Tips for Controlling Shedding
Shedding is arguably one of the biggest nuisances faced by pet owners in their homes, so much so that owners will often opt for specific breeds simply to avoid this problem. However, we don’t think you should avoid getting that Chow Chow you’ve always wanted just so you don’t have to deal with shedding; there are always ways around it!
So, if you’ve thrown caution to the wind, followed your heart and chosen a heavy shedding dog breed, then read on to find out just what you can do to control it.
Brush, brush, brush
This is the first tip on the list because it’s the simplest and the most important. Regular or, ideally, daily brushing should be your first line of defence when it comes to keeping your home free of hair. It can be oddly satisfying too (for you, that is, not your dog), and will help make your pet’s coat softer, cleaner and less likely to shed.
It’s also important to find the right brush for your pet. Slicker brushes have short, fine wires and are used to remove mats, rakes are useful for thick coats during shedding season, and bristle brushes are ideal for short-haired dogs which shed frequently.
Get the right pet food
Your pet’s coat and its propensity to shed is often a reflection of her diet. As such, ensuring that you feed her high quality pet food with good, digestible protein sources is important. What’s more, you can always bolster your pet’s diet by introducing a fatty acid supplement.
Upholstery is a magnet for pet hair, and removing it can be a nightmare if the task is left for too long. However, if you would like to allow your pets on your furniture, your best bet is to invest in some throws, they’re comfortable, look great and can be removed with ease when your pooch isn’t around!
Although not the prettiest of additions, covers for car seats can save you a great deal of hassle down the line too, if you wish to minimise cleaning. Again, like the throws, they can be removed with ease.
Despite your best efforts with brushing your pet and shielding your furniture, you will always find some renegade hair around the house. For this, your best bet is to vacuum thoroughly and often. In theory, the more regularly you do this, the simpler the task will actually be, considering that freshly shed pet hair is going to be much less stubborn than hair that has had time to cling.
See your vet regularly
There are many diseases that can affect your pet’s coat, which is why it’s always important to have regular check ups at your local veterinary centre. Identifying the problem early on, will ensure that effective treatment can be given.
Jaycliffe Pets offer quality kennels, cattery, and grooming services to the Rotherham area and beyond. To discuss booking your dog into our kennels for a holiday of its own, or to enquire about our expert grooming services, please contact our friendly team today.