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How to Reduce Dog Shedding

Uh-oh. Your dog sheds and you have allergies. We asked two dog grooming experts for their advice: Wendy Booth, a Master Groomer; and Kathi Molloy, a show dog breeder and owner of Bark Place.

BOOTH: There's no way that you can halt the natural progression of shedding—it's a fact of life for most dogs and their owners.

BOOTH: Yes. Increasing the fat in your dog's diet can help. The fat in your pet's food needs to be in the double-digit percent, which helps add oils to his skin and coat. But be sure you check this with your vet, because fat equals added calories—and possible weight gain. Premium foods that don't contain "meat" fillers—like grains or corn filler or red dyes—also help reduce shedding

BOOTH: Adding a natural Omega-3 or fish oil tablet daily or every other day to your dog's meal is a good way to support a healthy heart, joints and brain. It also nourishes his skin and coat…and it may mean less shedding and more shine.

MOLLOY: If your dog is scratching more than usual, it could be a sign of fleas. You can use flea medication to help prevent scratching and further shedding.

MOLLOY: Yes. An oatmeal shampoo can help soothe and moisturize your dog's scratchy skin.

MOLLOY: Regular brushing will help minimize shedding. Or you can try a de-shedding solution, which loosens a dog's undercoat to make brushing easier. The final tip would be to keep your dog calm. They get stressed just like we do. Dogs who are stressed (often from separation and isolation) usually shed more.

How to Reduce Dog Shedding

If you are allergic to your pet and don’t want to give him/her away, try changing your clothes frequently, such as before going to work. Also, make sure to vacuum carpets, mattresses and upholstery regularly.