Are you sick of spending a fortune on lint rollers and vacuum bags? Does your corgi shed enough hair to clone himself every few days? No need to knit a new sweater from all that hair; getting corgi shedding under control is easier than you think.
Make brushing your hairy little monster part of your daily routine. Following the direction of hair growth, comb your corgi’s hair in an outward motion away from the skin and work your way around his body. Daily brushing helps prevent the undercoat from gathering into solid pockets of hair known as “packing” and it helps you monitor your dog’s skin and coat for signs of trouble. For best results, use a curved wire slicker brush and remove as much loose hair as possible. Unless you want a new corgi hair rug to line the floors and furniture of your home, it is probably best to hold all grooming sessions outdoors and let the birds use your corgi’s wooly leftovers for their nests.
Bathe your miniature wooly mammoth in warm water on a weekly basis. Warm water helps loosen dead hairs. Use a mild shampoo to avoid drying out your corgi’s skin and check the water temperature to make sure it never gets hot enough to burn him. Don’t forget to protect your drain with a cover to trap all of the hair. Brush your corgi’s coat thoroughly after each bath to remove all excess hair.
Feed your fuzzy friend a high quality diet with added omega-3 fatty acids. The essential oils found in omega-3 supplements derived from fish oil can work wonders on your corgi’s skin and coat. Healthy skin and coat on a corgi will lead to less shedding. Pick up a bottle of fish oil supplement capsules at your local drug store and give your corgi a daily dose along with his food. The recommended dosage for omega-3 for dogs is 1,000 mg fish oil per 30 pounds of body weight.
Take your corgi to the doggie doctor for a check-up. While corgis are naturally heavy shedders, certain health problems can lead to increased shedding. If your corgi’s shedding seemed to increase exponentially without warning, let the vet check for medical causes that could be to blame.
- Unaltered corgis naturally shed more than those that have been spayed or neutered because hormonal changes can affect hair growth cycles. Spay or neuter your corgi to help reduce shedding.
Kristina Barroso is a full-time teacher who has been freelance writing since 1991. She published her first book, a break-up survival guide, in 2007 and specializes in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, relationships and issues in education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University.