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How to Deal with Seasonal Shedding

How to Deal with Seasonal Shedding

Shedding. For many dog and cat parents, it’s a year-round battle of the fur. For others, the change of seasons comes with a mass coat exodus, resulting in large tufts of hair in every nook and cranny of your home. Unless you own a hypoallergenic dog or a hairless cat, shedding is a daily reality. But, with a few simple changes to your pet’s diet and grooming routine, you’ll both live more comfortable (and cleaner!) lives. Here a few ways to keep your pet’s stray hairs in check:

Frequent Brushing
Incorporating regular brushing sessions into your pet’s routine will help neatly remove hair that would otherwise end up on your couch, clothes or floor. It will also help bond you and your pet (even if they’re resistant at first, most pets come around to brushing with a little training and coaxing), and will result in better distribution of skin oils for a healthier, softer, shinier coat. Brushes come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure to consult with your local pet specialty retailer to choose the best brush for your pet’s specific needs.

Complete, Balanced Raw Diet
Though it varies in thickness and texture, did you know that both dog and cat hair is made mostly of an insoluble protein called keratin? That’s why it’s so important to feed pets a high quality diet, such as Primal Pet Foods complete and balanced raw formulas, to ensure they — and their coat — remain healthy. Many of our customers have reported that after adopting a raw foods diet, their pets have seen a significant reduction in shedding and an overall more lustrous coat. 

Fatty Acids 
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Regular Baths (for dogs)
While some pet owners are wary of over-bathing their dogs, a regular cadence of bath time can help further remove excess hair. Be sure to use a shampoo meant for dogs (and one for sensitive skin if your dog is prone to dryness). There’s no need to use shampoo every time, either — sometimes a quick hose down or shower is all they need to remove dirt, pollen, irritants and excess fur from their coat.