Man vs. Hair

Dear Pet Column,

My boyfriend has been complaining about my shedding dog. Don’t worry though - as my dog doesn’t complain about my boyfriend’s snoring or whining I know which one I will keep if I have to choose. But is there a way reduce the shedding so I can keep both men in my life?

Sincerely, Torn Between Two Loves

Hi Torn, my name is Woodstock and I would love to spread peace and harmony in your life by helping you manage your dog’s shedding. Just follow these easy tips:

  1. Tell your boyfriend to just deal with it – it is only hair. Sorry, I couldn’t help it…but as a homeless pet I am allowed to poke fun at human sensitivities (as they so often are the cause of pet homelessness). But on a more serious note - shedding is a natural part of your pet’s life and the life of a pet owner. It is a small concession to having a huggable, loving, and fun pet.
  2. Groom your dog regularly – daily if possible. This keeps the hair on the brush and into the trash rather than on your boyfriend’s favorite Tshirt. And most pets really enjoy grooming so it is a win-win!
  3. Bathe your dog regularly. This is particularly important during the seasonal shedding periods of the year. Most pets have a shedding period in the spring and fall (this cycle may not be consistent with indoor only pets).
  4. Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet's coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a high quality food with good digestible protein sources.
  5. Experiment with “de-shedding” products. Although I don’t have formal recommendations, I have heard positive reports about several grooming tools and products designed to aid in reducing shedding.
  6. If your pet is shedding abnormally larger amounts than usual consult a veterinarian. Physical and/or emotional problems can cause large, abnormal amounts of shedding. Also, it is not normal for your pets coat to thin with age or develop bald spots – again take your pet to the vet if this occurs.
  7. Work on deepening the bond between your dog and boyfriend. Go on fun hikes or teach your dog to fetch your boyfriend a beer or slippers. Your human beau will likely soon grow fond of picking hair from his clothing, seeing the hair as a little love note from your dog.
  8. If all your efforts do not work – definitely ditch the dude and thank the dog...

I am a syrupy sweet natured handsome brown brindle coated low shedding bull mix that could melt any man’s heart. At only 3 ½ years young I enjoy active days, goofing around and playing fetch, and candle lit dinners. I haven’t met a person yet who I didn’t like and who didn’t like me…

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