Shedding Season Survival Tips

Can you believe fall is already upon us? Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but for pet owners, it does present a few challenges. Fall is one of the peak shedding times. As Fido and Fluffy put on their winter coats, you might find lots of your pet’s fur falling, along with the leaves. Below, a local Carmel, IN veterinarian offers advice on dealing with your furry friend’s wardrobe change.


While brushing won’t reduce the amount of fur your four-legged pal sheds, it will capture much of that dead hair in a brush, so less of it will end up stuck to your clothing and furniture. To reduce the amount of fur that you end up wearing, get a spare apron for grooming sessions, and wear that when brushing your furry friend. If your pet has a very heavy coat, you may want to get a shedding blade. An extra trip to the groomer’s isn’t a bad idea either.


Feeding your pet a high-quality, nutritious diet can also help with shedding. Nutrition plays a huge role in the overall health of your pet’s fur. Good, nourishing food will keep your furball’s coat shiny and healthy, and can reduce the amount of dead fur they lose.

Cleaning Hacks

It isn’t a bad idea to vacuum more often than usual while your pet is shedding. Did you know that a squeegee works great at removing fur from carpets or upholstery? Try it! A dry sponge or damp washcloth can also be very effective. We also recommend putting removable, washable slipcovers on your furniture, at least during shedding season.

Keep Fluffy Indoors

Outdoor pets often shed more than those who stay indoors. This is because pets that stay indoors are protected from the seasonal changes that often trigger shedding. Of course, Fido needs potty breaks and exercise, but Fluffy is better off staying indoors.

Don’t Wear Fur!

Your pet may have a beautiful coat, but that pretty fur definitely won’t look right on you! Choose fabrics that fur won’t stick to, like silk and rayon, and avoid materials that trap hair, like velvet or cotton. Remember, the lint roller is your friend. You may want to keep a few extra ones on hand this time of year!

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Carmel, IN vet clinic, anytime.

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