Try these simple steps to minimize pet hair in your home.
Brush it away: One of the easiest ways to keep your house hair-free is by brushing your pet regularly. Depending on your pet's coat, a weekly — or even daily — brushing may be necessary to keep shedding under control. Of course, regular brushing isn't always easy if your dog or cat doesn't like it. If your pet is reluctant, try gently praising him or offering treats to make the brushing more enjoyable.
Don't wait to clean pet hair: Vacuum rugs and remove pet hair from furniture often, especially in the spring, when pets are more prone to shedding. If the hair builds up, it can get stuck in upholstery and rug fibers, which makes it even harder to remove later.
Brush outside to minimize hair inside: Try to brush and groom your dog outdoors to prevent loose fur from flying around inside. If you don't have a backyard or patio, bring a brush along to the dog park for a quick grooming session either before or after you play.
Pick the right brush for your pet: Brushes come in a variety of different types. Be sure you're using the brush that best suits your pet's hair and the season. Try out a few different brushes, as well as shedding gloves and other grooming tools, until you find what works best for your pet.
Healthy food, healthy coat: Feeding your pet a nutritious diet can help maintain a healthy coat and prevent dry skin. A healthy coat means less shedding and less cleaning for you.
Roll with it: If your pet spends a lot of time in your car, keep a lint roller in your trunk or glove box. After a ride, roll away any hair that's left behind immediately to prevent it from getting on your clothes.
Stop the scratch: Nothing leads to shedding faster than scratching. Minimize itching by controlling fleas and any allergies your pet may have. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet's scratching or hair loss seems excessive.
Loving your pet doesn't mean you have to wear their fur on your sleeves. Thankfully, with these simple steps, you can minimize hair on your clothes and in your home.
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