Spring is in the air

Sam Hyer

Sam Hyer

And so is pet fur. Many people believe that it is the warming rays of spring sunshine that causes shedding…not so. Dogs shed based on length of daylight not heat, so shedding is an issue for pets and their parents from coast to coast.

Here are some tips to keep your fur friend and your space freer of flying fur:

1. Brush and follow with combing your dogs’ coat regularly to remove loose fur and dander. (By saying “regularly” means weekly if not daily.)

2. Bathe dogs every six to eight weeks to moisturize their skin and minimize shedding. Use a high quality shampoo created specifically for your pet’s pawticular skin type. There are even products that reduce shedding. Always follow with a conditioner. You may also wish to consider using a grooming spray between baths to control static electricity, cause less tangling and matting and to manage the shedding.

3. Feed a high-quality diet with high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Those ingredients help condition the skin and coat. Provide plenty of fresh clean water.

4. Offer only healthy treats that are rich in antioxidants instead of junk food. Yes, even in the pet world there are junk foods. Ingredients like salmon, tuna and duck promote luxurious and healthy skin and fur. Pets enjoy green beans and carrots as treats also.

5. Keep regular appointments with your vet and qualified groomer to nip potential skin/coat loss problems—like allergies, parasitic infections, hormonal disorders, thyroid conditions and matting—in the bud.

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