Dr. Heather’s Cure for Seasonal Hair Loss!
Do you have a dog who walks into the room during the spring molt and seems to explode like a hairy hand grenade, spreading furry shrapnel everywhere including on your clothes and in your nose?
Yeah, it’s the time of year when we cry from allergies and the fur flies from itchy pets.
Let’s look at both reducing shedding and then cleaning up where your dog’s left off. And one note: While we recommend a few specific products, we have no commercial relationship with any of them — they’re just products we use and like.
1. The brush off. The more your brush loose hair off of your molty-mutt, means more hair in the trash can and less everywhere else. My favorite is a rubber fingered brush called a Pet + Me.
2. Hair of the dog. Most veterinary professionals now recommend up to weekly baths for dogs. Not only do you rinse off allergy triggers, but the hair that’s genetically triggered to fall out that week ends up in a wet matt on the steel wool you’ve put in the drain (to prevent clogging) and in the trash. The Pet + Me works great here too, to get the suds down to the level of the skin and gently lift the loose hair out.
3. FURminate. To furminate is to use the amazing FURminator grooming tool to get rids of enough hair to stuff a twin mattress. This product is often duplicated but never equaled and really worth the full price. Your carpet, upholstery, and clothes will thank you.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Keeping your home fur-free
1. Cover up. We recommend easily washed dog blankets on the areas where our pet spend the most time. We sell a “Pet Duvet cover” that is easily wiped down to remove hair and dirt without requiring a complete wash.
2. Stick with the program. There’s a reason why you always see pet hair pickups (rolls of sticky tape) in veterinary hospitals. They work! The Pet + Me brush does a really good job at removing hair from our clothing too!
3. Swiffer. We love these products. Every time we run ours over the tile floors of our hospital, we end up with pads that look like toupees of different colors and lengths of dog hair.
4. FURminator rubber rake. This product that helps clean your carpet of hair and lift the pile. “The Animal” Dyson vacuum cleaner is also an excellent tool. Regular squeegees work well, too.
One last but very important thing: Excessive shedding or patches of hair loss can be from medical conditions ranging from endocrine problems to parasites. There’s only one way to find out, come in and see us for a visit!