As the weather begins to warm up we’re not the only ones who will pack away our winter wardrobe in favour of our spring collection. As a pet owner you’ll also notice changes in your dog’s coat as they shed their winter fur to make way for their summer coat, which helps to regulate their body temperature and keep them cool in the warmer months.

However, if the thought of your pet shedding all over the house leaves you in a cold sweat, don’t panic! Stuart Simons, FURminator’s Grooming Expert and Founder of The Groomer’s Spotlight, has busted some of the most common myths around shedding so you can be sure your four-legged friend is left with a beautifully healthy and glossy coat.

All pets will shed the same amount – MYTH

The rate in which your pet’s coat sheds will depend on many factors. The breed, age and general health of your dog will affect how much fur they lose as well as whether they live predominately indoors or outdoors. For example, pets that are kept indoors are more likely to shed evenly throughout the year as their body temperature stays more regulated than a pet who craves being outside.

Pets shed because of a change in temperature – MYTH

The reason a pet tends to shed more in spring isn’t just because the weather is getting warmer, it’s actually because of the amount of daylight they’re exposed to. Central heating does also play a part, which is why indoor pets will also shed, but the difference in daylight has the biggest effect on our pet’s coats.

As the clocks go forward and the days get longer, you may notice your pet’s shedding begins to increase, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. This is because of the fluctuations in the hormone melatonin, secreted by the pineal gland in response to the seasonal sunlight variations.

Shaving is the best way to deal with shedding – MYTH

The general reaction to excess shedding is the impulse to shave, however this doesn’t prevent shedding. Instead, pets will continue to shed but the hair will be shorter. This method can also sometimes lead to post clipping alopecia. If this occurs your pet’s coat will take much longer to grow back and may become thin and wispy leaving them prone to sunburn and a patchy, scruffy coat.

This is a guest essay by Stuart Simons. Want to write for us? Visit www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/essay-submission or email editorial@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk 

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