Shed Control

Shed Control: 8 Tips

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.

1. Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet’s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a high quality food, preferably free of grain, with good digestible protein sources.

2. Feed a fatty acid supplement to your dog keeps its coat healthy.

3. 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. If you allow pets on your furniture or bed, you would be wise to invest in a few furniture throws. Throws will keep your furniture looking (and smelling) better, while making your home more inviting to guests. Car seat covers are also an excellent investment and are highly recommended.

4. Control allergies and fleas. See your veterinarian or local pet store to make sure your pet is getting proper allergy relief. To help prevent itching and scratching from fleas, use a monthly treatment such as K9advantix® II or a seasonal collar such as a Seresto® collar to help prevent and control infestations.

5. Vacuum often. Be diligent in your vacuuming efforts. Frequent vacuuming is the best way to keep your home hair free.

6 Bathe your pet occasionally during the summer. A clean pet will have a healthier coat. A gentle oatmeal shampoo once a month or so will clean without drying the skin and rejuvenate a lackluster coat.

7. Have regular checkups. Many diseases can affect the skin and coat. Regular visits to your veterinarian will help identify problems early, and may provide a more effective treatment.

8. Use the correct 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. Some pets may need more than one type of brush to remove all of the dead hair.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *