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It is quite natural for dogs to lose their old hair through the process of shedding. But the amount of shedding usually depends on the breed and health of the dog. The season also has an impact on the shedding process.
Shedding in Labradors
Most Labrador owners will tell you that this specific breed of dogs is prone to a lot of shedding, especially in the spring-summer. So why do Labradors shed so much hair?
Well, the answer is fairly simple: Even though a Labrador has a neat and short coat, it is quite dense in comparison to several other breeds. In fact, Labradors have what is termed as the “double coat”.
If you observe closely, you will find that they have a warm, dense undercoat right beneath the glossy outer layer, designed for keeping them snug during the winter. Generally speaking, dogs that are mostly kept inside the house are susceptible to minor fluctuations as far as the thickness of the coast is concerned. Hence, they shed almost the same throughout the year. Generally, yellow Labradors are noted to shed more than black Labradors.
Managing Hair Shedding
The truth is that you really can’t do much about the shedding of hair in your Labrador. This is bound to increase during some months in the year. But there are two approaches that can help in minimizing the effects of this hair shedding. These are:
- Removal of dead/damaged hair from the dog
- Removal of shed hair from the home
Proper grooming plays a significant role in managing hair shedding in Labradors. If you pay attention to the hygiene of your dog and clean them up, you will have much less trouble dealing with the hair shedding later.
During the shedding months, a lot of Labrador owners brush their dog at least once every day. For the other months, a few times a week is also sufficient.
When cleaning furniture, several owners are comfortable removing the hair using a dog comb or brush. But there are others who swear by the effectiveness of all kinds of heavy-duty equipment, such as a ‘Furminator’, which has a contraption similar to a blade.
Using a vacuum cleaner on a regular basis and covering your furniture with throws could help keep the house free of shed hair.
Sometimes excessive shedding in your dog could also be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If you notice on or more of the following symptoms in your dog, it might be a good idea to take them to the vet:
- Open sores
- Skin irritation (scabs, rashes, bumps etc.)
- Thinning coat/bald spots