If you’ve ever owned a lab or a German shepard, then you’re all too aware of the woes a shedding dog can bring. It’s not exclusive to certain dog breeds, either, because certain breeds of cats are also known to shed all year round. Such pets can be quite cumbersome to deal with, and regular vacuum cleaners will rarely, if ever, do the job. Pet hairs need something more powerful than a regular vacuum cleaner, with a much stronger suction power, brush action and in-built filters and mechanisms that can lock onto even the finest kinds of particles.
Shedding is a natural process that occurs in lots of animals, including dogs. The thickness of its coat changes, normally, according to seasons, but can be different if the dog stays indoors all day. There is no real way of stopping shedding (except maybe shaving, which isn’t the best of ideas). All you can do is groom it regularly – brush its fur whenever possible – and see a vet if it gets excessive.
The other alternative is to let your dog be free to enjoy nature and get a good vacuum cleaner to help you tidy the place up. General good advice for anyone thinking of buying a pet vacuum cleaner is to consider some of the following factors:
- Flooring: The type of flooring in your home will dictate how easy or hard it will be to clean up those hard-to-pick-up pet hairs. If you have a carpet, for instance, instead of a tiled floor, you will need something more powerful. Some vacuums are great all-rounders, but others excel more so at specific environments.
- Type of vacuum: There are two types of in-circulation vacuum cleaners to consider in this case: bagless and bagged. If possible, consider getting the bagged variant. The other model should work just as well, but emptying a bin full of ultra-light dog hair won’t always go as planned.
- Portability: This depends more on your dog more than the vacuum itself, but if your dog is a hyperactive breed, e.g. the aforementioned German shepherds, they will likely jump all over your furniture and run around the stairs. In these cases, you’ll want a vacuum that can handle upholstery and is light to carry around, with long cord respectively.
- Utility: Depending on what you want, it’s possible to get a pet hair vacuum that’s good at picking up pet hair and nothing else, or you can get one that’s multi-purposeful. More often than not, though, if you want the perfect product, go for the one that was designed to do the specific job. This case is no different.
When it comes to a good vacuum cleaner for pet hair, though, don’t get lured in by the marketing gimmicks, making fuzzy claims and have the word ‘pet’ in the model name. At the end of the day, all you really want is something that can do the job, and do it well. If the vacuum you use leaves visible patches of fur or gets it entangled with the brush, it’s at best an average vacuum cleaner.