Pet Deshedding Tools (cont.)

Using Deshedding Tools: 4 Quick Tips

Brush regularly: Regular brushing is one of the best ways to manage pet shedding, Bartges says, so schedule a little time to keep up on your pet's grooming.

How often should you brush? Short-haired cats and dogs benefit from weekly brushings, while most medium- or long-haired dogs may need grooming several times a week. All long-haired cats and some long-haired dogs, like Yorkshire terriers or Afghan hounds, do well with daily brushing.

How long should each brushing session last? Bird suggests stopping when you can't pinch out a tuft of hair.

Avoid brush burn: Your precious pooch and feline friend need gentle care. Don't press the bristles of any brush hard against your pet's tender skin or tug at knots or tangles. When grooming, be aware of -- and stay away from -- warts, moles, whiskers, and any lumps or bumps your pet may have.

Think about bathing your dog: Washing your pooch can be a helpful prelude to a serious grooming session, helping to soften the coat and offering maximum release of hair, Bird tells WebMD. Most experts don't recommend bathing your pooch too often (you risk drying out your dog's skin), or bathing your cat at all, unless kitty is extra dirty -- think grease, grime, or something sticky.

Calm the coat: For grooming sessions without a bath -- for cats and dogs -- try a coat spray that reduces static cling and softens the coat, suggests Bird; many leave-in conditioners will do the trick. "Just mist lightly and stroke in the misted area -- the more you mist and stroke the more the overcoat hairs let go, so that the fuzzy undercoat slips out."