One big nuisance faced by pet owners is unwanted hair in their homes. Nearly
every dog and cat – regardless of their age or breed – sheds. Some breeds
have more hair or thicker undercoats and will shed in higher quantities, but
all dogs and cats will shed hair. While we cannot stop a dog or cat from
shedding, we can help reduce the amount of loose hair.
Animals shed to get rid of old, damaged, or extra hair. Animals grow a heavy
coat in the winter to help insulate themselves and then shed the extra hair
in the summer.
Brush your pet! Regular, even daily, brushing is the best thing you can do
to keep your home free of hair. Brushing will also make your pet’s coat
softer, cleaner, and less likely to shed. Feed an appropriate pet food. A
pet’s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a high quality food
with good digestible protein sources.
Cover your furniture and car seats. Upholstery is a magnet for pet hair, and
removing pet hair from furniture or car seats can be a tedious task. Covers
will keep your furniture looking better. Car seat covers are also an
excellent investment and are highly recommended.
Vacuum often. Be diligent in your vacuuming efforts. Frequent vacuuming is
the best way to keep your home hair free.
Bathe your dog occasionally during the summer. A clean dog will have a
healthier coat. A gentle oatmeal shampoo once a week or so will clean
without drying the skin.
Have regular checkups. Many diseases can affect the skin and haircoat.
Regular visits to your veterinarian will help identify problems early, and
provide more effective treatment.
Use the right brush. Slicker Brushes, Shedding Blades, Mat breakers and Love
Gloves each have a specific function and work best on the type of coat they
are designed for. Most pets need more than one type of brush to remove all
of the dead hair.
Remember that routine brushing and grooming are an important part of every
pet’s care. By paying attention to your pet’s diet and following these tips,
you can significantly reduce the amount of pet hair in your home and in your