How to take care of your shedding pets?

Shedding is natural, but it can be a nuisance

Pets are popular among Americans. In fact, according to a 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet. That’s 79.7 million homes! The most popular pets are dogs and cats, and these furry friends bring us much joy. But they also come with some challenges – one of which is shedding. Why do our beloved pets shed and what can we do about it?


Why do pets shed?

Pet shedding is a natural process for animals with fur, but it can be a nuisance for pet owners. Pet hair can be found on furniture, clothing, and in the air, and it can be difficult to keep up with the constant shedding. There are a few things that pet owners can do to help reduce the amount of shed hair in their home, including brushing their pet regularly, using a pet vacuum, and keeping their pet groomed.


Seasonal vs. non-seasonal shedding

Seasonal shedding is when an animal sheds more frequently during specific times of the year, usually due to changes in temperature. Seasonal shedding is also called seasonal molting. There are three types of seasonally shedding animals: mammals, reptiles and birds. Seasonal molting occurs in many species. In mammals, it is most common in the spring and summer when temperatures rise and humidity falls.


Non-seasonal shedding is when an animal sheds at a consistent rate throughout the year. Even though it is generally more common in the warmer months, there are many dogs that shed year-round. The main reason dogs shed year-round is because of the type of dog they are/ their genetic make-up.



The best way to deal with shedding

Shedding is a natural part of owning a dog, but it doesn't mean you have to accept it as part of your life. There are ways to reduce shedding and make your home a little less hairy.


How to reduce shedding

One way to cut down on shedding is to feed your pet a high-quality diet. A healthy diet will help their coat stay strong and less likely to fall out. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about what type of food they should be eating, and which supplements may be beneficial. This will ensure that your cat is getting the nutrients they need.


You should also give your pets regular baths with a mild shampoo made for that breed. There are great options to choose from at pet stores, and there are even some select brands of regular shampoo that can be used on your furry friend.


The best way to deal with shedding is to brush your dog regularly. This will remove the loose hair from their coat and help to distribute the natural oils that keep their skin and fur healthy. It's important to choose the right brush for your dog's coat type. If you're not sure, ask your veterinarian or groomer for recommendations.


An additional tip is to clean their bedding and toys regularly. This will not only get rid of loose hair but also keep the items smelling fresh and clean.


Learning to live with shedding

In conclusion, if you want to take care of your shedding pet properly, you should bathe and brush them regularly, use the right shampoo, and invest in a good vacuum cleaner. Most importantly, you should show your pet plenty of love and patience. Shedding is a natural and unavoidable process, but you can minimize the amount of hair your pet sheds.