Yes..Labradors shed a lot!!
Like humans, dogs shed hair, but some shed a lot more than others. Think about the poor four legged creature in the summer; you don’t wear a winter coat when it’s 25C outside and they don’t like to either!
Unfortunately, this means they have to shed their fur, and Labradors are especially good at shedding excess hair. During this time, Labs will shed off their old and often dead hairs, and a lovely shiny new coat will come through. Only problem is they shed where they are, which ultimately means many houses get a new carpet of Lab hair.
Whilst it may be annoying to continually hoover the house, there are some things you can do to help your canine fluff ball, and your house. Regular time and attention invested by you can really help manage the shedding process and limit your new carpet. Below is a brief outline of some potential ways to mitigate the shedding; unfortunately dogs, and labs in particular shed hair so there is no miracle to stop it completely.
Diet is just as important for dogs as it is for us humans – ‘you are what you eat’ is equally relevant to dogs. A good diet is essential for many reasons such as ensuring they get the correct nutrition they need, not too much fat or sugar etc.
Essentially all the nutritional benefits are the same for dogs as they are for humans, and dogs can get obese too. The added bonus with a good diet for dogs is the effect on shedding. Labs should be fed with the highest quality food possible as this will reduce the stress on their insides as many cheap foods contain grains that are harder to digest. Focus on foods with a high proportion of meat which may help reduce shedding.
Regular grooming can easily save you a lot of time in hoovering. Invest in a decent grooming brush and spend a few minutes every day brushing the loose hairs out of your fluffy friend. The loose hairs will come out anyway, so it’s better they come out whilst grooming than onto your carpet. This is a very well invested change to your daily routine that is beneficial for both you and them.
It is possible to purchase products that are specifically designed to groom dogs that shed a lot of hair. There are different products available, each with their merits and drawbacks so have a look around and see if any suit you and your dog.
With regular care and maintenance you can mitigate a large proportion of the shedding. Just remember though, dogs will always shed, some more than others. If your dog seems to be shedding more or less than unusual, is scratching excessively or shows any signs of discomfort, it’s worth getting the vet to have a quick look. Shedding can be related to other health issues, so if you’re unsure mention it to the vet.