THE SHEDDING SEASON
It is what it is…
but they’re our fur babies and as much as we may abhor this time of year, we wouldn’t trade our doggies for anything in the world. It’s springtime and they need to shed their winter coats in preparation for warmer weather. It happens every year so none of us are surprised when a fur ball scoots across the room or an unexpected hair tornado swirls through the air.
An Ounce of Prevention
The best we can do to lessen the shedding and our frustration is to be proactive. Here are a few of the ways to be prepared for Doggie Springtime in the Rockies.
- Daily brushing helps considerably. There are all kinds of combs and brushes, shedding blades, and shedding rakes (each with their own special benefits) available at pet stores. Depending on your dog’s breed and coat, pay attention to the package description to know which tools are best for you.
- Bathing helps to loosen the hair and make brushing more productive. A word to the wise: protect your drain with a cover that catches the hair.
- For many of us, a trip to the groomer can solve many if not all of the problems. A good summer haircut not only takes the heat off doggie, it also leaves the hair at the spa. Doggie gets a new look and you get to wear black again.
- There are various opinions about diet and how it can affect shedding, and there are even more products that promise to lessen excessive shedding. Check with your vet to get his/her take on the subject and determine the best choice for your dog. Suppliments are available in the form of tablets, capsules, powders and treats, and pet food that promotes healthy coats.
A Pound of Fur
Brushing really does make a huge difference in the amount of hair that will be flying around your home. But once you brush all of that fur onto the floor, then what? Gather it all up and throw it in the trash? Maybe. Maybe not. You might be surprised how some creative folks are recycling dog hair.
Outdoors? In the garden, use those sheered locks as fertilizer, to keep away the deer, and to assist the birds in nest building. Attach a clump of fur to shrubs or stuff some into a grapevine orb and hang from the trees. The baby birds will feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud.
Did you know that you can Google Search to find people who will spin your dog’s hair into yarn for knitting and craft projects?
What about jewlery? Yes, there are artists who will design and make jewelry from your pet hair or if you feel like taking up a new hobby, there are DIY tutorials on line that will teach you the tricks of the trade.
So you see, you can turn lemons into lemonade or fur into a usable product.
Brush. Vacuum. Wipe. Wash. Groom.
OR – just wait for a windy day and let nature take its course.