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September Best Content Runner-Up | Methods Of Controlling Out-Of Control Shedding

October 12, 2017

Congratulations to Julie A. for her article helping pet owners deal with the ever-annoying issue of shedding. Read her article and its analysis below.

Keep Your Hair On: Methods Of Controlling Out-Of Control Shedding Before It Drives You Crazy: Now that fall has arrived, your dog or cat starts developing a thicker coat, shedding hair from a less dense summer growth. This coat helps provide some insulation against cooler weather, but it can be exasperating for pet owners who soon find their homes coated in hair. Instead of losing your mind with frustration when your black slacks are yet again covered with fine hairs before you need to meet with an important client, consider some of the following methods for keeping shedding under control. 1. Don't give up on grooming. Many people tend to throw up their hands in defeat after brushing clumps of hair away, but don't throw in the towel! Regular (even daily) brushing removes a lot of the loose hair, so less of it ends up on your couch, on your bed, or all over your clothes. To make daily brushing easier, invest in a de-shedding brush or even some gloves that grab up hair as you brush. Grooming keeps your pet's coat healthier too, which also helps cut back on hair loss. Look at gloves from companies like Hands On Gloves to see if this would make your life easier. 2. Provide quality food. Many dogs and cats are fed cheap food that has a high grain and carbohydrate level and not as much protein from meat sources. Dogs are able to process varied diets quite well, but they thrive best on food that has high-quality protein and nutrients from vegetables. The extra cost of the food will mean less shedding headaches for you. Your dog's coat will be shinier and retain its thickness better, instead of spreading it all over the home. Cats are similar, but they are full-on carnivores. Cat food often has soy or grain fillers which keep you cat full, but the food does not support your cat in being as healthy as possible. Raw, fresh meat is best for cats, but canned meat or dry foods that have a high meat content are also adequate. 3. Stay on top of vaccines and flea treatments. Many pet owners forget about shots and treatments past the puppy or kitten stage, but they are essential throughout the life of a pet. Dogs and cats will shed more when sick, and their skin and coat will not be as healthy when it is full of fleas. Fleas also cause itchiness, which means your dog or cat will remove more hair as they scratch to find relief. Flea treatments may come in medication form a pill you give your pet, or it might be administered by the vet. 4. Give baths. Bathing during the winter is not ideal because it removes some of the skin oils that help to keep your dog's skin from drying out; winter weather is much drier and dogs can often become itchy and uncomfortable as their skin gets irritated. However, summer bathing helps to remove unwanted hair during the summer months, and if you use gentle soaps and moisturizing oatmeal washes, your dog's shedding will be better controlled, even through the fall. Cats are harder to bathe. It's rare that a cat will tolerate a bath, especially because they are very attentive to personal grooming. Instead of bathing, just make sure you are taking time each day to brush your cat, even in summer. 5. Stay on top of hair removal. Hair can get caught in the fibers of clothes and upholstery. Run your vacuum over the couch each day, and brush your clothes with a roller frequently. Simply allowing the hair to sit is what makes it more challenging to remove later. It's better to be proactive instead if reactive when it comes to removing pet hair. For more information on shedding tools, visit a local pet supply store.

Assignment

Vertical: Stores & Supplies

Keyword: animal gloves for deshedding

Analysis

Authority:

The information provided really makes it feel like the writer is writing from experience. And whether or not the writer has actually dealt with pet shedding ultimately doesn’t matter because the article certainly seems to be written by an authority on the subject. That’s what we like to see. All in all, the article addresses a specific audience and delivers great detail in its 5 sections.

Readability:

An article about pets will hopefully read pretty conversational, and this article is no different. It feels like you could be talking to your friend about how to deal with shedding. That makes the information accessible and useful. Also, each section maintains a clear and singular focus, which makes it easy to scan and follow.

Organization:

You need to create parallel headings for all articles. It doesn’t matter whether they’re full sentences, like in this article, short phrases, or single words. Parallel headings enhance readability and show you care about organization. Plus, it’s the simplest thing to do! In this case, the article starts with perhaps the most simple way to control shedding and transitions to other important steps pet owners can take. Ultimately, there isn’t anything spectacular about the organization of the article, but organization doesn’t need to be spectacular. It needs to work, and this does.

Grammar:

Excellent.

Use Value:

This article includes so much information that’s helpful specifically to the chosen audience. And that’s what matters in the end. All of the sections include detailed points that clearly support the controlling idea. When you have that, you have a valuable article people actually want to read and can trust.

Ideation:

The most basic ideation you could have for this keyword and vertical is probably explaining why grooming is important. Instead, the article focuses on a number of steps pet owners can take to control shedding. That may not be the absolute most original take, but because the article takes it on so well, the audience still gets a useful article with information they may not have been previously familiar with.

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