Autumn is officially here! As the trees shed their leaves, our furry friends are also changing out of their summer clothes. Fall is a peak shedding time for our four-legged pals. Your pet’s soft fur may be very pretty, but it probably looks much better on them than it does on your clothing and furniture. We’re here to help! Read on for some great advice from a Portland, OR vet on getting through shedding season.
Did you know that squeegees work great at getting pet hair off your clothing and carpets? A rubber dish glove or damp sponge will also work well. As for your own clothing, try to choose things made out of materials that don’t attract fur. Denim, microfibers, and silk blends are good options. Avoid anything textured, like velvet, knits, or velour. Also, the lint roller is your friend: get a few big ones, and keep spares in your car and work desk. You may also want to get washable slipcovers for your furniture.
Make sure your pet is eating a good, nutritious diet that contains fatty acids, including beneficial Omega oils. Good nutrition will help keep your furry pal’s coat shiny and healthy, and can reduce the amount of fur they shed. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Vacuuming is one of the best things you can do to keep your home fur-free. Vacuum daily, even if it’s just a quick once-over.
Wash your pet’s bedding weekly, using hot water, unscented detergent, and your dryer’s hottest cycle. This will also help combat fleas! If your furball’s bed isn’t washable, vacuum it instead, and get a slipcover for it.
Regular brushing sessions will help remove dead hair from your pet’s coat. It will also trap that fur in a brush before it gets stuck to your sofa and clothing. If you have a dog, take Fido outside for his grooming sessions, so the fur blows away.
Our feline friends are great at keeping themselves clean. Unfortunately, they often accidentally swallow some of their own fur during their beauty sessions. This is why cats get hairballs, which are no more fun for you than they are for Fluffy. Ask your vet to recommend a good hairball remedy.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Portland, OR animal clinic, today!