Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Announcements

The Pet Health Community and Pet Health Center are NOT substitutes for a vet visit. Contact a vet in an emergency! | Dog Conditions A-Z | Dog Symptoms A-Z | Cat Conditions A-Z | Cat Symptoms A-Z

Remember Your Beloved Pet
Members' Pet Tip Of The Week -- Pet Fur?
avatar
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
Was this Helpful?
15 of 24 found this helpful
Reply
 
avatar
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
 
avatar
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. :-)


Featuring Experts from AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM, is a small animal internal medicine consultant for Phoenix Central Laboratory, an independent veterinary diagnostic laborat...More

Helpful Tips

Helping Hospice Patients Keep Their PetsExpert
Pets are an extremely important part of our lives. And this is especially true when we are at the end of our days. What could be more ... More
Was this Helpful?
34 of 46 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Learn more about the AVMA

WebMD Special Sections