Regular grooming is important for your pet’s health and wellbeing, as well as their appearance. An untended coat can become long, matted, and uncomfortable for your pet. Grooming helps rid the coat of shed hair and dead skin while spreading natural oils. Clipping ensures the maintenance of a comfortable coat length to match the seasons. Make grooming a regular part of your pet’s healthcare.
Why do I need to brush my pet?
Dead hair from the coat must be removed regularly. If not done routinely. your pet may start licking their coat to remove the dead hair. This can cause fur balls in the stomach.
Most dogs and cats love being brushed. It can be one of the most rewarding moments of friendship with your pet.
When to start grooming
Start grooming your pet as a puppy or kitten. Pick times when they are tired and less energetic. Limit your grooming sessions to five minutes, as young pets have short attention spans. Talk in a reassuring manner and check ears, teeth, paws, and nails. Over time, your pet will become used to the grooming ritual and enjoy being handled and inspected.
How to groom
Your pet’s coat will need a combination of clipping, combing, brushing, and bathing depending on their breed.
Comb and brush in the direction of hair growth until tangle free. Various types of combs and brushes are available for different coats and degree of matting.
Bathing can be done in a bath or tub at home or in a hydrobath. Use a recommended shampoo suitable for your pet’s skin and coat type.
Clipping may involve removing excess coat all over or the removal of mats and tangles from problem areas. This is not always easy to do. Some dogs and cats are so difficult they may require sedation under supervision. It is often best left to an experienced pet groomer who understands the needs of your pet. Professional groomers have the correct equipment to minimise the risk of cuts and deliver the best possible service.
Skin health is observed during clipping, combing, brushing, and bathing. Knowing what is normal for your pet is important. Changes like skin redness, scale, and lumps should always be reported to your vet when identified.
Checking the mouth, teeth and gums is also an essential part of the grooming process. Any abnormalities should be investigated and discussed with your pet care team.
Contact your local Greencross Vets today to find out about hydrobaths and grooming services.