Pet Hair, Pet Hair, Everywhere! What can we do to make it go away?
By Dr. Norette L. Underwood
If you are a pet owner excess hair is your number one concern. Just how can my pet loose all that hair in my house and still have hair left on its body? I have three cats and four dogs, one of which is a black Labrador Retriever that sheds incessantly. My three terriers do not really shed, but the lab makes up for their lack of shedding. I have white tile floors so it is visible all the time. So as a small animal veterinarian what do I do to control hair loss in my home.
Continue reading and I will give you my formula for decreasing the volume of hair in your environment!
Brush your pet often. Daily brushing is the best thing you can do to decrease unwanted pet fur in your environment. Not only are you making you making your pet’s coat softer, cleaner and helping with excess hair, you are bonding with your furry friend.
Feed a high quality pet food. Your pet’s hair coat is the outward sign of their over all health. Your pet is what it eats.
Control fleas and ticks. Infestation with parasites can cause intense itching, which increases scratching. This leads to damage to the skin and hair follicles. Infection and irritation can occur which will cause hair to fall out.
Keep allergies and skin infection under control. Scratching increases hair loss. It also can cause a skin infection and cause even more fur loss.
Feed a fatty acid supplement prescribed by your veterinarian. Fatty acids keep your pets fur healthy by decreasing inflammation and keeping the skin barrier healthy.
Bathe your pet every 1-2 weeks in a moisturizing shampoo. Keeping your pet’s hair coat shinny and clean makes their skin healthier. Plus they feel better when you pet them.
Cover your furniture and car seats. Fabric is a magnet for pet hair. This will protect your original coverings and help contain pet hair.
Vacuum often. I have several cordless vacuums located around my house. This makes removing unwanted pet fur easy and quick. I also recommend the robotic vacuums. They get under furniture and get that hidden hair you don’t see. Swiffer sweepers are great fur grabbers also.
Regular check ups with your veterinarian. This will help insure that your pet is not harboring an underlying disease that can contribute to bad skin and fur loss. Your veterinarian is also an excellent source for tips on shed prevention.
A healthy pet is a happy pet and that a pet’s hair coat is their sign of good health.
If you have questions about your pet contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Trumann Animal clinic and Best Friends Vet Mobile at email@example.com