Shedding Season

Spring is just around the corner! While we may still get some cold snaps, we’ve definitely turned a corner. For those of you with dogs and cats, spring doesn’t only herald the return of birds, sunshine, and flowers. It also means dealing with lots of extra fur as your pet changes into their summer wardrobe. Read on for some shedding season survival tips from a Michigan City, IN veterinarian.

Brushing

This is probably the most important thing for you to do over the next few months. If you have a dog, take Fido outdoors to brush him. The extra fur will just blow away, and may even end up in birds’ nests. You may also want to wear an apron here, as otherwise you may end up covered in fur. It’s actually not a bad idea to take your pooch to a groomer for a complete beauty treatment.

Clothing

You may want to keep your pet’s wardrobe change in mind as you choose your own clothes. Opt for things that fur won’t easily stick to. Denim, nylon, and polyester blends are good options. Save the cotton pieces for after shedding season.

Furniture

Did you know that a squeegee is great at getting pet fur off furniture? You can also use a damp washcloth, rubber dish gloves, or a damp sponge. You may want to get slipcovers for sofas and armchairs. Even if you don’t use them all year, they’ll come in handy now.

Hairballs

Hairballs are no more fun for your cat than they are for you. Brushing Fluffy daily will pull dead hair and dust out of her coat, reducing the amount she swallows. If your kitty has long or thick fur, your vet may recommend hairball prevention.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming frequently can help a lot here. You don’t have to do the entire house daily: just hit high-traffic areas and your four-legged friend’s favorite lounging spots. Follow up with more thorough cleaning about once a week or so.

Air Filters

Many people love those first days of spring, when you can actually open your windows and get some fresh air in. This is a good time to change your air filters!

Bedding

Don’t forget to wash your furry buddy’s things! That includes toys, bedding, leashes, collars, and jackets.

Did you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Michigan City, IN animal clinic.

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