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Tips for Getting Through Shedding Season

It’s that time of year again! As the weather warms up, and we start exchanging heavy winter gear for warmer clothes, our furry pals will also be undergoing a wardrobe change. Read on as a local Greensboro, NC vet offers some helpful tips on surviving shedding season.

Brushing

Brushing your pet regularly can help in several ways. For one thing, it will help your furry buddy’s circulation. You’ll also find less pet fur stuck to everything, as you’ll be capturing that dead fur with a brush before it gets all over your sofa. If you have a kitty, regular beauty sessions can also help prevent—or at least reduce—hairballs.

Housecleaning

Did you know that a damp sponge or washcloth can help remove pet fur from your furniture or upholstery? A squeegee also works, as will a rubber dish glove. We also recommend that you vacuum daily, and change the filter in your air purifier. Last but not least, give your pet’s bedding a thorough washing. Use the hottest cycles you have, and use a hypoallergenic detergent.

Guests

Keep your furry friend’s wardrobe change in mind if you have company at this time of year. Spring can be tough for people with allergies! Leave your spare room door closed, and have tissues and OTC allergy meds on hand.

Minimizing The Damage

Did you know that a good diet can help reduce the amount of hair that your pet sheds? Offer your four-legged pal premium pet food that contains lots of fatty acids and Omega 3 and 6 oils. These will help keep your pet’s fur healthy, which will in turn decrease the amount of dead, dry fur they release. If you have a cat, keeping Fluffy indoors can also help. Kitties that go outside are more exposed to seasonal weather changes that trigger shedding.

Clothing

At this time of year, you may want to opt for clothes that don’t attract and capture fur. Denim is a good option. Silks and polyester or nylon blends are also safe bets. Avoid cotton and cotton blends, at least until your pet stops shedding so much. You may want to keep a lint roller or two handy. Slipcovers are also a good idea.

Please contact us, your Greensboro, NC pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are always happy to help!

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