Today I want to let you guys know about a product called the Shed Defender. I’ve featured the product here on That Mutt a couple of times. It has a lot of uses and can help a variety of dogs and their owners.
First, it’s best to get the laughs out of the way because the Shed Defender is truly a onesie for dogs! …. We call it Ace’s “lumberjack suit.” …
… But on a serious note, the product is more than just a silly, adorable outfit.
The Shed Defender can:
- Replace the medical cone collar (this is what we use it for)
- Help manage a dog’s allergies
- Manage a person’s allergies to dogs
- Control the shedding in your home or car
- Protect your dog from insects
- Decrease anxiety in some dogs
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In this post, I’ll share some examples of professionals who use the product for the dogs in their care. Dr. Pete Lands is the director of emergency and critical care at Saint Francis Veterinary Center in New Jersey. Kenny Shuck runs a rescue group for border collies based out of Indiana.
The Shed Defender for controlling your dog’s shedding
On a daily basis, Dr. Pete Lands’ clients ask him how they can stop their dogs from shedding.
“I spent an afternoon reading journal articles on hair loss and shedding only to find out what I already knew was true,” he said. “Shedding is normal. It can’t be stopped but can be contained.”
While searching online, he came across the Shed Defender for managing shedding and decided to try it for his own dog, a Labrador.
“The results were remarkable. I didn’t have to sweep my house daily, and there was no more fur on my couch.”
Lands said the product was easy to use because his dog will do anything for a treat!
Turns out, a lot of dog owners want to find a way to control the shedding. I shared many examples in this post.
Ordering a Shed Defender:
The Shed Defender is available on its website in many different colors and sizes. Use code Mutt15 for 15% off.
Shed Defender for replacing the cone collar
My Lab mix Ace sheds worse than any dog I’ve met, but I prefer to use the Shed Defender for a different reason – replacing the medical cone collar.
Ace has had plenty of allergies over the years that cause hot spots and other skin problems. He’s spent plenty of time wearing the cone, and the Shed Defender is helpful because it gives us an alternative.
Kenny Shuck runs the rescue group “Clancy’s Dream” and said he also finds the Shed Defender valuable as an alternative to a cone collar.
The cone limits the dog from reaching the surgery spot, but it also limits the dog’s freedom, he said. For example, walking through doors with a cone collar is challenging for some dogs. So is going down steps. And while walking in the house, dogs can easily knock over or damage items.
Shuck said he’s tried various styles of cone collars but they increase the heart rate of some dogs or spook the dogs and cause anxiety problems. Some dogs will even just lie still and not move when they have a cone collar on.
Yet, while wearing the Shed Defender the dog has “total freedom and can live a normal life,” he said.
The product has helped several of the dogs in his rescue group. One of the dogs recently had abdominal surgery and the Shed Defender keeps the area covered. Another dog is wearing a Shed Defender to protect an ACL surgery.
“It does not rub or interfere with any surgeries we’ve had,” Shuck said.
He wrote a blog post about how the product has helped the dogs in his rescue. Read it here.
Likewise, Lands said he also recommends the product for some of his post-operative surgical patients.
“It is extremely helpful to prevent dogs from agitating repairs of the neck, ankles, and wrists,” he said. “Because Shed Defender is made from an eco-friendly, breathable fabric, I generally do not get concerned about trapping moisture and delaying healing.”
Other uses for the Shed Defender
Lands listed out several other examples where the product is helpful.
1. Warmth in the winter.
“In the winter it is a great and fashionable way to keep your dog warm on walks,” he said. “Because it’s very easy to put on and take off, it barely adds time to your routine.”
2. Keeping dog hair out of the car.
Lands said his friends and family would complain when he picked them up in his car. They didn’t want to sit in all the dog hair!
“Putting the Shed Defender on my dog before car rides has become a routine,” he said. “Less hair in my car means less time I have to spend vacuuming.”
3. Reducing a dog’s anxiety.
Lands said the Shed Defender might decrease a dog’s general anxiety during thunderstorms or car rides. This is because it provides a source of constant skin pressure that can have a calming effect on the body.
Both Lands and Shuck said most dogs don’t seem to mind wearing the Shed Defender. I also found this to be the case with my dog Ace.
If needed, Lands suggested introducing the Shed Defender with something your dog loves like a treat or a favorite toy to help them relate to wearing it with a positive experience.
Here is a quick video I made showing my dog Ace in his Shed Defender:
Could the Shed Defender help your dog? (Giveaway!)
Shed Defender is giving away a onesie to one reader of That Mutt (must have a U.S. mailing address). Yes, I just called it a onesie.
To enter, just leave a comment below so I know your dog wants in on the drawing.
I’ll choose a winner at random on Tuesday March 22. The winner will be notified by email first and then posted here.
Let me know in the comments if your dog is interested in a Shed Defender.
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Read my full review of the Shed Defender here.