Pets are great for many reasons: They’re great companions, great entertainment, and have big personalities! Of the many upsides to having a pet, shedding is not one of them. Pet fur can be a nuisance that can (literally) follow us around everywhere. With the start of spring among us, many pets will soon begin their “shedding season”. Although there is no 100% surefire way to eliminate shedding completely, there are many things we can do as pet owners to significantly reduce the amount of shedding in pets.
1. Groom your pet properly. When I say groom, I mean more than give your pet the occasional bath and brush session. Pets with longer hair will need to be bathed and brushed more often than pets with short hair. For more information on how to groom your pet properly, click here. For in between baths, consider using a pet wipe to help remove loose hair. Sprinks has a lavender scented pet grooming wipe available for in between baths.
2. Incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids into your pet’s diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital in maintaining your pet’s skin and coat. Consider giving your pet a supplement that contains this fatty acid to ensure a healthy coat and skin.
3. Take your pet to the vet for regular check-ups. Some diseases can affect a pet’s skin and coat in adverse ways. Regular trips to the vet can help discover problems early and provide successful treatment for the problem.
4. Keep your house a comfortable temperature. This includes when you dry your dog after a bath (use a lower heat or cool setting). Excessive heat can cause pets to shed.
5. Feed your pet the appropriate food. Your pet’s coat can be a reflection of the type of food they eat. If you are unsure of what food is best for your pet, speak to your veterinarian.