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Hi everyone,

6 weeks ago we adopted a 15 month old Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd mix. We got him through a rescue group who had saved him from a kill shelter in the south. The rescue had him treated for heartworm (injection method), mange, severe fleas, yeast infections and aural hematoma. He also tested positive for exposure to lyme and he is positive for ehrlichia. Shortly after we got him we discovered he also had roundworm, and so we are currently treating him for that with our vet. He has been one unlucky guy. :'(

We need advice on how to prevent him from shedding so much, if it's even possible. He sheds enough to fill up an entire vacuum canister every two days and it is so excessive I believe it must have to do with his health problems. No matter how much we brush him it doesn't help. We've even used the Furminator to remove most of his undercoat, and I don't know how it's possible, but the shedding amount is the same. We are vacuuming every day and are fine with that but would like to fix this issue if we can. Are there any supplements we could give him? The past few days I've been adding a little flaxseed oil to his food but haven't noticed a difference yet.


If it helps, the rescue had him on a good quality grain-free food for the 3 months they had him and were getting him healthy; we currently have him on half Taste of the Wild and half Fromm Gold Large Breed (tapering him over to the Fromm permanently)
 

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Hi, welcome.

Some factors that may be at play:

- It's shedding season. Has he recently traveled a long way?
- Stress can lead to shedding, it'll take him a while to settle.


@jclark343 has an Aussie, any tips?
 

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Between those two breeds that's going to be a good amount of shedding normally. Also depending on were you live and what season it is, he may be blowing his coat. That and some dogs just shed a lot to begin with.
What may be helpful and as long as he's comfortable with it, is to get him groomed or do a self grooming. A full bath and a blow out (using a force air dryer) may be helpful to get a large portion of the loose hair out. You could also get a undercoat rake and see if that works better then the furminator.
Flax seed oil may help, but it will probably take a week or two or so to really see a difference, especially if he is blowing his coat. Are you giving him the full recommended dose of flax seed oil per the brand/specific oil your using?
If you aren't already, daily brushing will help.
 

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Oh god, welcome to owning a large hairy dog. Oils in the food can help (my mother uses coconut oil for her dogs) but shedding is a real thing.I use a Mars Coat King on Forbes to help (similar to the Furminator) but right now is shedding season and he is going through a lot.

Another thing that really helps is a high velocity drier. Whenever I brush or bath Forbes I will take him outside and his him with the dryer and the amount of loose hair that flies off is amazing.
 

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Our chow mix sheds a LOT too, and in the spring, she loses a lot of her undercoat. My best advice is to get a good brush and brush your dog at least once a day. Grooming/baths helps too to get rid of the loose fur that hasn't shed out yet. We have a Roomba we have to run daily or our house would be covered in fur.
 
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