Does your pet shed constantly? Do you have a fur-baby who seems to start molting in both warm and cold weather? Either way, we know how exhausting it is to deal with pet hair on furniture, beddings, clothes, and basically in all corners of your home.
Luckily, we at Pet Parents® took our time to share with you the best pet hair removers to help with shedding and prevent it from returning and making your house a total mess.
Why Is My Pet Shedding So Much
Shedding is natural to all animals. All animals shed their coat at a normal degree but excessive shedding is something you should be concerned about. Some reasons why your fur-baby is shedding so much may be because of the following, according to Pet WebMD:
- Parasites like fleas, mites, or lice
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Food allergies
- Medicine side effects
- Stress and anxiety
- Topical irritants
- Liver conditions
- Kidney disease
If your dog is experiencing excessive hair loss, rather than normal shedding, it could be the sign of an underlying condition. We recommend consulting your veterinarian if you believe there might be more than normal shedding happening with your fur-baby.
Dog Shedding Solution: Start With Your Pet
You may combat excessive shedding through the following:
Regularly brushing your fur-baby’s coat can help fight excessive shedding, plus it is also a great way to show them how much you love them. Brushing helps remove loose fur resulting in less shedding in your house. Additionally, brushing does not only remove dirt and debris but through this, natural oils are also distributed on your pet’s skin and coat. Regular brushing can act as a wonderful cat or dog hair remover before it sticks to your floors or furniture.
Some of the other benefits of regular brushing include the following:
- It can strengthen your bond. Regularly brushing your fur-baby’s coat is a great bonding time for the two of you. This activity can be both relaxing and comforting to both of you, a great way to unwind after a long day!
- It prevents painful mats and tangles. Mats and tangles are very painful for your pet. Just imagine how your fur-baby must be feeling if they have matted and tangled coats all over. Long hair dogs and dogs with curly hair can be especially prone to tangles and matting. What’s even worse is that these painful mats and tangles may cover up some skin infections and wounds!
How to brush your pet properly:
Use a brush specifically made for pet brushing. Use a brush, comb, or even pet hair remover glove that is made for cats and/or dogs. Using human brushes or combs may cause more hair to fall out, making it an inappropriate cat or dog hair remover.
Brush gently. If your pet has mats and tangles, be gentle. Do not make them hate or fear brushing sessions just because you were rough when detangling. Brush gently to avoid accidentally hurting your pet.
Brush up and down. Most pets do not like it when you brush their hair backward. If you have long hair dogs or cats, it is suggested that you lift the coat with one hand and brush out underneath what you have just lifted. This technique will help you make sure that you are brushing all of your fur-baby’s hair and not just the topcoat. Brushing the undercoat is also a great dog shedding solution.
Grooming does not only mean brushing your fur-baby;’s coat. It also means trimming their nails, cleaning their ears, and yes, bathing them.
Bath when necessary. Bathing removes dirt and odors from skin and coat, may also help heal skin wounds and infections, and at certain times can help prevent or treat some health conditions. Bathing helps keep the skin and coat healthy which may lead to less shedding problems. But remember not to bathe your pet too often as this may strip down the skin and coat’s natural oils. Dogs and cats do not need baths every day or even every week.
Use pet conditioners. Using pet conditioners when you get your dog washed helps soften your fur-baby’s coat. You may use your fingers to slide between the knots and help untangle them, especially with long hair dogs.
Offer Skin and Coat Supplements
Skin and coat supplements can give your pet an extra boost to help maintain healthy skin and coat and act as a dog shedding solution. Excellent skin and coat supplements for pets contain fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3. Omega-6 fatty acids give a shine to the coat and help replace the oils found in the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, contain anti-inflammatory properties and may help deal with skin allergies and other inflammatory skin diseases.
Skin and coat supplements may come in liquid, capsule, or tablet forms, making it quite difficult to give your pet. But at Pet Parents®, our skin and coat supplements come as a treat! Our inactive ingredients were carefully picked and made to make your dog want to eat them, just like a treat! Packed with nutrients like Wild Alaskan Salmon, carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, our Pet Parents® Skin and Coat SoftSupps® promote healthy skin and coat, provide antioxidant support, and help support normal moisture in the skin. A healthy coat can work as a dog shedding solution to minimize the fur around your home. Of course, even a healthy coat will still shed, so don’t expect your dog to stop shedding entirely.
Tips and Tricks on Removing Pet Hair
From Your Laundry
Your fur-baby’s hair clings to fabric fibers like the ones in your clothes. When you wet your laundry immediately with pet hair still on it, it will get worse. Pet hair in your laundry may stick to the washer drum and clog the drain. But we have come up with some ways to remove pet hair from your home laundry, making it easier for you! Here are some tips on how to get rid of dog hair in washers. Don’t worry, these tips will also work for cat hair.
- Spray some anti-static spray to help loosen pet hair from your home laundry. After spraying, remove pet hair with a lint roller or a brush.
- For woolen clothes with pet hair on them, you may use a clothing steamer or hang these clothes in a steamy bathroom before brushing the hair off. The dampness created by the steam will help cool down the fibers and release pet hair, making it more manageable for you to brush the hair away.
- It is also a good thing to run items in your home laundry through a dryer on an air/no heat cycle before washing. This will help loosen most of the clinging pet hair.
- Invest in a high-quality sticky clothes roller or use some packaging tape as pet hair remover.
From Your Furniture
If you let your pets on the sofa or if they have a favorite armchair, be sure to vacuum these regularly using the upholstery tool. According to PetMD, the places in your house that tend to collect the most pet hair are those that hold a high static charge. These places may include the space around laundry baskets, a pet crate or carrier, under chairs, and around or on sofas. Hair will also huddle in your basement, the bottom hinges of doors, and even around door jams. Of course, you probably have already seen these pet hair piles.
The ASPCA recommends a pet hair vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter that prevents pet hairs from blowing back into the air. This is a particularly great vacuum tip if you have family members who suffer from allergies. A good vacuum with powerful suction is a must-have, but you can also use a suitable dry mop in non-carpeted areas of your house. You may also do swift clean-ups in the more high-traffic areas of your house by using a microfiber dust mop. Avoid using brooms when cleaning as they tend to send more of your pet’s hair into the air.
To prevent hair from collecting on your sofa or furniture, we recommend using a Pawtect® Blanket. This cozy blanket doubles as a stylish throw so that it looks great in your home while protecting your furniture. Plus, dogs and cats love the super soft Sherpup® material.
From Your Car
Every pet parent knows that the process to remove pet hair from cars is a tedious one. To prevent hair from coming in contact with car seats and sticking to them, use a Pet Parents® Pawtect® Blanket or Pawtect® Pads. You may use these Pawtect® products to cover your car seats and shake out excess fur outside of your car. You may simply throw them in the wash after use for easy cleaning. Then, you won’t have to worry about how to remove pet hair from car seats.
There are a lot of ways to help remove pet hair in your home. Remember that pet hair removers can be more than just lint rollers. You can help prevent excessive shedding in dogs with supplements. Protect your furniture and remove pet hair from cars with Pawtect® Blankets or Pawtect® Pads. There are lots of options for managing pet hair and shedding, find the one (or few) that work best for your lifestyle to help keep your home and belongings clean.