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What can i introduce to my dog's diet to help with shedding?

 
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so i have a dog, hes a border collie, and he sheds EXTREMELY bad, im sure its natural cause he doesnt have any missing hair per se, he just leaves a whole new puppy when he lays down on the couch lol
anyway he lives with my mom atm because i dont have a home yet and cant keep him with anyone on my dads side of the family that would enable me to see him more often, my mom and step-dad smoke cancer sticks and also have a few cats in the home, if any of this is relevant, but i was wondering if there was anything i could put into his diet that would help reduce shedding?
currently his diet consists of store bought dog food and food scraps from what my mom/stepdad dont feel like eating
 
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I think shedding is pretty normal in these warmer months.

Probably the best solution is to give him a good brushing outside every day.
This will rid him of the hairs he would otherwise put on the couch & carpet.

If he was shedding excessively in the cooler months, I would put a scant spoonful of cod liver oil in each feeding.


 
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he sheds excessively year round, and im not normally around to brush him, and he HATES it when my mother does because she isnt so nice about it...
but thanks for the cod liver oil suggestion, ill look into it:)
 
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My familiy's collie needs regular brushing; he's an outside dog so shedding's not really an issue, but if he's not, he quickly develops a distinctly Rastafarian look and has to have his dreads cut out, to his great humiliation
I think sheddings's generally something certain breeds just do and I can't imagine diet would make much difference.
I've seen many a clipped collie...a heat, rather than shedding thing, but it'd work.
But I think it looks ridiculous, and I'm pretty sure the dogs feel the same!
 
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yeah i think he may just be a shedder, but regardless of all the hair i eat and get in my eye and ALL OVER my clothes and shoes, i love the energetic bastard lol
 
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We've had a very good experience with The Furminator, an awesome brush for dogs and cats that takes off loads of fur with each pass.
 
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I've noticed that my outside dog's shedding is taken care of very neatly by their wrestling and playing with each other. It literally knocks the loose hairs from their coats. I found the difference when one of my dogs died of old age and the other didn't have her to tussle with. Now I have to brush him quite a bit at certain times of the year and I never had to do so before.

I agree with the advice to brush frequently as those breeds of dog do much better outside, having a double coat to keep them comfortable while living outdoors. Dealing with the end results of having a dog with a double coat indoors would be challenging....but I don't think any diet is going to lessen that load. It is what it is.
 
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Fish oil! The omega 3's help make healthy skin follicles and moisturize the coat, making the hairs have a better hold to the skin. You can also feed your dog a fish-based dog food. I would recommend Wellness Core Ocean formula food because wellness as a company puts extra omega 3's into all of their foods, but the ocean formula adds even more because of the fish protein.
 
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thank you:)
 
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