Natural Ways to Decrease Pet Shedding

Dear Home-Ec 101,

How do you control the dog hair in the house and keep the little ones from turning into little puppies themselves? Vacuuming does not seem to be enough.


Buried in dog hair

finger-up.JPGIvy says:

I have 2 cats and a dog, so I feel your pain. We’ve had times where we brushed so much hair off our cats, we could have made a new cat. We seriously considered knitting a cat hair sweater, but we’re all too busy.

Fortunately, we discovered methods to lessen the cat and dog hair in the house, and none too soon- all that hair kept clogging our vacuum. It really irks me to have to take a vacuum apart. With the new method, we only clog our vacuum every once in awhile.

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The key to controlling the shedding is to groom, groom, groom! Use a good brush specifically designed to control shedding, and brush your dog every single day. Heather always brushes her dog outside, but I live in a colder climate than she does, and I can say brushing your dog in the bathroom is a good alternative to brushing outside when it is too cold.

The other key to controlling shedding is to use Brewer’s Yeast in their diet.

I like the Drs. Foster & Smith brand. You can get it in powder form, which is good for those of us who have animals that absolutely do not trust us to not poison them with pills.

The grooming and Brewer’s Yeast combo will make the shedding quite minimal, as long as you keep up with it. (Sometimes I forget, and that’s when the vacuum clogging occurs!)

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  1. speth on May 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    My dog is absolutely terrified of brushes (he was abused as a puppy) We have tried all kinds, even the same kind i use on my head and he cries and runs and hides and pees. is there anything i can do besides brush my giant baby?

    • Bobbie Laughman on May 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Speth, I don’t have a dog, but my inlaws always have, and when they had big dogs, Mom would always use the vacuum on them (the kind with a hose, obviously) and they seemed to enjoy it. Perhaps if you have a hose-type vac  that can adjust to gentle suction you could try it on a puppy. Full-strength suction might be too scary for him.

  2. […] have found adding brewer’s yeast to their diet  helps with the shedding, but you still have to brush them every day. Every day! […]

  3. Badbadivy on March 5, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    You absolutely can, the formula I linked to can be used for both cats and dogs.

  4. Sonia on March 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    ahhhh, what an EXCELLENT tip. My question…can you use it for cats as well?

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