Seasonal Shedding: How To Handle The Extra Fur
If you have allergies, you probably associate springtime with pollen. However, that is not the only allergen in the air!
As temperatures warm, your cats and dogs begin the process of shedding the extra fur that Mother Nature had them grow to keep them warm over the fall and winter months. This is especially true for animals with double coats. Soon, your pet will be shedding so much that your fur balls will have fur balls. It can get so bad that the hair rolls across the floor like tumbleweeds. It does not have to be that way.
With a little extra effort, you can reduce the amount of fur that coats your home and keep you and your pet more comfortable.
First, brush your pet regularly. This is especially true during the shedding season. If your pet is not used to being groomed then start with very short grooming sessions and work up to longer times. Pick a time when your pet is relaxed and start with 5 minutes and then gradually work up to 10 minutes or more. Be generous with your praise during the grooming and speak in a gentle voice. Your pet will become to being groomed in short time.
When you are finished brushing, this is a great time to apply the Allerpet Solution to neutralize the allergens on your pet. It will take care of the allergens and because it is a coat conditioner, your pet will look shiny and feel soft.
Be sure to use the right brush for your pet’s coat. Different types of fur require different types of brushes or combs and depending on your pet; you may need to use more than one brush.
For pets with short smooth coats (like a boxer) you can use a rubber brush to remove dead skin and dirt and then brush with a bristle brush to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils throughout the coat. Cats with short hair can be combed with a metal comb. Be sure to go with the direction of the fur when brushing a short hair cat. Dogs with short dense hair (like golden retrievers) need to be detangled with a slicker brush, and next with a bristle brush to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.
If your dog has a long coat then you will need a slicker brush to detangle and remove mats, a bristle brush for removing that dead hair, and a coarse comb for the long hair on the tail and feet. If you have a cat with long hair, you can use a stiff brush or a coarse comb to remove dead hair. On all but short hair cats be sure to brush against the fur and then with the lay of the fur. With short hair cats, brush with the fur only.
Vacuum regularly with a good HEPA filtered vacuum. Despite your best efforts to brush out that loose fur, some is going to get loose. Regular vacuuming with the right vacuum will get the fur up off your carpet and floors before it can spread all over the house.
If you own leather furniture, you do not have to worry about the fur working its way into the upholstery. Simply wipe clean every few days. However, if you have fabric upholstered furniture you need to remove fur as soon as possible so that it cannot work its way into the fabric.
Once the fur is in the fabric it is much harder to remove. If you do not want to vacuum the furniture every few days, then just cover your furniture with temporary throws. This does not have to be anything more than a few old sheets. Just pull them off and toss them in the wash at least once a week. This is the easiest way to deal with fur during the height of shedding season.
In addition, keep your pets bedding clean as well. This keeps fur from piling up there and then scattering all over the house. If the pet bed is not washable (not likely), then cover it with old towels and wash the towels at least once a week.
No matter the season, you should bathe your pet regularly and pay attention to the pet’s diet. The above tips are for seasonal shedding, but if your pet constantly sheds heavy amounts of fur or has bald spots or is constantly licking or chewing fur, then you need to consult a vet. Many times a pet will have a food allergy that shows up in the skin and fur.
Till next time
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store