Holy Shed!

July 7, 2020

As the temperature rises, you might be finding more fur than usual on your floor. This article has suggestions on how to keep your vacuum from getting clogged.

More Heat, Less Fur

Summertime! The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and your dog’s fur is likely exhibiting a mass exodus. So, is there anything you can do to handle the influx of household fur? Read on for suggestions for ways to both minimize and manage all that shedding.

Double or Single Coat?

Let’s start with a quick lesson about fur. Your pup has either a single or double coat. As you can guess, the double coat is what causes all that extra fur. In fact, the technical name for the seasonal massive shedding is “Coat Blow” (aptly labeled, right?).

Undercoat & Guard Hairs

The first layer is called an undercoat and it consists of short hairs. On top of that is the second layer, called guard hairs. Undercoats help insulate while guard hairs repel moisture and dirt.

Brush That Pup

First off, your dog brush should be your tool of choice right now. The best brush depends on the dog breed you have. For short hair, choose a bristle brush; for soft hair, choose a slicker brush. Here’s a list of some favorite dog brushes, if you’d like some backing before purchasing.

More Baths

Secondly, bathe your pup a little more often than usual. Extra baths help loosen the undercoat that’s on its way out. Just use a sensitive formula because more baths can mean more skin dryness and irritation.

Sure To Shed

So with a little extra work beforehand, you might have a lot less sweeping after. Either way, a lint roller always comes in handy!

Come. Stay. Heal.

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