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How to Get Rid of Pet Hair

There are innumerable joys of pet ownership, but cleaning up hair isn't one of them. These simple tricks to remove pet hair will keep your clothes and home fur-free.

By Janine Boldrin

Shedding is a natural process, but temperature, nutrition, hormones, health and other factors can increase it, according to Paul Maza, D.V.M., senior lecturer at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York. Minimize the fallout by brushing your cat or dog at least weekly. This removes hairs that are about to be shed. "It's better to regularly spend a few minutes grooming, rather than long periods of time less frequently," says Maza. "That way, loose hairs end up on the brush, not in the house." Be sure not to brush too hard. And if you notice a sudden increase in hair loss or bare spots appear, contact a vet.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.