Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Spring! Get Ready for the Big Shed

With the warmer temperatures we're enjoying, those of us with certain breeds of dog are experiencing snowstorms inside rather than outside. Snowstorms of hair that is.

Some breeds shed very little. If you're the lucky owner of a Poodle, Bichon, Maltese, Hanavese, Basenji, Shih-Tzu, Schnauzer, or many kinds of terriers, you're not vacuuming every day and going through rolls of cellophane tape trying to get your clothes presentable. Pretty much all the rest of us are sweeping, sneezing, and bolstering the supply chain for birds feathering their nests.

There are some tips to help you through the season:

  1. Brush every day. Using a slicker brush, groom vigorously on a daily basis. Everything you collect and discard puts you ahead of the game and it's a lot easier to brush your dog or cat than it is to get that hair off the sofa.

  2. Use a de-shedding tool. You can buy products at the pet store that are effective at removing the undercoat that is typical of Labs, Huskies and many kinds of Shepherds. This undercoat is mostly what you're be trying to dig out of the crevices in your car and home if you're not proactive.

  3. Bathe thoroughly. Most dogs can tolerate a bath every month or more if you use a good quality shampoo. Oatmeal shampoo costs a little more but is gentle to your dog's skin and contributes to a lustrous and soft coat and there are specialized de-shedding products for the bath.

  4. Clip: A shorter coat means less hair to cope with and will keep your pet cooler in hot weather. A short clipped coat can feel wonderfully silky.

If you're overwhelmed, call Aussie Pet Mobile for a 15 Step Groom with De-Shedding Process. We have the time and the tools to do a really thorough job and our process reduces shedding by 60 - 80 percent when used regularly. All without leaving your bathtub full of hair and grime.

We do cats too, and can clip them with a "lion cut", which is quite charming.

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