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Members' Pet Tip Of The Week -- Pet Fur?
Annie_WebMD_Staff posted:
Hi Everyone!

If you have a pet, you likely have a pet that sheds.

How do you keep down the amount of pet fur in your home?

Won't you share your ideas by adding on to this thread to keep down the amount of pet fur and pet dander?

- Annie
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Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
OK, I'll start! A sticky roller (it looks like a giant roll of masking tape) is useful for picking up pet fur off of fabric such as clothing and the cloth seats in automobiles.

Another tip is to change your disposable furnace filter regularly. The air intake filter traps a lot of pet fur so it's important to change it if you have a pet. Take a look at the size and use your digital camera or cell phone camera to take a photo of it as the dimensions of the filter will be on the edge of the filter frame. Then go to the hardware store, look at the photo, and pick out the right furnace filter size.

So how about our great community members here? What tips do you have to share?

- Annie
kimk60 replied to Annie_WebMD_Staff's response:
I brush the dog that enjoys being brushed and the two cats. The one dog that doesn't like it I catch while she's eating or drinking and therefore too busy to be annoyed with me.
I vacuum, a lot in certain areas of the house where the fur seems to collect. I use a small hand-held vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush on the upholstered furniture; I have no carpet because of previous flea problems and the hardwood floors are easy to keep fur-free. Things like crate pad covers and bed sheets go in the wash and the dryer filter catches a lot of fur -- I have to stop the dryer while things are still damp to empty the filter.
Someone without pets would probably be grossed out by the amount of fur in my house -- two long-haired black dogs make for a lot of "tumbleweeds," but I have a pretty high tolerance and it doesn't usually bother me all that much. Except for when I wake up with a bit of fur in my mouth because there's so much on the bed.... that's a little irksome. :-)


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