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I have a three and a half year old mutt, who sheds excessive amounts of hair. My clothing and floors are covered with puffs of her hair, and I vacuum and use lint rollers daily.

I have tried fish oil, adding salmon to her diet, frequent grooming, bathing, using a furminator, and everything else I can think of. The vet tells me that my dog is perfectly healthy, so it's really just an inconvenience, not a disorder.

(If it matters, she's a mutt. Part hound. Here is a photo.)

How can I reduce or contain the shedding?

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    Have you tried changing foods? The furminator is really the way to go, the first time you use it though you may be brushing for a loooooong time. If you stop brushing and are still getting a lot of undercoat you need to brush more. Keep in mind changing seasons can make your dog shed extra as well. – Rebecca RVT Dec 30 '16 at 19:50
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It sounds like you have taken most of the steps recommended to minimise shedding. These are (for reference):

  • Regular grooming: brushing will remove some or most of the loose hair
  • Improving diet: dogs may have allergies to a certain food causing them to shed more. Higher quality food means better skin which means less shedding even without possible allergies.
  • Vet visit: your dog may be sick causing them to shed more.

If you have tried all of that it is possible that your dog is just a shedder, some breeds do shed more than others. Dogs also shed more during season changes so this may be aggravating the matter.

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