This is a major concern for the GSD enthusiast for sure. Most GSD newbies fall in love for this breed due to their magnificent appearance and their incredible intelligence, without sparing even minimum thought on the drawbacks of this breed. Despite their royal attitude, majestic look, voluminous barks, tremendous innate strength and unbelievable level of intelligence and working ability, German Shepherd Dogs have a very few drawbacks and one of them is that they are heavy shedders.
Most people ask if they can stop or mitigate shedding in their German Shepherd Dogs. Straight way, the answer is “NO”. It is nearly impossible to completely stop a shedding in German Shepherds. However, you can certainly be successful to reduce shedding in dogs that sheds beyond normal. If your dog is shedding excessively and beyond normal, it is time for you to see your vet without delay.
Excessive shedding in any breed, including GSD is usually caused nutritional as well as environmental factors. Shedding is again a hormonal factor also. After your German Shepherd females (or any other breed) have whelped or completed the heat cycle, she would normally shed her coat. Spaying and neutering sometimes cause the dog shed excessively, which is often considered as the side effect of the surgery.
Hepatic ailments sometimes cause overly shedding, which should brought to the vet’s attention as soon as possible. Diet plays a vital role in controlling shedding in your GSD or any other dog breeds. Choosing nutritious and healthy diet with essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and other components is a wise step to fight shedding. The cause should be identified and must be checked at the root, internally.