Spring is in the air and it’s time for dog owners to come to terms with the fact that their dog is moulting… meaning the time for him to change his coat. Don’t be angry if your home and your clothes are full of hairs and, instead, try to tackle this phenomenon by brushing Fido frequently, using the right brush. Follow our suggestions!
When your dog is moulting: useful information
It is only fair to specify that moulting varies in intensity and duration based on a dog’s breed and lifestyle. A dog that always lives in the open air will be more exposed to sunlight and therefore he will moult more briefly and regularly. In fact, a dog’s hairs dos not all fall out at the same time, but the moulting is progressive, starting from the rear areas first and then reaching the front parts of the body.
Brushes for short-haired dogs
Don’t be fooled by appearances, dogs with smooth and short hair need to be brushed as much as those with curly or long hair. For the daily care of our smooth-haired furry friends, you need to use a brush with bristles. However, when the season changes, we advise you to use a trimmer, equipped with a very fine replaceable blade, which allows you to easily remove the dead hair, thereby facilitating the growth of new hair. Of course, you don’t need to brush your dog every day, but do try to do it at least twice a week.
Brushes for long-haired dogs
Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Bernese Mountain Dog… these furry friends with long, thick hair are both a blessing and a curse for their masters! They have very delicate fur that tends to form knots and, once formed, untangling them is rather painful! The normal routine means brushing them every day with a combined brush that has softer bristles on one side and stainless-steel bristles on the other. Therefore, in the delicate moulting period, it is necessary to alternate this brush with a carder.
Brushes for curly-haired dogs
Curly-haired dogs are normally brushed with a carder and a wide-toothed comb: the first is useful for opening up the fur without scratching the skin and for removing the dead undercoat, while the second is useful for penetrating deeply into the fur and smoothing it. During moulting, continue to use these accessories, paying particular attention to the carder, a fundamental tool for eliminating all the old excess hair.
Lastly, remember that excessive hair loss can be reduced if the dog eats a proper diet and has the right hydration.