by A. Grano on May 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 am
Have you been noticing more dog or cat fur on your furniture or on your clothes?
Warmer weather brings about a natural process most cats and dogs experience known as shedding.
In addition to temperature changes, your pet’s age and diet can also encourage molting.
To help mitigate this process, there are a few key things to keep in mind:
- Step up your pet’s diet. Your pet can attest to the old adage, ‘you are what you eat’, too! Feed your pet a high quality, balanced diet rich in nutrients and minerals, especially Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, to keep coats healthy and shiny. Poor quality diets can negatively affect your pet’s digestive system, in turn leading to unhealthy skin and coat, and ultimately resulting in excessive shedding.
- Get grooming. Most dogs will benefit from regular brushing with a bristle brush, which will help keep pet hair, dander and dirt under control. In addition, consider using shedding blades and grooming gloves. While most cats are self-sufficient groomers, many need additional brushing and even occasional bathing. Long-haired cats should be brushed daily and bathed from time to time to prevent excessive shedding, fur-balls and matted hair.
- Use natural shampoos. When bathing your dog or cat, opt for natural formulations, which provide a gentler alternative to cleansing and conditioning your pet’s skin and coat. Unlike conventional over-counter products that contain harsh chemicals, herbal shampoos do not contain irritating ingredients.
- Keep sneezes under control. Pet shedding can exacerbate allergies for yourself and other family members, so be sure to thoroughly vacuum carpets, furniture (and even your car) with HEPA filters for ultra-allergen removal. Try and keep your pets from rubbing up against you, which can trap fur on your clothes. Keep a lint brush handy for fur-free clothes.
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