If pets could speak, would they let you know when they need grooming? Dogs might need more assistance than cats, but both require maintenance for their hygiene checkup.
Today’s session shines a light on the importance and recommendations of pet grooming. How well do you know how to pamper your furry friend?
Proper grooming will have your pet looking and feeling its best. Scheduled grooming can also provide valuable insight into the health of your loved one. But how often pet grooming occurs depends on the breed, size, and coat type.
Good hygiene is for everyone, even your pet. But most dogs (in this case) do not require daily hygiene or grooming activities. It doesn’t mean you can neglect pet grooming but understanding the breed is a starting point for how often you should.
Several hygiene practices are non-negotiable, regardless of breed; nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning are part of the essentials.
Yes, some professionals can handle the duty of pet grooming, but as a parent, knowing a few tricks can be helpful for the in-between visits.
Daily brushing can remove flakes, dirt, or dandruff. Be gentle as you press down to the skin, intending to massage to stimulate blood circulation.
As you brush away, check for plant leftovers, such as mats that can form behind the ears and under the legs; are there any cuts and scrapes on the skin? If so, seek medical assistance from your veterinary.
Shedding is different for every pet. Some do more than others. Regardless, regular brushing should keep shedding under control.
Pin brushes have metal pins with rounded tips it distributes natural oils throughout the fur. The pins help loosen and remove debris from a pet's coat while providing a gentle massage for their skin. This brush is ideal for long-haired breeds such as Shih Tzus or Poodles.
Slicker brushes are the most commonly used dog grooming tool. They have short, fine-toothed metal bristles that help remove loose fur and dead skin from a pet's coat. This brush is suited for all types of coats. But medium to longhaired breeds such as Golden Retrievers or Labradors works best.
Dematting combs are tools for removing troublesome tangles and mats from your pet's fur. They have long, metal teeth spaced further apart than a slicker brush, which makes them better suited for thicker coats or excessively matted fur.
Rubber curry brushes are great for pets with short to medium-length coats. The rubber bristles help to stimulate the skin while pulling out dirt, dust, and other debris. They are particularly effective at removing shedding fur from breeds such as Beagles or Basset Hounds.
Time to soak for a fresh self. Your pet might fear bath time, but afterward, they will smell so good and be softer than minky fabric.
How often is often enough? Don’t get carried away with wanting your pet to be clean always.
There should be regular bath days but not too frequently because it removes the natural oils causing the coat to have a dry and harsh state.
As the day rolls in, gather the supplies to make this a memorable experience for your best bud and you. It should include a pet-friendly shampoo, a few towels, and a brush to help ease out any knots or tangles.
1. Choose the right shampoo: Using the wrong type can irritate your dog’s skin and cause further issues later. Consider your pup’s coat, age, and medical conditions before selecting the best shampoo.
2. Create a calming atmosphere: If your pet is anxious while getting bathed, it will make the entire experience much more difficult for both. Playing soft music and plenty of treats should keep them calm and comfortable.
3. A warm rinse to get the party started: Begin by wetting your pup’s fur down to its skin and then brush out any knots or excess hair, ridding off any dirt, debris, or bacteria in the coat before you use shampoo.
4. Apply the shampoo: It’s time for the bubbles. Work in a circular motion, and avoid the face and ears.
5. Rinse thoroughly: Wash the shampoo off your pup diligently without leaving any residue; to not irritate your pup’s skin.
6. Conditioner for pets: May not be applied to all, but if your pet requires an extra boost of moisturizer and smoothness, include a conditioner exclusively for them.
7. Dry off: Once you’ve finished rinsing, wrap them up in a towel and gently pat them dry. Don’t forget to get into the hard-to-reach places - behind their ears and between their toes.
As you might witness, your pet also grows nails. Good hygiene practices include trimming their nails every so often.
Disregarded nails will become long and interfere with your pet’s activities. Otherwise, nails grow and are easy targets for breaks, which can be an unpleasant experience for your best friend. Avoid going to the veterinarian’s office by cutting them down. Ask for help if you need to learn the proper technique.
This task might be overwhelming. Extra care and attention are required to properly get the job done and not harm your pet in the attempt. First, have special clippers ready; these aid in having safety guards to prevent cutting nails too short. Only clip away the “hook” part of the nail that turns down.
If your pet is a newly born, accustom them to nail trimming to make the procedure less hectic as they age. Otherwise, do a few nails to introduce the clipper and assure them it isn’t harmful.
A sensitive area but necessary to clean it once a month! Maybe more if it is prone to ear problems.
A damp cloth soaked in mineral oil solely for the outer part of the ear. Do not go any deeper into the ears. Some pets require to have hair plucked inside the ear for air circulation.
Ask a veterinarian for further assistance or guidance if you are unsure.
Another sensitive spot! No need for an external product. A wettish cotton ball will help clean discharge around the eyes.
There are tooth products for your pet; get toothpaste and a toothbrush! This task won’t be easy, but doing a little here and there will have your pet not grim at brushing its teeth.
If it's the first time, use your fingers to rub around their teeth, and allow them to smell and taste the toothpaste before brushing their teeth.
That is all! Although pet grooming can vary on the species, know that cleaning habits will aid in prolonging their life; it can enhance their health and beauty!
It does require a list of tasks to get the job done. But grooming at home is not only pleasing to your wallet but view it as a bonding experience with your best friend.
And remember that regular pet grooming can help prevent skin infections, parasites, and other medical issues.
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