Grooming has many benefits to both the pet and its owner. It can keep your home clean by reducing hair in carpets and furniture. Grooming also provides an opportunity for bonding with your pet so that they do not feel neglected or abandoned when left alone at home all day long while you are at work. Be sure to implement these easy steps to groom your pet properly.
Brushing is an integral part of grooming. It helps spread the natural oils in the pet’s coat and removes dead hair, dirt, and bacteria accumulated on their skin, which can cause irritation or infection.
There are different types of brushes available for all kinds of coats. Brushes with soft bristles are ideal for pets with fine, medium-length coats, while wire-pin brushes are perfect for pets with thick or long coats.
Giving Them A Bath
Bath your pet about once every 1-2 months. It is best to bathe pets with short or fine coats more frequently during the summer months because they are more likely to get dirty and retain odor.
Once you decide to bathe your pet, be sure to shampoo and condition their coat for it to feel soft and look shiny afterward. Once you have shampooed your pet’s coat, rinse them thoroughly, and then apply a conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing it out completely. Conditioners leave the coat feeling soft and give it a healthy shine. Be sure to have plenty of towels on hand to dry them off completely after you rinse them off from their bath.
Trimming The Nails
A variety of products such as scissors, clippers, and razors are available to help you trim your pet’s nails. You can cut them yourself or take them to a groomer for this service.
If you decide to do it at home, be careful not to cut too far down below the nail’s quick because cutting into the quick can cause bleeding during and after the process. After cutting, your dog may need a bandage to stop the bleeding if you have gone into the quick.
Clipping or filing your pet’s claws is also an option that will prevent scratching furniture around your home when they jump up on surfaces with their claws out. This method is often used when cats start scratching furniture around the house while their owners are away.
Brushing Their Teeth
You can brush your pet’s teeth with toothpaste made specifically for pets. While brushing their teeth, take this time to inspect them for any damage or abnormalities that you might not have noticed before. The best way to do this is by looking closely at their gums; healthy gums should be pink and free of sores, bumps, or bleeding spots.
Another sign of oral problems is bad breath caused by plaque buildup on the gums and teeth. If you notice anything unusual about their teeth or gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
Pets can benefit from massage in the same way humans do. Regularly massaging your pet is a great way to strengthen and deepen your bond with them and has many other benefits such as:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Lessens the effects of aging
- Reduces pain or swelling
- Help pets relax
- Improves blood circulation
- Increases joint flexibility
- Allows owners to examine their pet’s body more closely for any abnormalities
- Encourages better sleep patterns in pets
If you want to massage your dog, use long, gentle strokes along their back while avoiding areas around the spine. Turn them on their backs, so you have access to massage their chest and belly before ending on top of their head and ears.
For cats, use gentle strokes along their cheeks, around the face, and down their spine to help them relax. For areas that are more difficult for you to access, such as the stomach or tail, make your pet comfortable with being picked up first before attempting to massage them.
If your pet does not like being groomed or needs extra care, try different products or techniques until you find what works best for them! Pets are very resilient creatures, so it may take a few tries to see what works best for them. Do not feel discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t go well! Being patient with your pet will help you bond further, which is the most important part of grooming!