Despite having short fur, Dalmatians are known to shed heavily. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to reduce shedding a bit. Just don’t expect to stop it completely. No matter what you do, he will continue to shed. The only thing you can do is manage it to keep it somewhat under control.
Typically, most dogs shed about twice per year – once before winter and once right after – but that has changed ever since we brought them indoors. Spending majority of their time inside, away from the sun, messed with their shedding cycle. So what you get is a Dalmatian that pretty much sheds year round.
Now like I said, there are a few things that you can do to slightly reduce it and that’s what we’re going to discuss today – along with other tips and tricks to maintain a home that’s slightly less furry.
Reduce Dalmatian Shedding Through Diet
The biggest factor when it comes to your Dalmatians shiny coat is diet. He needs to get proper nutrition to ensure his coat stays shiny, healthy and strong. A Dalmatian with a healthy coat will have a nice sleek and shiny coat compared to one that is dull.
Before you make any changes to his diet or give him any new supplements, please talk to a veterinarian beforehand. They will be able to best advise you on which changes will be good and which to avoid.
First Place to Start is His Food
As previously stated, a good healthy diet is the key here. There are a lot of different brands out there and not all are made equal. The biggest step in the right direction is to find dog food that actually lists meat as the first ingredient. Dalmatians absolutely need meat, and not corn.
Try to avoid foods that are heavily based off corn or grains. If you can, I suggest you avoid all dog food which contain it, along with any animal byproducts. Dog food without those things might cost more, but difference in quality and nutrition between the two is huge – and your Dalmatian will feel it.
To Learn more about Dalmatian diet, check out the Dalmatian Diet Food And Treats.
Anti-Shedding Supplements for Dalmatians
There are a lot of products out there that promise to reduce or even stop shedding. The truth is that they usually are overpriced and don’t provide much over what a good healthy diet will. If you have to supplement, I suggest you stick to basics, which include:
- One Egg once every other day – there seems to be some debate whether eggs help when it comes to maintaining a healthy fur coat, but I’ve seen them work. I also had other people tell me the same.
- Teaspoon of Flaxseed oil/Olive oil – Both help bring out the shine. Just pour it over his dry kibble in the morning and he will chow it down in no time.
- Brewer’s Yeast – This one was recommended to me by my dog’s veterinarian as a supplement when he was a puppy. For us it worked wonders. I just sprinkle a teaspoon of the stuff on his food along with flaxseed oil.
- Omega 3 Oil Supplements – This will help for more than just shedding. You can find supplements specifically for dogs in most pet stores.
Again, before you give your dog any supplements talk to his vet. Too much of a good thing can turn into a problem for sure, especially when we’re talking about nutrition.
When to Call a Vet
What most people consider excessive shedding is usually pretty normal for Dalmatians. However, there are some real clear signs of when it’s more than just him getting rid of his extra fur. Schedule an appointment if you see any of the following with your Dalmatian:
- He started shedding significantly more than usual
- You notice any bald patches
- He develops dull dry hair that falls off when touched
- He is constantly itching, scratching or biting himself
Those could be symptoms of nutritional deficiency, parasites, fungus or bacterial infections and he will need to be examined.
Reduce Dalmatian Shedding Through Grooming
Now I know that grooming won’t magically reduce the amount of hair your Dalmatian will drop, but it’s not him shedding his hair that’s causing an issue. It’s the fact that his hair gets everywhere – clothes, furniture, carpets, etc. So although you can’t stop him from shedding, you can catch and trap all that unwanted hair before it has the chance to get everywhere.
Here are a few grooming tips to help you reduce the amount of hair your Dalmatian leaves behind:
- Brush regularly – Honestly I tell most people to brush their Dalmatians at least twice a week, but I should be telling them to do it daily. Do it outside and use a nice bristle brush since they are designed for dogs with shorter hair. Not only will brushing loosen all the dead hairs causing them to fall, it will also help redistribute the natural oils in his coat making the healthy fur stronger.
- Bathe him once every 4 – 6 months – Giving him a bath will help wash away the dead hair that’s barely hanging on. Just make sure you only use pet safe shampoos and don’t overdo it.
- Vacuum his coat if he lets you – My Dalmatian has no problem with me vacuuming him whenever I clean our carpets, but I know some dogs don’t like it. If you already have the vacuum out and your dog is ok with it, why not pull out some of the fur off of him while you are at it.
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Again, just like with the supplements, there are a lot of products out there that promise to solve the shedding problem. Personally I tried a few and some were good, while others were a waste of money. A good bristle brush and a nice shampoo is all you really need. If you do wish to spend some extra money, the FURminator could be worth trying.
Additional Tips to Help Reduce Dog Hair
Once you have diet down and grooming taken care of, the next step is cleaning. The only way to win the war against fur is to get rid of it – or it will build up fast. Here are a few tips I’ve learned throughout the years:
- Vacuum/sweep your floors at least every other day – I know, sounds like a lot of work, but trust me. This makes a huge difference. Once you get into the habit of doing it, it won’t even take that long.
- Damp mops are great at picking up hair off hardwood floors – It’s amazing how effective just a little bit of water can be. Just be careful if you use any chemical cleaning solutions – they need to be pet safe.
- Cover your furniture – It’s a lot easier to throw the covers into a washing machine than it is to clean all the furniture yourself.
- Change your AC Filters More Often – Now that you got a Dalmatian, you can expect those filters to get clogged up fast.
- Keep your Dalmatian off your Furniture – Not an option for everyone, but it could be a good idea if you are tired of sitting in fur all the time.
- Invest in a lot of Lint Rollers – Unless you want to walk around covered in dog fur, you will need a lot of them.
Do you have any tips or suggestions that I left off? Feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will be sure to add them!
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