Siberian Husky is not a pet for everyone, especially not for those who are clean freaks and want to have their house shining all the time.
Husky is one of the oldest dog breeds used for sled pulling thousands of years ago. They are hyperactive and love or in fact, require a tough routine. Husky is a high-maintenance breed that requires continuous grooming. They not only blow their coat but they will blow your mind as well.
In this article, you will get the answers to most of your Husky-related questions like:
- Why do huskies shed?
- How much do they shed throughout the year?
- How to deal with Husky hair in the house?
- How To Deal With Husky Hair On Clothing?
- Can you use a vacuum directly on Husky?
- Can you cut/shave Husky hair?
- How to keep the Husky fluffy?
Pet shedding is common. Even single-coated pets shed throughout the year. But their shedding is nothing to worry about. The double-coated pets shed more because, well, they simply have more hair.
Getting rid of old dead hair and growing new ones is a natural process. This keeps their coat healthy and dense. Another reason for Husky shedding is to regulate their body temperature and adapt to the surrounding.
How Much Do Huskies Shed Throughout The Year?
Husky hair shedding is a continuous process. This is the main factor you should keep in mind before deciding on getting a Husky dog. This shedding becomes worse twice a year during seasonal changes. Mostly it happens during Spring and Fall when a husky makes the transition from a winter coat into a summer coat and vice versa. This is called blowing the coat. This process of blowing the coat takes around 3 to 5 weeks.
Husky hair fall also gets worse during summer. The undercoat sheds its hair to adapt to the hot climate.
How To Deal With Husky Hair In The House?
Now that we know when and how much a husky sheds throughout the year, let’s look at how can we deal with husky hair in the house.
If you have a husky in the house, husky hair will be all over the place be it the floors, carpets, furniture, your clothes, or your car. Cleaning all this mess is the price you will have to pay for having such an intelligent, loyal and beautiful pet. But don’t worry. I have listed some tips, tricks and DIY hacks below that will help you deal with husky hair in the house.
The first thing is prevention. Although you cannot stop huskies from shedding, you can definitely keep your house safe from husky hair. Follow these tips to deal with husky hair in your house proactively.
Brush The Husky Regularly
One thing is for sure, the husky will shed. So, to deal with husky hair in the house, you will have to be proactive. Don’t wait until a snowstorm hits and spreads fluff all over your house. Brushing your husky should be on top of the grooming list. It will get rid of most of the loose hair from both coats.
Choosing the right brush will make this chore easy for you and the husky as well. Use a Furminator undercoat de-shedding brush. Brush the undercoat until you can count the hair in the brush. Once done with the undercoat, use a slicker brush for the topcoat. This will make sure that all the loose hair are off your husky.
Brushing can be done 2-3 times a week during normal shedding. But when your husky is blowing the coat, brushing every day is your best bet.
Use A Pet Grooming Glove
Believe me, your husky will love this trick to deal with hair fall. A pet grooming glove can do wonders when getting rid of loose husky hair. Just wear a glove in your hand and start petting your husky.
These gloves have silicon grooming tips on them that will comb away all the loose hair. You can also use these gloves during a bathing session. This glove will help moisturize the skin along with getting rid of all loose hair.
Some loose undercoat hair might remain stuck there during the brushing session due to static charge. The pet glove does a pretty good job of removing such loose hair as well.
Besides, petting your husky will strengthen your bond with your pet.
Bathe Your Husky
Bathing your husky will help you deal with most of the hair fall. Use a shampoo with natural ingredients, vitamins, and antioxidants. This will nourish the skin and will minimize hair loss.
Husky should not be bathed excessively. Once every month is more than enough. Excessive bathing will cause dryness and will worsen the shedding. A pet grooming glove or a brush should be used during bathing. This will remove dead skin as well.
You can give an extra bath during the blowing season.
Give Your Husky A Healthy Diet
As with humans, huskies also require a healthy and balanced diet to keep them in proper shape. Huskies are bred for hard work. They require a busy and active routine. This makes it essential to keep their diet full of protein and carbohydrates.
Adding omega-3 supplements to your dog’s food will do wonders. Adding fish oil, coconut oil, or olive oil into the food will not only reduce the shedding but is also beneficial in different health issues of dogs like osteoporosis, renal disorders, etc.
Keep Your Husky Hydrated
Dehydration can cause dry skin that will eventually cause excessive hair loss. Keeping your husky hydrated will keep its skin hydrated and the hair shedding at bay. Make sure your husky always drinks clean and fresh water.
