Shedding Season Tips: Getting Rid of Pet Fur

Fall is a beautiful time of year. As the weather cools and the trees start shedding their leaves, many of us are pulling our winter things out of storage, and packing away our summer gear. Of course, our furry pals are also exchanging their summer clothes for winter wear. We all know what that means: pet fur everywhere! Below, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some great tips for getting through your furry buddy’s wardrobe change.


Consider getting washable slipcovers for your sofa, loveseat, and/or armchairs. These are a great way to keep fur off your furniture!


If your furry buddy sheds heavily, vacuum daily during peak shedding times. Dusting regularly will also help, as will changing your air filter. You can even buy vacuums with attachments that are made for pets. Of course, whether this is a good idea or not really depends on your pet’s personality. Calm dogs and cats may not mind the noise, and some even seem to enjoy being pampered this way. Others? Not so much. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Brush Your Pet

Brushing your pet regularly can be very beneficial. You’ll be trapping that dead hair in a brush, so it doesn’t end up stuck to everything. If you have a dog, take Fido outside for his beauty sessions. That way, the fur will just blow away, instead of getting all over your clothes and furniture. (Tip: if your pooch is a super-heavy shedder, you may want to wear an apron when brushing him.)


During shedding season, try to choose clothes that don’t attract pet hair. Denim, silk, and polyester blends are great choices. We also recommend keeping a few lint rollers handy. If you need to quickly ‘de-fur’ a piece of clothing, toss it in the dryer with a damp washcloth for a few minutes.

Cat Care

Fluffy may swallow more fur than usual during shedding season, so hairballs may be an issue. Ask your vet to recommend a good hairball formula.


Make sure your furry friend is eating a good, nourishing diet. Proper nutrition will help keep your pet’s fur soft, shiny, and healthy, and can actually help reduce the amount of fur he or she sheds. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Contact us, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic, anytime!

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