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Grooming Your Pet

Grooming is an important part of keeping your dog or cat healthy, helping you attain and maintain a healthy nice looking coat for your pet. Grooming involves brushing and combing, shampooing and conditioning, trimming, and keeping ears clean.

Grooming your petRegularly brushing and combing a dog helps remove loose hair and debris, leaving the coat feeling healthy and clean. It also stimulates blood supply to the skin, strengthening the skin cells and supplementing oils and colour to the skin and coat, leaving a shiny, healthy coat and skin. Routine grooming helps to prevent knots and mats, which may leave your pet more prone to infections and skin problems. If knots and mats are too difficult to remove or becoming more prevalent, call your professional groomer.

It’s important to start a grooming routine as soon as possible. Puppies and kittens usually learn a grooming routine quickly, so it’s best to start when they’re young. However, it’s never too late to start a routine either. With time and patience, your pet can become accustomed, and even enjoy, their grooming session. Start with short grooming times, and give your pet plenty of praise. Food treats or toys as a reward will also help when the grooming session is over.

Grooming shouldn’t be postponed or neglected. Without grooming, your dog or cat may end up with matting, odours, debris, and pests. Don’t forget that you can always take your pet to a professional groomer, where they have the skill and know-how for getting your pet to look and feel their best!

Pet Grooming Tips

  • Brush and comb your pet regularly (one - three times a week).

  • Get your pet used to grooming as young as possible. 

  • Use a specific dog or cat shampoo for bathing your pet to avoid skin irritation.

  • Never bathe a pet with mats or knots!

  • Keep your pets’ nails trimmed.

  • Check your pet’s ear for odors or debris, and consult your vet if you find any.

  • Teach your pet to accept grooming, just like you would train him to sit and stay.

  • Make grooming a positive experience to prevent bad behaviour such as biting.

  • Don’t go longer than three months between grooming; yearly grooming is unfair to your pet.

With a little effort, you can make grooming a routine with your pet that you both look forward to!