Shedding is a concern for all dogs, especially golden retrievers. While it doesn’t look good on your clothes and furniture, a golden retriever shedding can also heighten allergy concerns and even cause your dog’s fur to matte.
Can you stop golden retrievers from shedding? You can’t stop golden retrievers from shedding altogether, but you can make it more manageable and controllable by being sure to do these things:
- Bathe them consistently.
- Brush them regularly.
- Keep them hydrated.
- Feed them high-quality food.
- Get them professionally groomed.
- Use furniture covers.
- Watch their health.
- Take them swimming.
Dogs with layered coats tend to shed more, and golden retrievers aren’t an exception. Trying to deal with it can be tricky, but it is possible to make the shedding more manageable and even somewhat controllable.
Why Do Dogs Shed?
Shedding happens with your golden retriever for various reasons, some good and some concerning. Let’s take a closer look at the most common reasons shedding occurs.
Breed Type. This is mainly a factor due to the length of the hair and the rate of its growth. Certain breeds, such as poodles, lose hair slower and need trimming. Golden Retrievers are long-haired and don’t lose hair faster than average, but the length of their hair may make the shedding more noticeable.
The seasons mean different temperatures and climate factors. Dogs shed fur as we shed clothing layers when it is hot outside. When it is colder, they, like us, want more protection from the cold.
Expecting mothers lose certain nutrients that are needed for a healthy coat. This, in turn, may cause more shedding. Lactating mothers also face the same issues.
If you don’t take care of your dog, or even your dog’s fur, then they are more likely to shed.
Most health concerns also come with more shedding from your dog. If there aren’t any other known factors, consider reaching out to your vet for their expertise.
Why is Shedding a Concern?
Shedding can cause trouble for humans and their canine counterparts. Not only are health concerns a possibility, but there are other, less serious reasons to consider doing what you can to manage and control your goldie’s shedding.
Several of the concern for humans are also shared by your pets.
|Ailment||Human Concern||Canine Concern|
|Allergies||More shedding by your dog can mean harsher allergies for you. There is more dander, other allergens can be trapped in the hair, and it can cause skin irritation.||Animals have allergies as humans do. Your animals may shed more due to an allergic reaction to something, and they can also have an allergic reaction do to something trapped in their own fur. This is common with pollen allergies or other environmental or pest factors. Fleas are a common allergy and can survive on shed fur.|
|Fleas||Fleas are attracted to all things fur. If there is more fur, you can bet the possibility of fleas also rises. They can stick around the fur, whether it is attached to the dog or not. This means everywhere there is fur, a flea may follow.||As with human concern, fleas can be everywhere there is fur. Even if you treat your pet for fleas, unless you have the shedding under control, it is more likely for them to be reinfested.|
|Asthma||Just as allergies can be worse due to shedding, asthma can, as well. Allergens can cause airway troubles and may call for more frequent attacks.||As with humans, animals can have asthma, and it can also become worse due to allergies. It is important to figure out the cause and take care to follow your vet’s instructions to make sure your pet doesn’t come to harm.|
|Germs and Bacteria||Everything that gets stuck in a filter or in anything else with tightly compacted follicles can then be stuck in the fur. Germs and bacteria thrive in areas with compacted animal fur.||If humans can get sick due to animal hair, the animals themselves are also more likely to get sick. The germs and bacteria would otherwise be kept on their fur, can now more easily be ingested.|
|Parasites||These live in tiny spaces and are good at surviving. Just as they are hard to rid your pets of normally, it will be difficult to keep them from your home if you aren’t keeping the shedding under control. Plenty of parasites and pests live in the hair of animals, whether it is on the animal or not.||Like the germs and bacteria, pests and parasites living within the fur are more easily ingested. It may also lead to your animal contracting a parasite or pest previously treated.|
|Nutrient Deficiency||Parasites, germs, and other illness-causing troubles can lead to nutrient deficiency in humans, as well.||When your goldie is low in needed vitamins and minerals and oils, one of the biggest signs is the loss of fur. Typically, their coat will be visibly poor in this case, but make sure to keep your dogs diet healthy.|
|Stress||The stress of over-shedding can be unhealthy for humans. Their furniture is clean, or their pet may be sick, and that can cause a large amount of stress for humans.||Sometimes humans lose hair due to high amounts of stress, and dogs are no different. Make sure something isn’t stressing your dog out so much they are losing their hair.|
Managing Shedding by Your Golden Retriever
As each dog is unique, the cause for an overabundance of shedding may not be immediately known. However, there are certain ways you can manage and even control shedding to some extent in all dogs.
Bathe them consistently. Clean dogs are healthier dogs. When humans take care of their hair, it is healthier. The same is said for dogs. Not only does it apply to fur, but it also applies to their skin and oil accumulation, too.
Brush them regularly. Don’t just brush them every once in a while. Take the time to consistently groom and take care of your dog. Trim their hair when needed, brush them, take care of any matting and tangles, treat for fleas, and do regular checks of ears and other trouble areas.
Keep them hydrated. Hydration is everything when it comes to health. Shedding will happen when there is an unhealthy issue, and dehydration is no exception. Hydration also allows for the growth of fur and strength in immunity.
Feed them high-quality food. High-quality, not strictly high-cost, food will have what your dog needs for a healthy diet. Certain foods are properly balanced for healthier coats, as well. Check with your vet to learn the best food for your golden retriever.
Get them professionally groomed. Having someone who is professionally skilled in keeping your pet groomed well, can seriously help your dog in more ways than just shedding. Professionals will take their time to make sure that your dog is cared for in their uniquely needed way.
Use furniture covers. You can’t expect to only change things with your pet. If your furniture appearance and cleanliness is a concern, cover it. You could even go one step further and match it to the color of your goldie’s fur so it is less noticeable.
Watch their health. Make sure their health is stable and seek assistance should there be a concern.
Take them swimming. When you want a healthy and fun way of getting rid of extra fur, take them for a swim. Most golden retrievers love swimming, and it is good for dogs of any age considering it is low impact. It will even be manageable for dogs with joint issues. The bonus is that the water will help loose hair come out and float away.
Golden Retrievers shed as most dogs do, and while there isn’t a way to simply make them stop, there are measures you can take to control it.
Much of it is dependent on health and grooming, so be sure that they are fed properly, checked for health issues, groomed properly and regularly, and otherwise cared for.
Be sure to check with your vet if there are any underlying concerns about your golden retriever’s shedding.
There are serious health concerns that may be a cause, and if left unchecked, they can cause serious damage and possibly death. Remember, though, shedding happens, and you may just need to adjust your space to account for it.