Keep Husky Involved In Healthy Activities
As mentioned above, Huskies are bred for hard work and a hyperactive lifestyle. Daily exercise will keep them physically and mentally healthy. You will find your husky happier and more energetic when you take him out for a walk or when you play with him in your backyard.
If you keep your husky indoors for days without any outdoor activity, it will not only have adverse effects on their health but it will induce anger and frustration in them as well.
Huskies have a double coat. This characteristic makes them more prone to a flea infestation. Fleas are tiny, dot-like parasites that reside on the skin of birds or mammals and feed on their blood. Flea infestation in huskies will cause itching, scabby skin, and hair loss.
If your husky has a flea infestation, get a flea treatment as soon as possible. There are many methods to get rid of a flea attack including anti-flea shampoo, anti-flea powder, anti-flea collar, and other topical medication. BUT, if your husky is under a flea attack, it is recommended to get him checked by a veterinarian and consult for the best treatment.
Use A Pet Vacuum Cleaner
If, after the preventive measures discussed above, you still find chunks of husky hair in your house, it is time to deal with them.
Do yourself a favor and get a pet vacuum cleaner that can easily deal with the snowstorm created by the husky hair and fur. The best vacuum cleaner to pick up husky hair should have multiple attachments as well to allow you to pick up pet hair and clean all the places in your house including floors and above-the-floor places.
Most pet vacuum cleaners come with HEPA filters and completely sealed technology that keeps the allergens, fine dust particles, hair, and dandruff trapped within the dirt bin and keep the air healthy and clean.
Use A Blower
Huskies can be deshedded using a high-velocity blower. Again, use a blower only if your husky is familiar with it and doesn’t get scared by its noise.
Take your husky outside for a blower session. The backyard is the best place for this. The hair blown away from your husky will be taken away by birds who will decorate their nests with them.
Use protective gear – a mask and protective goggles – so that you don’t inhale the flying hair.
Use A Pet Cover For Furniture
Dealing with the husky hair in the house is an ongoing process. Once you get a husky in your house, you will find husky hair everywhere, especially on furniture. Although you can use a vacuum cleaner with a pet or upholstery attachment to clean your furniture, you can use pet covers on your furniture as well. You can get pet covers for couches, beds, and sofas.
These covers will ease the process of picking up the husky hair. These covers are machine washable as well.
How To Deal With Husky Hair On Clothing?
Getting rid of husky hair from your clothing is also a continuous struggle. Whether you have just done playing with your husky or did a brushing or vacuuming session, your clothes will be covered with the husky hair.
Use an anti-static spray on your clothes before trying to deal with the husky hair. This will loosen up all the hair.
Use A Sponge
You can use a dish sponge to get rid of husky hair from your clothing. Rub your clothes with the scrubby side of the sponge and work all the hair toward the bottom. Place a plastic sheet or cover under the clothes so that the hair will accumulate on it instead of getting onto the floor or carpet.
Use A Lint Roller
A lint roller can also be used for this purpose. Roll it on the clothes and all the loose hair and fur will stick to it. Once the tape is filled with hair and fur just remove it and replace it with a new one.
A lint roller makes sure that you don’t have to pick up all the hair after cleaning the clothes. All the hair will stick on the tape that can easily be peeled and removed.
Can You Use A Vacuum Directly On Husky?
If your husky is accustomed to the vacuum, especially the sound of it, you can use a vacuum cleaner to clean the hair directly from the husky body. Keep the following tips in mind while using a vacuum directly on your husky:
- You should get a proper pet brush attachment for this chore.
- Get a quieter vacuum cleaner so it doesn’t disturb your husky.
- Turn the vacuum on near the dog so that your dog gets accustomed to it.
- Vacuum your husky only when its body and hair are dry. Never use it on wet hair.
- Give your husky a treat after vacuuming so that it gets familiar with it.
- Never force your husky for a vacuuming session if it is scared of it.
Can You Cut/Shave Husky Hair?
It might seem like a genius idea but cutting or trimming your husky hair is the last thing you would want your husky to go through. As said earlier, the husky double coat protects it from harsh temperatures. If shaved, huskies will get serious health and skin issues.
The undercoat grows faster than the topcoat. If shaved, the undercoat will become denser and will cause severe matting problems. This matted and tangled double coat will cause problems like overheating during summer as the proper aeration will stop.
How Do I Keep My Husky Fluffy?
The following steps should be taken to make your husky fluffy:
- Brush regularly
- Keep your husky on a protein-rich diet
- Include omega-3 supplements in the diet
- Keep your husky hydrated
- Keep your husky active and provide it proper exercise and play time