Dogs shed everywhere. It is relentless, you find their hair in every corner of your home, from the rug in the living room to the corners of every room. Nothing beats the moment when you’re on the way to meet with some friends and you realize there is a sea of dog hair covering your black dress. You love your dog, dearly, but you simply cannot deal with living swathed within a dog hair coat every day. It gets in your ventilation system and spreads. Before you know it you are breathing in pet hair, pet dander and everything else that comes in and bothers your breathing. Below you will find some tips that we have found useful in minimizing this issue a bit (never 100% effective—there will always be dog hair!), and we hope they will put you on the path to a cleaner, more comfortable home.
Thank you to elliotshouse.com for these great tips!
Vacuum your home often. Be diligent in your vacuuming efforts (No one said this would be easy). Frequent vacuuming is one of the best ways to keep your home hair free.
Remove any hair that you see right away, before it can travel into your ventilation system. Hair that is newly shed is easier to remove before it works its way into upholstery fabric (Yikes). A Tape Roller is one of the best tools for removing hair.
Clean your air ducts annually. Your air ducts can trap and hold onto all the things you don’t want your family to breathe in. Call Daffy Ducts at 404.549.6777 to schedule your appointment now.
Brush your pet. That’s a no brainer. Regular, even daily, brushing is the most effective way to keep your home hair-free. Brushing will also make your dog’s coat softer, cleaner, and less likely to shed.
Use the right brush! Slicker Brushes, Shedding Blades, Matbreakers and Love Gloves each have a specific function and work best on the type of coat they are designed for. Most pets need more than one type of brush to remove all of the dead hair (fussy little things).
Pick the right food. A dog’s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed your dog a high quality food with good digestible protein sources, and watch the hair on the ground start to magically disappear. If you are unsure about what to choose, talk to your vet.
Take care of your pet’s skin and any pest infection they may have. See your veterinarian to make sure your pet is getting proper allergy relief. To prevent itching and scratching from fleas, use bioSpot SPOT ON or Advantage to prevent and control infestations. Be sure to check with your vet before putting anything on your pet.