Hey everyone... My dog ivy is a beautiful Akbash... in other words she has long beautiful hair... and its EVERYWHERE!!!!! I am semi allergic to dog hair... its not that bad... but now that her shedding has become a problem... i am starting to feel stuffy, conjested and I feel like i have hair in my throat!!! This is rediculous... it has come down to vaccuuming once a day and brushing her twice as much... I know that every dog does it and some more than others... but maybe there are some tricks of the trade that i dont know about to help keep the hair problem to a minimum..... any ideas???
***Edited By: ivy11 on 2/21/2007 4:42:22 PM*** Reason: spelling
I totally understand what you're going through. I have a little Shiba but he can shed up a storm.
I've heard of "Shed-Stop" being effective with some dogs but didn't work at all with mine. He just had a lot of diarrhea from all the oil that he ingested.
What I've found to be most effective is the Furminator treatment. Not only the brush, but the whole thing where you go through the shampoo and conditioner as well. If you have the money, I suggest getting it done at the groomers for what I believe is about $40 (??) per treatment, every 3 weeks. I went to the self-bath place around here that carries the shampoo and brush and did it myself once for about 20 something dollars, but it took about 2 hours to do the whole thing but after that I just gave up on spending that much time on bathing, brushing, and drying him every 3 weeks.
Well, in any case, I did invest in the Furminator brush, which is really effective if you use it often. I've never seen my dog shed so little before, and he is definetly a big shedder.
Thanks for all of your tips... i have heard of that furminator thing before... and now all i have to do is convince my boyfriend that its worth the money!! lol I mentioned it to him and he asked if we needed it!! DUH!
I have never heard of the olive oil, I will try that. My vet gave me Optima 365 for Daisy. Daisy is my little 22 lbs grand puppy that sheds worse then both my huskies put together.
I have also changed Daisy's diet with the help of the Optima she is on her way to a shed free dog. Anytime you start to change the diet or add a supplement it will take a few months before you notice the improvement.
Do you use a good dog food? I put my animals on canidae and felidae, holistice food, costs more but they eat less, poop less and don't shed almost at all! You wouldn't know I have a St Bernard in the house! My cats fur is now soft like a rabbit! A better food is worth it. I bet the olive oil would work too I would just watch for the runs if there are not used to it :).