Help cats and dogs survive the moulting season
Their coat protects cats and dogs from the cold throughout the winter and from dirt and parasites during the summer. To prepare them for the new season our pets moult in the spring and the autumn.
If your pet loses a large amount of hair over several weeks in the spring and the autumn, don’t worry. At this time, your four-legged friend is entering the “moulting season”, which can also result in skin irritations. As such, this phase is not particularly pleasant for the owner or the animal. However, there are a number of ways for both of you to survive the moulting season relatively unscathed.
Most cats and dogs shed hair, particularly during the moulting season. At this time of year, in the spring, the thick winter coat is replaced by a light “summer dress”, and their protective layer then grows back in the autumn to protect the animal from the cold once more. Hormonal factors can also have an impact on moulting: bitches often shed their hair while on heat or during pregnancy, while castrated dogs can sometimes moult throughout the year. Normally, however, the moulting season lasts between six and seven weeks. Here are our tips for this season.
Top priority: brush and comb your pet every day. This will not only help keep your home clean, but will also help your pet during the transitional period. The act of brushing improves the flow of blood to the skin and the dead hair, particularly from the undercoat, is easily removed. This is important to prevent the coat from matting, which not only looks messy but can also lead to bacterial infections, eczema and fungal infections.
Which brush to use on which coat?
A “curry comb” is ideal for animals with short hair as its soft, rubber teeth make for particularly gentle grooming and promote circulation.
Four-legged pets with wiry or long hair, which is prone to matting or knotting, should use a dematter before brushing. This removes matted hair and knots effortlessly.
Some animals have very sensitive skin and do not like having their coat combed or brushed. In such cases, a massage glove is a good alternative for gently removing dead hear.
There are special combs for long-haired cats and dogs which have both coarse and fine teeth for untangling long strands. Brushes which remove the thick undercoat are also particularly useful in the spring.
Silky and fine hair should first be combed through with a coat comb before massaging the skin with a natural hair brush.
To support the associated metabolic processes, you can add high-quality Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to your pet’s food. Yeast supplements or biotin can also have a positive effect when mixed in with their food. You should give your cat malt paste during this period. This will help move swallowed cat hair through the digestive system. Even if your cat grooms herself, you should not neglect to brush and comb her on a daily basis. The less hair your furry friend swallows, the less likely she is to develop digestive problems.
Once the moulting season is over, you can once again increase the length of time between grooming sessions. Smooth or long hair should be combed and brushed on a weekly basis, and silky hair on a daily basis, while long-haired dogs with an undercoat only require a weekly grooming session, as do the wiry-haired variety. These dogs should be trimmed every three to four months. This is not necessary for cats, unless they are long-haired or have a thick undercoat.
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