Grooming your pet is an important routine that should be maintained regularly. Pet grooming should be more than just brushing and washing, it should include cleaning teeth, checking ears and clipping nails. When we neglect to groom our pets, there can be a range of issues that can arise and if not dealt with swiftly can lead to more serious problems. Some of these issues can include; overgrown nails, matting, grass seeds, fleas and ticks, dental diseases. All of these problems can become sever within a matter of months if not properly treated and could cause a lot of harm to your pet.
On the other hand, if your grooming routine is constant and properly done, there are numerous benefits for both you and your pet. These include:
- Your pet will smell and look nice, meaning that they are more inviting to people therefore allowing them to be more social.
- Reduces the risk of infections and protecting your pet from diseases. Regular grooming is a great time to check for any problem signs. For example when you are brushing your pet you can feel for any lumps or bumps and cleaning their teeth is a good opportunity to check for sore or bleeding gums and bad breadth.
- Continuous grooming from a young age will allow for less stressful vet checks as they will be used to being handled and touched around the face and legs
- Great bonding time for you and your pet and it allows them to become more sociable
- Keeps their coat healthy as well as freeing up the natural oils that rejuvenate the skin and keep it clear of rashes and dryness
Here are some of the tools you may need when grooming your pet:
- Comb – depending on the thickness of your pets coat (fine- tooth comb for thin hair and a wide- tooth comb for thick hair). A flea comb may also be needed at some points
- Pet specific shampoo and conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste made for your pet
- Pet toe nail clippers (this may need to be done by a groomer if you’re are not overly confident)
- Round tipped scissors – these are useful for removing small amounts of fur from around the eyes, tail, and mouth.
- Clippers – if your pet needs a haircut clippers are your best option. Remember to leave a bit of fur as most dogs and cats use their hair as a natural temperature gauge.
Depending on your pet, brushing them should be done at least once a week with other grooming to be done when needed. Brushing your pet’s teeth can be done as often as you want and your pet feels comfortable with nail clipping done less regularly. The most important thing to remember is to keep up a routine and always reward your pet when they are being groomed so they associate grooming with a positive experience.
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