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Tips for Getting Through Shedding Season

Have you recently found yourself removing more pet fur from your clothes than usual? While pets shed the most in spring, many of our furry friends also shed quite heavily in fall, as they are putting on their winter clothes. As you’ve probably noticed, some of that extra fur will probably end up stuck to you and your furniture. In this article, an Indianapolis, IN veterinarian offers some advice for getting through shedding season.

Grooming

Brushing your pet won’t reduce the amount of fur they shed, but it will trap that dead hair and dander in a brush, so that less of it winds up on your clothes and furniture. If your pet is a heavy shedder, consider using a shedding blade. You might want to take Fido outdoors to brush him, so that extra fur just blows away instead of getting stuck in the house. If Fluffy is allowed outdoors, the same applies to her. If not, bring her into a bathroom for easier cleanup.

Covers

Put an extra blanket on your couch, or get removable slipcovers. This will not only help trap the fur your four-legged pal sheds, it can also help give your home a warm, cozy look for fall. Look for something washable that is easy to get on and off.

Tools

Did you know that a squeegee works wonderfully at getting fur off furniture and carpets? Try it! A dry sponge or damp cloth will also do the trick. As for your clothes, well, let’s just say that the lint roller is your friend. You may want to keep spares in your car and work desk. When choosing your outfits, pick things that fur won’t stick to easily, such as silks, polyester, and denim.

Vacuum

Vacuuming your home regularly during peak shedding times is one of the best ways to get rid of pet fur on your furniture and carpets. Use an attachment to clean curtains and upholstery.

Nutrition

Make sure your four-legged buddy is getting a good, nutritious diet. Eating healthy, nourishing food will keep your furbaby’s pretty coat soft and shiny, and can help reduce the amount of dead fur your pet sheds. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including advice on supplements.

Do you have any questions about your furry pal’s health or care? We can help! Call us, your local Indianapolis, IN animal hospital, anytime.

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