Pet Grooming

Rub-a Dub-Dub a puppy in a tub!

Grooming your pet will strengthen your bond.

Pet grooming is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly by pet owners.  If you begin when your puppy or kitten is young, they will learn that grooming is pleasant and totally self-indulgent.  They will bond more quickly with you because they equate grooming with their mother’s love.  Some aspects of grooming will be received with greater enthusiasm than others, namely the dreaded nail trimming, but be assured that your pet will benefit from all of these tasks.
 Hair Brushing  
Most dogs and cats enjoy being brushed.  Sessions will strengthen the bond with you and your pet while maintaining a healthy coat. A pet’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type. Choose the right equipment and follow these guidelines.

  • Long-haired pets usually require daily brushing to lessen matting and tangling of hair.
  • Medium-haired pets have a tendency towards matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly.
  • Short-haired pets can usually go up to a month in-between brushing.

Regardless of your pet’s hair type, you can brush them daily – especially if they enjoy it.  During shedding season more frequent brushing can help control hair build-up and excess shedding.   A good, leisurely brushing can bring you closer to your pet.

 Nail Trimming

Another basic pet grooming practice is nail trims.  These are often abhorred by dogs,cats and owners alike. Most dogs and cats don’t even like having their paws handled and if a nail is cut too short, they do not quickly forget. Pet owners are often uncomfortable with the process for fear of hurting their furry family member.  And this fear is easily communicated to your pet through your body’s energy.

Your pet will develop an aversion to nail trimming once they experience pain from it. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to trim nails correctly and exercise caution. Ideally, a vet tech, vet, or groomer should teach you the best techniques for trimming your pets nails. Most dogs need monthly nail trims while cats that have scratching posts or outside access will need less frequent trims.

Bathing

Bath time does not mean fun time to most dogs or cats or owners, but it is an essential aspect of grooming.  It may bring forth an image of a wet dog running from the tub, dripping all over the house. Or your favorite feline lashing out at you like some wild jungle cat.  Bathing does not have to be this chaotic if your pets can get used to it. He may not like the bath, but he’ll be easier to manage. Ask your groomer how to make the experience as pleasant  as you can for both you and your pet.

In a perfect world your pet should be bathed monthly, but bathing weekly is not considered harmful. Always use a shampoo that is developed for dogs or cats. Depending on your pet’s skin and coat, your veterinarian may recommend a shampoo to treat a specific condition. In this case, be sure to ask your veterinarian for directions to ensure the best outcome for your pet grooming efforts.