Favorite Vacuums For Pets

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Question: What are your favorites vacuums for pets?

Hi! What can you suggest for best pet vacuums to rely on, whether professionally or personally?


A high-quality, powerful vacuum is an absolute must if you live with pets who shed significant amounts of hair. Look for vacuums that have a HEPA filter, particularly if you suffer from allergies. Pet hair has a way of getting everywhere, so attachments that let you easily clean upholstery, stairs, baseboards, under furniture, and in crevices are very helpful. If your pets (or any people in your home) have long hair, look for a vacuum with a self-cleaning brush roll. I’m currently using the Shark Apex Upright Vacuum that has a self-cleaning brush roll and haven’t had to cut away tangles of hair since I’ve had it. A large dry mop is a great tool for quickly removing hair from hard floors. Simply push all the pet hair into a corner and use the detachable hose on a vacuum to suck it up. Avoid using brooms since they can push a lot of hair and dander into the air.

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If you have any specific health concerns related to your pet, please be sure to take the pet to your vet or an emergency vet, or if you have concerns related to something your pet may have eaten another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

Dr. Jennifer Coates
Dr. Jennifer Coates was valedictorian of her graduating class at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced in Virginia, Wyoming, and Colorado. She is also the author of numerous articles and books including the Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian.