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02/25/2012 18:17:43 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  1730  views, category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs


Cats and dogs are great pets. They give pet owners a sense of pride and bring them joy. However, they do also shed. Even “hairless” pets shed. It can be frustrating, but there are ways to prevent your house from looking like a giant hairball. Here are 5 tips to managing shedding season.

1. Start on the inside with good diet
Feeding your pet a high quality food is one of the most important things you can do to make and keep your pet healthy and happy. Lower quality foods can lead to poor skin and coat, temperament, digestive problems, and a shorter life span.

A good diet consists of a high quality regular dry or wet food, high quality treats, and any supplements your veterinarian might suggest. The key to a manageable shedding season with less fur to clean up is a healthy diet.

In addition, you might want to try natural dietary supplements such as 8-in-1 Excel Brewers Yeast, found in the Store, which can promote a healthy skin and coat and reduce shedding.

2. Regular bathing
Giving your pet a bath is not the most appealing part of having a pet, but it is important, especially during shedding season. Fortunately, there are other options than a typical tub and water bath. Try Bramton Pre-Moistened Cat Bath Wipes or other waterless forms of bathing. The goal is to wash away the fur instead of it needing to be shed.

3. Regular grooming
Similar to bathing, maintaining a regular grooming schedule is a great way to manage shedding fur. In fact, it is probably the most effective method. Depending on how much your pet sheds and how much fur there is to be shed, weekly or daily brushing may be needed.

Make sure you have the right tools for the job. There are quite a few different kinds of brushes on the market, and each one is for a certain kind of fur or grooming goal. Try the FURminator Anti-Shedding Brush, which seems to work for a wide assortment of fur for cats and dogs. Read more about the different types of brushes here: Dog Grooming Brushes and Tips

4. Designate pet areas
There are a few reasons to not let your pet sleep in the same bed as you, but one of the most obvious reasons is the fur. Especially during shedding seasons, pet fur gets everywhere and can be next to impossible to get rid of. Give your dog or cat their own places to sleep and hang out. Try to pick beds with removable and washable covers.

5. Keep it covered, keep it clean
If your pet will not stay off your furniture, cover it. Try putting an old sheet over couch cushions that can be removed and washed as it becomes dirty. You might also find yourself vacuuming and sweeping more often than normal. It’s a small price to pay for the love and attention you get from your beloved pets.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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