If you are a dog parent, you know what to expect with spring on your doorstep. Even though you cannot prevent this from happening, there are a few things you could do to deal with the mess easier.
You have to understand that this is a normal process for every dog, as their natural circadian rhythm activates and gives notice to the body to start shedding. However, this process isn’t only connected with the rise of temperatures, it also has something to do with the increased amount of daylight in the warmer seasons.
With most pups, this process occurs throughout the whole year but is more noticeable in the spring.
Here are some tips you should apply to keep your home cleaner when your dog starts shedding.
Brushing – this is important, especially if you own a furry breed. Double coated dog breeds have the most fur to shed, and using a brush will ease and speed up this process. It is also helpful for preventing skin infections from rubbing fur.
Select the right type of brush – each breed has specific needs, so you need to think carefully when selecting the right tool for brushing. If your dog has long hair, you should use a rake for shedding or a comb. In your dog is short-haired, stiff bristle brushes together with a slicker brush is the way to go.
Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – They will not stop the process, but they sure can speed it up, and keep your dog’s coat healthier.
Shampoos and conditioners – Bathing your pup with special formulas and warm water could also help the process of shedding, while making your dog’s coat slicker and easier to brush.
Use Lint Rollers – Note that these are not to use on your dog, but can help you collect the fallen fur that’s making a mess on your floor.
Clean your house – Even if you do everything right, you are still bound to find fur flying around every corner of your house. So you should try to vacuum clean more often, to avoid some embarrassment when your friends come for a visit.
Use covers and blankets – If you wish to prevent a major headache when it comes to your furniture, try to put an easily washable blanket or a cover on top of your dog’s favorite spot. This will spare you some trouble when cleaning your furniture.
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