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Excessive shedding help
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fairgame84 · 08/02/2020 16:04

My lovely Dog sheds constantly and I'm struggling to cope.
He has hypothyroidism and is on meds, the vet said the shedding is due to this.
I can't even describe how much hair he loses every day, I don't understand how he isn't bald!
I furminate him twice per week but I can't bath him because he is terrified of water.
I hoover every day but it never gets better. You only have to strike him and you're covered in hair.

I want to have a baby next year but I can't when the house is covered in dog hair.
There is no way I would get rid of my dog but I need a solution to the hair.

I've attached a photo of what happens I have to hoover on a daily basis. The white bits are clumps of hair.

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ImGoingSlightlyBrad · 08/02/2020 16:21

Brush daily and get a robotic hoover. Seriously, they make a world of difference as they can go round twice a day without fuss, or overnight when you are sleeping. Plus they are more thorough so get all the loose hairs under furniture, in corners etc.

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Wolfiefan · 08/02/2020 16:23

What sort of dog? (Wondering what sort of coat?)
Why can’t you try for a baby because of dog hair? Confused

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Floralnomad · 08/02/2020 16:24

Have him clipped really short every month , might ruin his coat but it won’t actually do him any harm , although he may need a coat for cold weather walking .

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LochJessMonster · 08/02/2020 16:26

I feel you OP, my boy sheds like mad! And it’s short fine hair that sticks to everything.
I’ll go on holiday (without dog) and the hotel room will end up hairy!

It’s actually the one main thing that would put me off getting another dog.

Not much you can do but hoover and sweep often and use lint rollers a lot.

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LochJessMonster · 08/02/2020 16:27

My guess is golden retriever

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ImGoingSlightlyBrad · 08/02/2020 16:27

My guess is a lab - can we open a book on it? Grin

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Wolfiefan · 08/02/2020 16:42

I guessed lab in which case a daily go with the furminator is more like it. Twice a week won’t cut it! Grin

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Dreamersandwishers · 08/02/2020 17:01

I have a lab with hypothyroidism and he sheds, but no more than the other lab. They’re black though - unlike our yellow pals, the hair doesn’t float as soon as you stroke them.
Have you looked at food or supplements which may support him? Mine gets yumega or salmon oil and his coat is shiny. It doesn’t grow quickly if he is shaved for a blood test, but otherwise he’s pretty normal.
Like the sound of the robotic vacuum though.

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Queenonfleek · 08/02/2020 17:04

Bet it’s an Akita- mine leaves the equivalent of a sheepskin rug when she stands up - she has a full blow 3 times a year and it really gets me down - everything gets covered- the best thing we find is a professional groom as they can get out so much more hair with their equipment.. last time my dog gave up an entire bin bag of hair 😩

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TeddyIsaHe · 08/02/2020 17:08

You need to groom him daily, if not twice daily. And then get him groomed monthly to keep him trimmed short.

What breed?

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Strokethefurrywall · 08/02/2020 17:11

This is my double coated monster Frank (retriever/shepherd street dog) and I have reached the end of my shit with the shedding. Not least because he's fear aggressive with anyone that looks like a groomer or a vet, and tries to eat the furminator so I have today (yes this morning!) picked up sedatives from my vet and I will be clipping him short as soon as he falls asleep.

For me, the fact that his fur gets so matted kills me. We have to cut clumps out from his butt hair and behind his ears.

DH doesn't want to clip him because is fur hides the fact that he's about 20lb overweight, but I keep telling him that once he sheds 5lb in undercoat he'll well be able to walk him longer. We live in Caribbean so it's hot all year around, and he's got a husky undercoat.

In any event, Frank knows he's a handsome fucker and is very confident in his looks, holiday weight or no holiday weight...

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Strokethefurrywall · 08/02/2020 17:12

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Strokethefurrywall · 08/02/2020 17:15

And honestly, there is no time for us to brush him daily (can't even brush my own damn hair daily!) so I'd rather clip him short and sedate him every 4 months to keep on top of the fur.

With 2 kids and another older dog who is urinary incontinent, this is the one thing I can control...

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Bubblysqueak · 08/02/2020 17:16

Definitely recommend a robot hoover, our dog sheds like mad and on the lead up to summer the hoover goes round 2 or 3 times a day to keep on top of the hair, which is fine as I don't have to do it.

Also we need to groom him every day I'm the spring and autumn when his coat is changing.

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Floralnomad · 08/02/2020 17:19

Im sure Frank will look lovely with his haircut .

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anon2000000000 · 08/02/2020 17:20

Retriever or husky?

I got a shark, changed my life in the battle of floor vs dog fur.

Also purchasing a robot hoover

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fairgame84 · 08/02/2020 17:50

He's a mongrel. Possibly some lab in him.
He's lovely.

I've never considered clipping.
Robot hoover sounds amazing. He would be petrified of it though. He's scared of everything.

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MartiniDry · 08/02/2020 17:53

I second the idea of a robotic vacuum cleaner and twice daily grooming with the FURminator.

My guesses are Pyrrenean, Sibe, Malamute, or white GSD.

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Strokethefurrywall · 08/02/2020 18:25

We also had an iRobot roomba who put up a valiant effort, but lost the battle against the tumbleweeds of fur after less than a year.

I'd wager that robot vacuums are amazing for short coated dogs like labs but the rotational brushes come a cropper against very long undercoat.

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