Be gone, winter coat! Break out the brush, broom and vacuum…it’s shedding season!
I arrived at my parent’s house one recent weekend, and noticed that the floors had fur all over them! My mom was sweeping the floor, and casually mentioned that our Chocolate Labrador, Joy, was shedding another dog. That’s right, folks, that’s what she said. The dog was shedding the equivalent of another dog!
It’s time to get ready for shedding time! When winter is over where you live, our furry friends will start getting ready for the summer months. This, for them, means time to get rid of that winter coat. While shedding may be a bit of an annoyance, there are ways to make this time a little easier for you and your animal:
- Set a routine for brushing your pet. Some animals shed more than others do, but it can help almost any pet tremendously to make brushing a regular habit. Typically, cats should be brushed about once a week. Dogs with thick winter coats, such as Labs, Huskies and German Shepherds, may need to be brushed at least once a day. Brushing once a day will also shorten the amount of time that your pet sheds during the season.
- Bath time! It may also help to give your dog a bath and work out the loose hair. After the bath, let your pooch’s fur air-dry. Then, it’s time for a brush to finish off those loose hairs!
- Consider a different food brand. If your pet loses lots of fur throughout the year, it may be time to think about switching your pet food. Look for a brand that has good protein sources. Talk to your vet or favorite pet store about their recommendations.
When spring has sprung, it’s time to put away those winter coats—pets’ coats included!
How do you deal with all the extra hair from your pets? Share your ideas with us in the comment section!