Animals shed. This is a fact every pet owner knows and understands. Unfortunately, pet hair can be annoying to manage. It gets everywhere, and it often means that friends with pet allergies cannot visit our homes. Thankfully, there are easy ways to manage shedding. This will ensure that you, your pet, and your guests are comfortable in your home.
The Root of the Problem
Pets shed normally, but excessive shedding may mean inadequate grooming. You can limit shedding by brushing your pet daily, bathing them often, and setting up a regular schedule with a professional groomer. These schedules all depend on your specific pet. For example, short-haired dogs need to be brushed less than long-hair dogs, and cats can manage with less frequent baths.
Excessive shedding may also signal certain health issues. A poor diet does not supply the proper nutrients for normal hair growth. To encourage healthy hair growth, invest in a food with high-quality proteins and fats. Even better, your pet’s coat will feel softer and stronger than ever! Past diet, shedding may be a symptom of a larger condition. Excessive shedding paired with itchiness, skin lesions, patchy hair loss, and other signs of illness should be monitored. Your vet can help you determine the root cause of shedding.
You can also curb shedding by putting your furry friend in clothes. Animals (especially most cats) find this controversial, but a tolerant pet will love a sweater or T-shirt. Not only will they look adorable, the fabric will catch a large percentage of fur.
Keeping It Clean
In most homes, it is unrealistic to expect pets will stay off the furniture. Instead, toss a blanket or a sheet over your pet’s favorite spot. They may even prefer this; it gives them something to cuddle with. Washing a blanket is much easier than cleaning a couch. If carpeted floors or rugs are your concern, vacuum cleaners are a great defense against loose fur. Certain brands produce vacuums designed specifically for cleaning pet messes. For clothing, curtains, and other fabrics, many pet owners find it helpful to have a lint roller handy.
Claws N Paws Day Spa provides a wide range of professional grooming services to both cats and dogs. Our dedicated team can work with you to determine your best grooming schedule to curb hair loss. For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can call us today at 714-962-1005!