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Endless shedding!

What do you guys use to control shedding?. I gave Josie a bath, dried her off then started brushing her and she turned into a shedding machine! i think i spent good two hours brushing her with a rake

Will brushing her everyday help with the shedding?.
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Re: Endless shedding!

I try to brush everyday. Its been FREEZING here so I skipped out on brushing for like 5 days.
BAD BAD IDEA!
I was outside brushing for soooo long.
They shed 24/7 365 days a year!
Hope you have a good vaccume!

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Originally Posted By: Angel RI try to brush everyday. Its been FREEZING here so I skipped out on brushing for like 5 days.
BAD BAD IDEA!
I was outside brushing for soooo long.
They shed 24/7 365 days a year!
Hope you have a good vaccume!
I have dare devil vaccum LOL. What do you use?. This coming spring i can probably see myself outside with her giving her a good brush!
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Re: Endless shedding!

Bathing will increase shedding. Diet is a factor in excess shedding, along w/ seasons.
Do you give salmon oil, vitamin E and raw eggs? That will help the health of skin and coat. Humidity in the house helps too.
Brushing helps remove the loose hair and will distribute the natural oils, but if they are shedding, they are shedding...I usually vacuum every day w/ 3 in the house, and my dogs aren't heavy shedders.

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girlBathing will increase shedding. Diet is a factor in excess shedding, along w/ seasons.
Do you give salmon oil, vitamin E and raw eggs? That will help the health of skin and coat. Humidity in the house helps too.
Brushing helps remove the loose hair and will distribute the natural oils, but if they are shedding, they are shedding...I usually vacuum every day w/ 3 in the house, and my dogs aren't heavy shedders.
I gave her raw egg once she ended up throwing up. Not sure if it's the egg or she just had a stomach bug.

Haven't given her the salmon oil and Vitamin E. Can you give those two together without harming the dog?. How much of the vitamin E do you give?.
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Re: Endless shedding!

With Max, getting the diet right and finding out that he was hypothyroid and treating for that, cut down on shedding quite a bit. But, alas, he is still a German shedder, no way around that!


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I give human grade gelcaps 1 400iu vitamin E daily, and 2 1000 mg of salmon oil(1 each mealtime)
You can give as much as 4000mg salmon oil for a dog about 80#. Try the egg again maybe, see how it goes?

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Re: Endless shedding!

They are German Shedders after all. Mine are all blowing coat. Lovely while they are stuck inside all around me during the cold, cold snap.

Good food, coat supplement...and hey, they may roll their coat even faster?! I use brushing, bathing and blow drying. First, you have to spend a fair amount of time with the rake, the brush and the comb so that you remove most of the loose hair. If you bath before you do that, well the coat just comes off in handfuls for you. I bath pretty frequently, shampoo twice and then use a conditioner. The conditioner will help remover hair also. Use only high quality dog products. Then blow dry with powerful dog dryer to remove what is left. This keeps mine pretty nice for quite awhile. It is a bit of a production though. In between, I brush and blow dry outside. It is all a lost cause in the winter and I am claiming the hair lining all the baseboards is my "green" approach to winter insulation. It is going to take the large shop vac to get that up!!

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Re: Endless shedding!

My Bo is a big shedder more than Bella, he has more fur seems thicker is it because he is a sable? Not sure, How do you get your dog to eat a huge gel cap for vitamin E, is the Salmon oil actually oil where you can pour it on their food?

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Haircut (grooming) every 6 weeks and fish oil gelcaps have cut it in half at least,for me.
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