The Shedding Coat
Shedding is seasonal and unavoidable. As a rule, the heaviest shedding occurs every spring and fall and related primarily to changes in the duration and intensity of sunlight. House dogs while out of direct sunlight are exposed to long hours of artificial light and it sometimes seems as if they never quit shedding. Most dogs shed at least once a year and do not shed their coats evenly. Some have a double coat composed of a long outer of ‘guard’ hairs and an undercoat of softer or shorter hair for warmth. When a dog with this type of coat begins to shed, the inner coat may come out in a patchy fashion and your dog may look quite tattered and moth-eaten! Dead hair next to the skin is irritating and can lead to an itch/scratch cycle that can damage the skin and cause further problems including infections. If left alone for too long, excessive matting can occur and will make it very painful for the dog or cat to be brushed out. Regular and proper grooming and washing can be the difference between a good coat and an excellent coat. Keep brushing your pets between visits to the groomer and you and your dogs and cats will be happier. It’s a Dog’s Life Pet Spa would be more then pleased to help your dogs and cats achieve an amazing coat and beautiful look, especially through the shedding process.