This time of year often brings some increased shedding from our furry friends as the seasons change! Don’t worry – this is totally normal. That is because the end of a shedding season is among us! If you are unfamiliar with “shedding seasons,” check out our blog Shedding Season is Back.
Shedding can be a bit of an annoyance for the whole family… Not only can shedding bring some discomfort to the pet in question, but it also means more hair to clean up. If you are looking for some tips and tricks to control all that shedding, you are in the right place.
The theme of this blog is simple: establish a routine! It is important to find what works for you. Sometimes it can feel exhausting to be a pet parent in addition to life’s other responsibilities. So, start off by celebrating anything you already do for you and your pet.
That being said, let’s dive into some recommendations to make you and your pet’s life easier.
Caring for your Furry Friend
First and foremost, get yourself a trusty brush! Establishing a brushing routine will not only help reduce the amount of shedded hair, but it will also bring some comfort to your pet! Check out The 9 Best Dog Brushes of 2023, Tested and Reviewed if you are in the market for a new brush.
As a short-haired cat mom, I know a thing or two about pet hair everywhere. My little guy sheds nowhere near as much as a long-haired cat or a big dog, but his hair still makes its rounds. I only recently discovered it can be good to brush him, too.
I thought brushing was only for those long-haired super shedders. Although they may need it most, even shed-free and low-shed furry friends can benefit from some TLC! Brushing your pet with any length of hair can reduce the amount of loose hair and dander floating about.
A bathtime routine is great to throw into the mix to reduce shedding. Pick out a high quality ingredient shampoo and lather up! Post bath, blow drying is a good idea to blow off any loose hair that is soon to shed.
Caring for Your Space
Now that you have a routine in place for your pet, it is time to take care of your space! Pet hair can end up everywhere. Regardless of your pet’s contribution to your home’s mess, it is a great idea to establish a routine, ideally weekly, for cleaning up.
Let’s face it – shedding can feel inevitable. So, hair is bound to find its way into your space. Never fear – Lilly Brush is here!
For your car, your couch, and your carpet, check out our Mini Pet Hair Detailer! Show your space some love with an easy cleanup. All it takes is a few swipes to lift that stubbornly trapped hair.
If you love to cuddle your pet like me, you know the struggle of being covered in hair. Especially in the cooler months, my black winter wardrobe ends up caked with orange cat hair. Luckily, Save Our Sweaters is here to help. Removing pills, lint, and fluff gently, this is something you’ll want to have on hand for your winter wear.
Reducing Shedding Via Diet
As a little bonus, there may be ways to address shedding from the inside out. Don’t skimp on food: “good nutrition reduces shedding” according to 8 Steps to Minimize Shedding in Dogs.
Looking for something all natural to try? Check out coconut oil!
Coconut oil can be used on your pet’s coat or even added to their diet. There are awesome benefits to a little coconut oil added to your pet’s diet including digestion and cognitive function.
Check out Coconut Oil For Dogs: Understanding the Benefits and Risks to learn more.
If you think your pet is shedding more than they should be or if they are losing patches of hair, you should probably check in with your vet.
That being said, shedding can just feel like a part of pet-parent life! It doesn’t have to be a nuisance, though. Our furry friends are worth it – it’s important to be adaptive and attentive to your pet’s care and your space’s upkeep! So, keep it simple, figure out what works for you, and stick to it… And maybe add a Lilly Brush to the mix!