Prepping Your Home for Spring SheddingMay 17th, 2013
Whether you own a dog or a cat, spring is the time of year when you’ll be noticing plenty of excess pet hair on your furnishings. According to PetSide.com, the coming season is when your dog or cat will lose the thick undercoat that he or she grows to stay warm during the winter, which will pave the way for a new coat to be grown during the spring. Your pet is constantly growing new fur throughout the year, but this is the time on the calendar when that process can go into overdrive and get messy if you don’t take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind that will make the process a bit more manageable.
Invest in slipcovers. One way to quickly and easily curb the amount of pet hair on your furnishings this spring is to invest in a series of slipcovers for your couches and chairs. This will make it much easier to spot any tufts of pet hair that may accumulate in your seating area, and many of these covers are machine washable, so you can quickly remove, wash and then slip them back into your furnishings with ease. As an added bonus, most slipcovers come in neutral colors, so they can provide a neutral backdrop that gives your seasonal interior design a major boost.
Incorporate a daily grooming routine. During the peak of shedding season, taking the time to help out your dog or cat with daily grooming can dramatically improve his or her quality of life. Because stray hair can be ingested by both dogs and cats and can cause a wide range of digestive problems, you should make an effort to brush out your pet’s coat each day and give your companion the occasional bath. This proactive plan can keep your home clear of pet hair and can nurture the growth of your pet’s new spring coat. Be sure to choose the right brush for your dog or cat.
Look into vitamin supplements. According to CatSter.com, spring is a great time of year to look into vitamin supplements that can aid coat growth - especially those that contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Fish oil capsules are a wonderful addition to any pet’s diet, and they hold the additional benefit of promoting good joint health. Consider taking a trip to your veterinarian this season or look into your dog and cat vitamin options at your local pet store to find beneficial options that can provide many benefits to your pet’s spring and summer coat.
This content is provided by the pet grooming experts at Hartz. Our professional staff is here to keep you educated on the proper grooming techniques while offering tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
See also: Tips on brushing dog fur.