Pet shedding, Dog shedding, Cat shedding, animal shedding.

Springtime in California! Just as the flowers bloom and the days grow longer, you might notice your four-legged companions leaving a little bit of themselves behind on the couch, the carpet, your clothing, and just about everywhere else. But don’t worry! This increase in dog shedding and cat shedding is a sign of good health, as pets trade their winter wear for a lighter pet spring coat.

Understanding Your Pet’s Seasonal Shed

With the warmer weather, your pet’s body naturally sheds its thick, insulating winter coat in preparation for the warmer months ahead. This process allows your furry friend to remain comfortable as temperatures climb, transitioning to a sleek pet summer coat. 

While the tufts of fur adrift in your home might seem like a lot, it’s a perfectly natural and healthy part of your pet’s life cycle.

Keeping Shedding Under Control

Managing pet shedding is a twofold task: supporting your pet’s health and maintaining a clean home. Here’s how to tackle both:

  • Nutrition: A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can promote healthier skin and fur. 
  • Hydration: Plenty of fresh water helps keep your pet’s skin hydrated and may help minimize shedding.
  • Regular Grooming: Brushing your pet several times a week helps collect loose fur and can reduce the amount that ends up around your house.
  • Professional Grooming Services: Sometimes, a professional groom can be the most effective way to manage a heavy shedder, especially when it comes to undercoats.
  • Furniture Covers: Removable and washable covers protect furniture and make cleanup a breeze.

Incorporating these habits into your routine keeps your home tidier and fosters a bond between you and your pet during grooming sessions.

Removing Pet Hair from Your Home

Despite your best efforts, pet hair has a way of making its presence known. Here are some methods to keep your home fur-free:

  • Sticky Rollers: These are a pet owner’s best friend for quick touch-ups on clothing and furniture.
  • Vacuum Cleaners Designed for Pet Hair: Invest in a vacuum with attachments tailored to pet hair removal for efficient cleaning.
  • Damp Sponges: A simple, damp sponge can lift pet hair from upholstery with surprising effectiveness.
  • Rubber Gloves: Running your hand over fabric surfaces with a dampened rubber glove can gather hair into clumps for easy removal.

By using these tools, you can significantly cut down on the furry fallout from your pet’s natural shedding process.

The Bigger Picture of Shedding

While shedding can be a nuisance, it’s also a sign that your pet is healthy and adjusting to the changing seasons as nature intended. However, it’s important to recognize when shedding might indicate a health issue. If you notice bald patches, excessive scratching, or changes in your pet’s coat quality, it’s worth a visit to Oroville Animal Health Center. 

Dr. Harry Sekhorn and the Oroville Animal Health Center team are here to help you and your pet transition smoothly into summer. If you’re finding the fur factor overwhelming or concerned about your pet’s coat health, contact us. After all, a little fur is just part of the package deal of loving our animal friends, and we’re here to make sure that’s nothing to worry about.