Help, pet hair everywhere: all about moulting

The change of seasons also means mountains of hair on the floor: your faithful four-legged friend is moulting! How to get rid of that hair easily? Read on for all the moulting facts and tips.

Why is my pet moulting?

All furry animals (and humans) lose hair all year round, but there are two periods per year when your pet loses quite a bit more hair. These periods in spring and autumn are called moulting and last about 3-4 weeks. Think of it as a wardrobe change: just like with humans, dogs and cats exchange their summer coats for their winter coats, and vice versa.

The fur on cats and dogs is a little different from the hairs on our heads. Your pet has a double coat: an outer coat and an undercoat. In spring, the undercoat becomes thin, with a breathable outer coat to keep your pet cool. In autumn, the undercoat becomes denser and more opaque, with longer hairs in the outer coat. Nice and warm!

What to do about all that hair?

You can already reduce the amount of hair on the floor by brushing your dog or cat regularly. You comb the dead hairs and skin cells out of the fur before they have a chance to swirl around your house. Regular brushing also ensures that the dead hairs cannot cause itching and you comb the natural oils over the coat, keeping it in good condition.

But even if you brush regularly, tufts of hair still appear in the house. So in the shedding period, you will have to vacuum regularly to keep things a bit fresh. Wash the baskets more often or pat them outside. Stubborn hairs that stick to your clothes or furniture can easily be removed with a clothes roller. What also works is a rubber window squeegee or rubber household gloves. Dampen these a little and go over the sofa with them. You'll sweep all the hairs together that way.

Healthy diet, healthy skin, healthy coat

Your pet's health can usually be gauged from its coat. If the coat is dull and dry, it is (literally) not in good shape. For a healthy dog or cat, and therefore a healthy coat, you need a quality, balanced dog food and dog snacks or cat food and cat treats with good ingredients. If your pet has a healthy coat, you will also notice that it sheds a lot less.

There are a number of ingredients that make an additional positive contribution to skin and coat health. Foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help keep the coat shiny and healthy. Salmon is an ingredient rich in these fatty acids. This is why we have also added salmon oil to our dog treats (and even launched a salmon variant!). Salmon also predominates in some of our snacks, such as the salmon strips for dogs and the deli line for cats. So give your pet a tasty and super-healthy treat, especially in the moulting season!