Animal Rescue: Pet shedding can be minimized, though not eliminated _lowres

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Shedding is a predictably annoying aspect of owning a pet. Regardless of age or breed, all dogs and cats (except for hairless breeds) shed, some more than others.

Dogs and cats will inevitably shed, but the amount of hair that is lost can be reduced. Animals shed to get rid of old, damaged or extra hair. Also, skin conditions, as well as allergies, often cause excessive shedding.

Here are some tips to help reduce the hair everywhere:

BRUSH REGULARLY: Daily brushing will make the hair softer, cleaner and less likely to shed. Also, brushing stimulates the skin and helps to keep it healthier. Using the right brush is important, as shedding blades, matbreakers, slicker brushes and love gloves have specific functions and work best on the type of coat for which they are designed.

WATCH THE DIET: Choose a high-quality food with digestible protein. A pet’s fur or hair health is reflective of its diet.

ADD FATTY ACIDS: Feed a fatty acid supplement such as Eicosaderm, salmon oil or omega 3 oil capsules. While all work well, Eicosaderm has performed miracles for pets’ coats at our shelter. It’s available at your vet’s office or online.

CONTROL FLEAS AND ALLERGIES: Our Louisiana subtropical climate is flea heaven. Talk to a vet about the proper medicines or actions to help control parasites and allergies that affect the skin.

KEEP IT CLEAN: Bathe pets with a soothing shampoo. It will rejuvenate a lackluster coat. Follow directions carefully. Most medicated or soothing shampoos require lathering and leaving on for 10 minutes, while massaging the skin, then rinsing.

DON’T DELAY: Remove hair from upholstery and the pet’s bed. Newly dropped hair is easier to remove before it works its way into fabric. Vacuuming or a tape roller works well. In addition, use throws on top of furniture for pets to lie on.

VACUUM FREQUENTLY: Be diligent with regular vacuuming efforts to keep the home hair-free. If there are flea problems, throw away the vacuum bag or empty canister outside in a disposable bag. This is important, because eggs vacuumed up will hatch in the vacuum cleaner seven to 10 days later.

ASK THE VET: Many treatable diseases affect the skin and hair. Regular visits will help identify problems early and provide more effective treatment.

Events

YAPPY HOUR: The Louisiana SPCA is the beneficiary of Yappy Hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday at Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The next event will be Sept. 17. Fresh water and treats will be provided for pups while owners enjoy $1 off all craft cocktails. When patrons mention “Yappy Hour,” 15 percent of the proceeds will benefit the SPCA. For information, visit rareformnola.com.

CHARLOTTE’S HOPE: The grand opening for Charlotte’s Hope Thrift & Gift will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the thrift shop, 8299 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. This thrift shop benefits Animal Rescue New Orleans. There will be adoptable dogs, store specials, a Cottage Catering holiday food tasting, refreshments, black and gold king cakes and manicure specials at the spa next door. For information, email adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org.

SPCA FUNDRAISER: The Charming Charlie store at Manhattan Plaza Shopping Center, 1500 Westbank Expressway, Suite C, Harvey, will donate 10 percent of each customer’s purchase to the Louisiana SPCA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, when the Louisiana SPCA is mentioned during checkout. Volunteers will be on hand with shelter info and adoptable dogs, weather permitting. For information, call (504) 364-5708.

ADOPTION EVENT: The Louisiana SPCA will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Gallery Burguieres, 736 Royal St., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 368-5191 or visit la-spca.org/offsite.

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact information to lostandfound@la-spca.org.

In Jefferson Parish, email molsen@jeffparish.net and bbourgeois @jeffparish.net, and in St. Bernard Parish, email cluna@sbpg.net.

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at animalrescuecolumn@gmail.com, visit animalrescueneworleans.org or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.