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Hair Shedding Problem in Labrador Retriever,help?

Hello friends, i notice heavy shedding in my 6 month old labrador.Is this seasonal? Ive started feeding him 'Nutri-coat'-2.5 ml,two times. Ive started using PetHex shampoo. I brush him daily but still find a lot fur everwhere.
By Navjot Singh · 19 Aug 2011 1:17 pm

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By Navjot Singh · 19 Aug 2011 6:13 pm
Anil, I must say, you are an "Asset" for this website. After reading this website I understood why I can't control the menace caused by shedding in my Labrador. The kind of brush I was using- bristle brush- is not meant for removing dead hair but to dust off dirt and distribute oil all over the skin. The following are the brushes they recommend, to be used one after the other:
1) Short hair rake- to rake the dead coat out. The substitute of it can be pink zoom groom or shedding blade.
2) Slicker brush- to get out the clumps of hair, the rake missed.
3) Wide-toothed comb- to loosen any mats.
4) narrow-toothed comb- which according to the page, is a time consuming process.
5) Bristle brush- to catch any loose hair.
The sites also asserts the principle- the sooner the dead coat is removed, the sooner the new one will come out.
Excellent Anil!! Hats off to you...a commendable work!

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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 19 Aug 2011 6:27 pm
look for Furmintor brush which is the best. I guess it must be here at Dogspot Shop section. Its the best for overall brushing and the absorbent towel too. i use these both and save hell lot of time n energy.
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By Navjot Singh · 19 Aug 2011 11:38 pm
Yes, I've heard of Furmintor. But was not sure if it was ok to use it on a puppy.But since, ok are recommending it, I hope it's safe. By the way, he's just six month old.
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By Navjot Singh · 19 Aug 2011 11:39 pm
Yes, I've heard of Furmintor. But was not sure if it was ok to use it on a puppy.But since, ok are recommending it, I hope it's safe. By the way, he's just six month old.
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By chollen · 19 Aug 2011 11:59 pm
2.5 ml is way too less for your dog...make it 10ml morning n 10 ml night
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By Navjot Singh · 20 Aug 2011 9:14 pm
Chollen, my dog's shedding is seasonal. 5 ml/day is sufficient as the dog food i feed is already enriched with Omega and fatty acid. Im feeding skin supplement to meet any additional requirement of these two. The supplement wont stop the old coat to shed but ensure the the new coat is heathy. What he does require is a good grooming session.
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 20 Aug 2011 9:20 pm
One small thing which i am sure nearly max of owners miss while adding supplements/syrups etc in diet is how to add it.
Like normally one would open the cap and measure n add the supplement in food AND then CLOSE the cap again.After sometime one would notice that the supplement comes out of the cap n sticks near the bottle neck. Within 48 hours, fungus starts to form and goes INSIDE the supplement making it poisonous.
The reason behind that we find most supplement in packs of small quantity is this. Also while in open contact they start breaking itself fast. Only Himalaya still gives the packing of glass while others shift to plastic.Glass bottle is much safer.

We have seen many instances when a proper healthy dogs develops severe sickeness out of blue and no one is able to get to the bottom of this issue.

Hence be careful and keep the supplement bottles clean.

just my cent here....
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 20 Aug 2011 9:27 pm
The Labrador Retriever is only one of the few breeds known to produce an oil through the pores of the skin. It will develop a very dry and brittle coat in a very short period of time when the entire Linoleic acid group is not present in its daily diet. The Linoleic acid group consist of three fatty acids: Oleic, Linolenic and Linoleic. The best commercial sources of these fatty acids for the Labrador Retriever are fish oil, linseed oil, or cold pressed wheat germ oil.
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By Navjot Singh · 21 Aug 2011 2:46 pm
Thanks Anil, another comman myth among indian dog owners, ive witnessed it as my own parents practised it-shaving the coat. Its believed shaving the coat reduces shedding and keeps pets cooler which is all crap! The inner coat helps trap air and keep the animal cool.
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By Rana Atheya · 21 Aug 2011 3:56 pm
Very interesting discussion. I have a golden and we have been using Furminator from a long time now. It works very well. FURminator models available in India are not suitable for double coated dogs like Pomeranians, GSDs etc. It works like wonders on Labrador. Here is the link to browse FURminator essentials
https://www.dogspot.in/shop/br and/furminator
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By Navjot Singh · 21 Aug 2011 6:47 pm
Yes, its a revolutionising product. Im using a tradional slicker brush and the results are also satisfying.
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