quotes
When all else fails, you can try vacuuming your Lab. That’s exactly what the Labrador owner in this video does 😎 .