Did you know that there are 71 million US households that have at least one pet? That’s up seven percent in the last five years, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association. As a pet owner myself, I can certainly understand the appeal. There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with my dog at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, I’m also perpetually covered in pet hair, since the fine hairs that he leaves behind on all my furniture always make their way onto my black pants.
If your pet has left you feeling frustrated as you carry out your spring cleaning, here are some helpful tips from the people at FURminator and veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber to help you keep your home and pet clean.
- Healthy Diet. Diet plays a key role in your pet's overall health. Feeding your pet a quality pet food with protein, vitamins and Omega-Fatty Acids will promote a healthy weight and topcoat and help reduce shedding.
- Scratch the Itch. Pets can itch because of fleas, dry skin or even a skin allergy, which can spread dander throughout the house. Whatever the cause, make sure to speak with your veterinarian to help your pets feel and look their best.
- Lessen Allergies & Sneezing. Create allergy-free areas for family members with pet allergies by restricting animals to certain rooms of your home and consider using allergen-resistant covers on mattresses and pillows. Regular grooming will also decrease the amount of airborne allergens and dander around the house.
- Pet Hair Removal. Upholstery is a pet hair magnet and removing fur can be tedious. Eliminate newly shed hair with a lint roller before fur works its way into fabric. If pets are allowed on the furniture, consider investing in furniture throws that can be laundered. This will keep your home looking and smelling better.
- Pet Crates. Pets prefer a clean, dry space to sleep in. A crate acts like their bedroom and provides a positive solution to house-training. Be sure to keep their "room" clean by washing blankets kept in the crate.
- Avoid the Outside Coming In. Keep a washable rug near the door your pet uses. Wipe off your pet's paws so mud or dirt is not tracked onto floors.
- Pet Stain Removal. For pet stains on carpets, try sponging the area with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of clear dish detergent in a quart of warm water; let dry and repeat if the spot remains.
- Pet Dishes. Keep a mat or rug under your pets' food and water dish to catch spills. Also, spray a light mist of vegetable oil on the inside of their dishes for easier cleanup.
- Cleaner Pet, Cleaner Home. Keep pets clean by bathing them regularly with a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner.
- Love Your Pet, Hate the Shedding? Use a professional grooming tool to groom your pet regularly. This will eliminate the amount of fur left on floors, couches and clothes.
Check out some of the FURminator tools and shampoos to help keep your pet's shedding to a minimum.