Labrador sheds are very common during the moult season. Labradors shed every two or three weeks throughout the year. During this time they may look like little green apples, but it doesn’t mean that they’re going to die from dehydration!
The main reason why dogs shed is because they need to replace their old skin cells with new ones (or “moults”). When a dog sheds its fur, it loses up to 90% of its body weight in hair each week.
If your dog isn’t eating enough or drinking enough water, then you might not notice any signs of shedding until it’s too late.
There are several ways to prevent your dog from losing so much weight. You could give him treats every day, buy some food supplements for him or feed him extra meat once a month.
If you have been trying to keep your dog healthy all these years, then you probably want to make sure that he gets rid of as much excess fat as possible. There are many products available on the market which claim to help your dog shed pounds without having side effects.
They don’t work though, and they might even cause problems.
You can either try them out yourself or ask a vet if they will prescribe something for you.
No matter how you do it, you dog is going to stay healthy. Don’t panic, and don’t give up on him.
We all know that labs shed a lot, but no matter how much you try to stop it or decrease it, they will still shed.We all wish our dogs would stop shedding, it gets very annoying having to clean up after them all the time when you have darker colored carpets.
Most of this is caused by hormones naturally found in a dog’s body. During certain times of the year they will shed more than other times.
Some of the most common shedding times are:
* Fall and winter: As days get shorter, your dog’s coat will get thicker in response to the colder temperatures. Hair begins to thicken around September and gets fully grown in by October or November.
By December or January, when days are at their shortest, this is when your dog will shed the most.
* Spring and summer: As days get longer, your dog’s coat will begin to shed as the days become warmer. This usually starts in February or March when the days are getting longer and warmer.
By May or June, when the days are the longest, this is when your dog will shed the most.
So as you can see, it makes sense that your lab may shed more in the winter time since it is getting colder (and staying dark longer).
There are several things you can do to help decrease how much your lab sheds. The first thing you can do is brush your dog on a regular basis.
This helps get out dead hair that would otherwise end up all over your house. Some good brushes are slicker brushes and wire pin brushes. You should be able to find these at any local pet store or online.
Some people also give their lab a mild trim every now and then. This is especially beneficial to show dogs because it makes them look better, but there isn’t really much need to for a pet dog.
There are also some supplements you can feed your lab that are supposed to decrease shedding, but I haven’t had too much luck with these. Supposedly one of the main ingredients in most of these supplements are silica, which is what glass is mostly made of.
This is supposed to make your dog’s hair stronger so that they are less likely to shed.
I have had a little bit of luck with a product called Gon Silica Gel. This product comes in a bottle much like the windshield Washer fluid you put in your car.
You just add a few drops of this to your dog’s food every day and it is supposed to help decrease shedding and promote healthy skin and hair. I have been using this product for a few months now and do believe that it has decreased the amount of hair I find in my house, but it isn’t a miracle product.
One product that MAY work is a product called Comfortis. This is a pill that you can give to your dog every month to prevent fleas.
Most flea pills only kill the fleas on your dog within 24 hours, but comfortis kills them within one hour. Because of this, your dog is itchy for only one hour instead of several. Since their isn’t constant itching, they aren’t shedding as much and don’t have to continually rub their backs on carpet and furniture. I have been using this with some success, but it is fairly expensive.
One final thing you can do to decrease shedding is to take your dog to the groomer every few months. They can not only give your dog a good brushing, but they can also trim hair that is left loose around your dog’s body and face.
This won’t get all of the loose hair off, but it will help quite a bit.
Hopefully some of these tips will help decrease how much hair gets all over your house. Good luck!
I have a feeling someone is going to post something about vacuuming. Yes, vacuuming gets up hair, but it blows new loose hair all over the house. So really, all you are doing is moving the hair from one place to another. It would take many vacuuming sessions to accomplish what a good brushing and/or trim will do.
I have heard of services that come to your house and remove the dog hair, but I don’t know anything about them since I am a proud pet owner and like to do things myself.
I hope this was helpful.
Source(s): Personal Experience
Gon Silica Gel Website
Labrador Retriever Club Website
The Manchester Dog “The Hairier The Better”
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