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Pet Hair—Reducing and Prevention Suggestions

What can you do to reduce shedding?

Some dogs shed a lot. What can you do to help get the hair loss under control? Grooming is the key. Keeping in mind that the hair is going to fall out either way and it is best to remove it yourself and throw it in the trash, then to let the hair fall out naturally all over your house. The more hair YOU remove the less you will see it all over your house. Brushing your dog once a day will greatly reduce the unwanted hair all over your clothes, carpet and furniture, especially during shedding season. .

There are products that can help you remove all the dead hair in a few grooming sessions, leaving less hair to fall out inside your house. During the shedding season, if you do not remove the shedding winter coat, you will most likely see it falling all out all over your house for about a period of a month or so

1. Brush your pet daily. Besides giving you a mini bonding session with your pet, it’ll keep your four-legged friend’s coat healthy and tangle-free.

2. Vacuum every day. A little spin with the vacuum every day will keep the dust bunnies from breeding and multiplying.

3. Hang up all clothes right away—especially coats. While a shedding pet reinforces this important lesson from Mr. Rogers, it’s less likely that pet hair will make its way into a closet than on the floor and atop our wardrobe of wintery wools.

4. Don’t walk around barefoot. Your bare paws will pick up and distribute pet hair with remarkable speed. Invest in a nice pair of slippers.

5.Keep sticky-taped lint rollers everywhere you and your pet spend a lot of time. Also keep one in your desk drawer at work, one in your car, and one in your purse. Also, you can use a rubber glove, like the ones you use for dishes, to collect larger patches of loose fur, but keep in mind that this is more effective with cat fur than dog hair.

Keep Furniture Free of Your Dog’s Shed:

If, no matter how often you vacuum, it seems as though your upholstered furniture is still covered with dog fur, try this easy solution.

Dampen a piece of fabric—chamois works best, but any cotton rag will do—with some water and rub it over the fabric. Even excessive dog hair will come right off.

No matter what method of fur removal you choose, you can make it even more effective by first spraying the affected area with some antistatic spray, such as Static Guard (which you can find at discount and grocery stores).

Shedding in Dogs Should Stay Off Your Duds:

To keep hairs off wool and fuzzy clothing—their favorite clinging places—try to pet dogs and say good-bye before you put on your coat to leave.

Keep a large shirt around to drape over “dry clean only” suits and sweaters when you’re around the dogs or sitting in their favorite chairs.

Always hang up coats and any other dry-cleaned clothing, preferably in a closed closet, and place sweaters in closed drawers. Dogs find these items irresistible when they are left lying around or are hung over the backs of chairs. And if your pooch indulges, you may not appreciate the resulting dry-cleaning bill—let alone the fact that your clothing might still have hairs on it when it comes back.

SO what are the best ways to help Prevent Shedding?

  • Light:

It appears that the more natural light your pet experiences, the more likely it is to shed in one or two discrete periods. This may not be the case in your pet – but it is worth a try. Seasonal changes in all animals are due to changes in the length of the day, not to changes in the weather.

  • Nutrition:

A good diet minimizes shedding. Be sure the pet food you feed contains adequate levels of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Most nationally marketed brands do. But if your pet receives a large portion of it’s diet in table scraps, try cutting those down.

  • Stuff Sold To Stop Shedding:

The body washes, fatty acid and vitamin sprays you can buy, only manage to moisturize your pet’s skin with the oils they contain. They do not help with shedding. The oral coat supplements of vitamins, fatty acids and other nutrients do not help a dog that is receiving a good diet.

  • Omega-3 supplements

We have no real scientific evidence that Omega-3 fatty acid- containing products really reduce shedding. But some people think they do. They seem to have so many other positive benefits to health that you may wish to try them for your pet.

  • Good General Health:

Pets in good general health shed less than those that are not. Anything that makes your pet scratch will increase the amount of hair you find around the house. The most common causes are flees and allergies.

  • Frequent Brushing:

Brushing your pet frequently with the proper comb will remove the problem of hair around the house. This is the low-tech solution. I find it best if I use a comb which has teeth imbeded in a rubber backing (slicker comb). Many that are sold have the teeth too widely spaced. There is a proper size for each pet.

Theses Suggestions comes from many sources…so I hope that they help!

Enjoy your Pet!

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PET HAIR-Cleaning Tips

Hair on your pants from a loved animal could be very frustrating. It could also make you so annoyed with your pet that you would avoid them at all costs when you’re about to leave for a special occasion. It finds its way deep into carpets, furniture, and car upholstery as well. This article provides information on how to remove pet hair from clothing, carpeting and/or upholstery.

  • Weigh it down. Lightly dampen the palm of your hand. Wipe the pet hair off in a downward motion. The hair will ball up and stick to your damp hand. This works because the hair becomes wet, therefore heavier. This results in it being unable to fly back to your pants (or whatever surface you’re dealing with) in response to static electricity.
  • Barely dampen a clean, regular kitchen sponge. (Use a sponge mop if you’re removing pet hair from a low-pile carpet, in which case the floor should be thoroughly vacuumed first.) Rub the fabric, upholstery, or carpet with the sponge. The fur should roll up into clumps that you can pick off by hand.
  • Put on a latex glove. Rub the surface with it on. The pet hair should stick to your glove. This also works with rubber gloves or cloth gardening gloves with a rubber coating on the palm. A rubber bristle push broom can work in the same way on floors. Dampen the glove or rubber section of the glove for increased effectiveness
  • Inflate a balloon and rub it across the surface that has pet hair on it. The static on the balloon’s surface will attract the hair (works on yours, too) which you can collect and then re-use the balloon to get more hair. GREAT FOR THE KIDS TO DO!
  • Rub hook-and-loop (e.g. Velcro) curlers on the surface to catch the hair. If the curler has a metal inner form, it can be bent to reach corners.
  • Apply fabric softener. A fabric softener sheet that normally goes in the dryer can be used to pick up pet hair. You can also mist the surface with a mixture of fabric softener and water to “prep” the area before removing the pet hair using any of the other methods.

 

Consider preventive measures.

Place your clothing in an area isolated from your pets.

Groom your pets regularly to reduce the amount of loose hair on them.

TIPS:

Rolling, sticky lint removers work, as does a piece of duct tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out, but after one swipe you must move onto the next piece, which is more wasteful than the above methods.

Use masking tape. It’s relatively cheap and you can tear off a piece, tape the ends together, and then rotate the tape while removing pet hair from clothing, etc.

Clothing can be put in a washing machine and into the dryer with a static sheet. Once it’s cleaned, hang it up. Be careful, though, because dark solid colors tend to spot (almost looks like grease spots) when they’re the only clothes in the dryer with a dryer sheet.

In the office, the sticky sided clear label holders shipping companies provide make an excellent hair removal glove.

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