Pet Grooming Basics from Bathing to Brushing

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dog groomingOwning a pet comes with great grooming and responsibility and is an important element of caring for one’s pet. Grooming most effective practices vary widely across breeds. Grooming may be a do it yourself endeavor, make sure you have the right equipment, or you could leave grooming to the professionals. Below are some grooming basics to try and keep in mind.

1. Bathing

The ASPCA advices that one bathes their pet at least once every three months. But, if your pet is more outdoors frequently, one may require to bathe their pet more frequently. Many pets are scared of loud noises, thus introduce the very noisy hair dryer early on!

The initial step to giving ones pet a healthy bath is selecting the right tools. Conditioners and shampoos should be quite gentle in nature. Note: A good shampoo can be found on Amazon:

It’s a good idea to test them on a pet first (before purchasing a lifetime supply) so as to make sure your pet doesn’t experience allergic reactions. Your local pet or vet store may be able also to recommend better types for your pet.

Finally, don’t forget cleaning the pet’s ears. It’s one of the few finishing touches of grooming.

2. Brushing

Brushing your pets prior to bathing them is recommended to get rid of any dead tangles or hair. If you do not know how to get rid of dead or tangled hairs properly choose the correct type of comb based on the pet’s coat.

Three common brushes are:

  • Bristle Brush – Universal style brush which can be used on all coat types.
  • Wire Pin Brush – Effective for medium to long breeds.
  • Sticker Brush – tool for getting easily through tangles and mats.

A note on shedding: Dealing with this can be time-consuming and frustrating. However, many more effective remedies are now available such as the anti-shedding blades, de-shedding shampoos, vacuums and nutritional supplements. Any local pet store or vet’s office will gladly offer many options as well as online ordering can be a lower cost option.

Note: Heaving shedding is common for some breeds.

3. Clipping Nails

Clipping a pet’s nails is a vital aspect of any grooming process; using equipment such as clippers, scissors and grinders vary upon the size and breed of your pet. Tutorials online on these topics are abundant and may be a great teaching for first-timers. Often the most difficult challenge with clipping a pet’s nails is having your pet sit still. If one’s pet is young, it’s a good idea to have it get used to nail clipping early. With larger pets however, it may be wiser to enlist the assistance of another person.

4. Brushing Teeth

Clean teeth are an important part of a pet’s grooming routine. Pet nutrition could run the gamut entirely from being something which merely sustains any pet’s life to foods which can actually help maintain certain health deficiencies. Work with any veterinarian to strive highly for the optimal amount of nutrients for your pet’s individual needs. So how does one know what to actually feed that important family member? It’s best to begin with the basics.