Don’t Despair When Pet Hair Gets You Down
The pendulum may swing between spending an entire weekend ridding the floors and furniture of pet hair – or letting it go until you really can’t stand it any longer. Indeed, pet hair can really get you down and take over your entire house. There are non-shedding pets out there, but unless you have a Sphynx cat or an American Hairless Terrier, you might be looking for some prime methods for pet hair management. Look no further than The Pet Experts who have “combed” through and put together the following tips and tricks.
Reasons for Pet Hair Loss
Most shedding is a 100% natural process that removes old, dry, damaged, or dead hairs. Pets depend on hair to regulate body temperature and protect the skin. Without shedding, their coat cannot effectively grow new hair.
When to be Concerned
Some animals who are allergic to fleas can scratch, develop skin infections, and lose hair quickly. The Pet Experts can help you determine if medical conditions are to blame for excessive hair loss and place your pet on an appropriate parasite preventive.
If you notice shedding connected to dry, itchy skin, skin lesions, or patchy areas of fur, it’s time to bring your pet in to see us. Thyroid disorders, poor nutrition, and diabetes are all linked to hair loss, as well as various skin conditions that exacerbate shedding.
A Word on Food
If your pet is getting the right combination of nutrients (i.e., high-quality fat and protein), you’ll likely see less shedding. A lustrous, supple coat is the result of a well-balanced diet.
The Great B & B
If your pet is deemed healthy, prepare for some critical hair management through haircuts, daily brushing, and regular bathing (because your pet’s pH is very delicate, it’s best to ensure you have the correct shampoos).
The right brush will help remove hairs that otherwise land on the floor or furniture. Purchase one with strong, stiff bristles to untangle mats and snarls in the undercoat. Hand mitts are very successful with short-haired dogs. Some stainless steel deshedding tools or FURminator products can also remove a great deal of pet hair. Just be careful to not go overboard and scratch your pet’s delicate skin. A few minutes every day can greatly reduce buildup around the house.
Getting a Grip
Many breeds are known to shed throughout the year, while others have shedding seasons about twice a year. Take note of when your pet’s shedding hits critical mass, and expect it at the same time next year.
Schedule an Appointment
Your pet might benefit from professional grooming every 4-6 weeks, and it’s a great method to keep pet hair out of your house. For every full priced grooming session, you’ll receive 50% off your next grooming session.
Between visits, you may decide to bathe your pet (after you’ve thoroughly brushed out the mats and tangles, of course). Be sure to use pet-safe products and rinse and dry completely.
A Clean Home
The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have a few recommendations for keeping pet hair at bay:
- Invest in lint rollers and place them throughout the house.
- A rubber squeegee can scrape pet hair off furniture and carpets (it’s true!).
- Anti static spray can facilitate the removal of hair from clothing.
- Damp rubber gloves are successful at picking up pet hair from the corners and tight spaces.
- A powerful vacuum cleaner with numerous attachments is imperative for all those pet hair tumbleweeds.
The Pet Experts understand that pet hair maintenance can be a full-time job. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Good luck!
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