If you're anything like me, you love your animals but could do without explosions of fur on your couch and bedding. But alas, just like Fido is forever in your heart, his fur is likely irrevocably intertwined into every fiber of every piece of clothing in your house. Aside from encouraging you to opt for a dog with minimal shedding, we have compiled a list of products and homemade solutions to aid you in the battle for your sanity. Make no mistake: The battle is epic, and all good warriors should be adequately prepared.
Dryer sheets: In addition to the many uses for dryer sheets listed here, the sheets work wonders for removing pet hair from furniture and clothing. Simply take a dryer sheet, rub it on the affected surface and the hair will come right up.
Balloons: Most school-aged children know how to rub a balloon on hairto generate static electricity. This return to fourth-grade science class can actually help pet owners lift hair out of carpeting or upholstery. Just rub a balloon over the pet hair, and the balloon will pick up the mess.
FURminator: The FURminator is a special brush that effectively removes an animal's undercoat and loose fur which can reduce the total amount of shedding in your home by 90%. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for different animals, available at Petco.
Espree Natural Simple Shed Treatment for dogs and cats: While there are wonderful multi-purpose pet shampoos, Espree Simple Shed Treatment helps animals release their undercoat and loose hair which also reduces overall shedding. The shampoo uses natural oatmeal and aloe extracts, so it is very gentle on animals of all types and ages.
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