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If you have big dogs who shed (like me), you probably have tumbleweeds of fur rolling across the plain of your kitchen floor now which can only mean one thing - yes, spring is here and it is shedding season. We upped from one yellow lab to two this fall which means two times the fur. Here are some tips on how to get a handle on your dog’s shedding.
- Brush your pet! Regular, even daily, brushing is best. Brushing will also make your dog’s coat softer, cleaner, and less likely to shed. Many dog owners swear by the FURminator - a “deshedding tool” available at PetSmart and other major pet stores. Whatever brush you use, make sure to choose the one that is appropriate for your dog’s fur length.
- Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet’s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a best quality food with good digestible protein sources.
- Cover your furniture and car seats. If you allow pets on your furniture or bed, cover your furniture with some throws or blankets to preserve your furniture. If your dog likes car rides, there are special car seat covers to help on wear and tear.
- Give your dog a designated chair. Instead of allowing your dog free access to the furniture, give him his own special chair that’s protected by a furniture throw. Better to have to deal with one chair than the entire room.
- Vacuum often. Be diligent in your vacuuming efforts. Frequent vacuuming is the best way to keep your home hair free. Invest in some lint rollers while you are at it. The sooner you remove fur, the better.
- Bathe your dog occasionally during the summer. A clean dog will have a healthier coat. A bath once a week or so will clean without drying the skin and rejuvenate your dog’s fur.
- Have regular checkups. Many diseases can affect the skin and haircoat. Regular visits to your veterinarian will help identify problems early, and provide more effective treatment.