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Vacuum Groom Your Pet
However, some lucky owners have fought their shedding battles with vacuums. Unfortunately a large percentage of these pets are partially or fully deaf, so the sound of vacuums do not startle them. You do not have to deafen your pet to like your vacuum, instead, try these tips:
Stationary vacuums, while turned off, are less intimidating than vacuums running about the home turned on. Introduce your pet to your vacuum. Leave it in their bedroom, or the living room, so that they can sniff it, smell it, look at it, and overcome their own fears of it.
Do not turn on the vacuum at their favorite spot. Instead, opt for a bathroom while the fan is turned on. Your pet may notice that the sound is simply like a bathroom fan (just an appliance). Do not lock the pet in the room until they are fully comfortable with the vacuum and the bathroom. Begin grooming them (with treats) without the vacuum on in the bathroom, since its hard surfaces can be useful for sweeping out hair later.
HEPA vacuums and vacuums with carbon filters make excellent choices for homes with pets. HEPA filtration eliminates the dander stored in your floors and carbon filters eliminates pet odor.
Be sure that the suction will not harm your pet. A great way to test the suction power is on yourself, simply on your palm. Do not attempt to vacuum your pet’s face, ears, or sensitive areas, as it can be extremely uncomfortable (and albeit traumatizing) for your furry friend.
Do not attempt to vacuum pets that are too small for the suction, such as gerbils or rats.
Discontinue vacuuming on your pet if you notice bruising or if the pet experiences any kind of pain or discomfort. And remember, listen to your pet!
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