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Pet grooming involves a number of different things. One of the most important is brushing. Brushing your pet regularly helps to remove dead hair and skin from their coat and it also spreads out the natural oils. Regular brushing can also reduce your pet’s odour. There are several different types of brushes and combs that can be used on your pet depending on their grooming requirements. Checking and cleaning your pet’s ears regularly is also an important part of grooming. This is because your pet’s ears can be a prime spot for infections. Grooming can also include checking and cleaning your pet’s teeth. You might think that brushing your pet’s teeth is an odd thing to do but it can prevent periodontal disease which can cause tooth loss or gum infections. If you can’t bring yourself to brush – or your pet won’t let you – use one of the many dental products available on the market such as dental chews. Animals’ eyes are very sensitive but they still need to be a part of the grooming process. Gently wipe them with warm water, and trim away any fur that may be falling into the eyes. If your pet gets tear stains around the eyes, there are products that can help. Of course, you cannot forget the most essential part of the grooming process – the bath! Use warm water or a hydrobath to bathe your pet and always use shampoos and conditioners that have been specifically designed for animals as human products can irritate your pet’s sensitive skin. You can use flea rinses or products as necessary (try and use products that are as natural as possible). Make sure your pet is thoroughly rinsed and then dry them using a towel, a chamois or a hairdryer. Remember to brush your pet afterwards. In some cases, your pets will have a coat that is full of mats and tangles, despite your best efforts, or that will simply be too long and thick for the weather. In this situation, a clip may be required. It is best to have a professional do this as clipping can be distressing and your pet’s skin is very delicate and easy to cut. You can have a simple clip done but there are more “Designer” type clips available if you are looking for something special.


Why is pet grooming an important to health?

Pet grooming is a way of improving your pet’s health and level of comfort. This is done by performing certain tasks to maintain their hygiene. Just like humans, pet are healthier when they are well groomed.  Well groomed dogs will not suffer painful mats in their fur, or develop that distinct doggy smell that many people dislike. However, regular grooming will prevent many more problems than those mentioned from occurring. Of course, pet grooming can be used for style as well as health! There is nothing wrong with having a beautiful smelling pet with a gorgeous new haircut or bow at the end of the process.


Why is regular brushing between visits important?

Regular brushing not only helps to keep your pups coat free of mats and therefore more comfortable but ti also allows increased familiarity with your pet’s body, so that any problems are picked up sooner and able to be rectified before they become a serious issue.
It also promotes bonding with you pet and saves you money by not having to pay for extra services such as dematting. A clean pet is a happy and healthy pet and clean pets also make for happy owners. After all, what is better than snuggling into your pet’s coat for a good cuddle? To keep your pet looking and feeling its best, regular grooming is essential. One of the most important is brushing. Brushing your pet regularly helps to remove dead hair and skin from their coat and it also spreads out the natural oils. Regular brushing can also reduce your pet’s odour. There are several different types of brushes and combs that can be used on your pet depending on their grooming requirements.
Get you pup familiar with their feet being handled by rubbing and stroking their feet. This will help to desensitize the feet and aid in having their nails cut and feet groomed.


Nails

. It is important to regularly trim nails on both dogs and cats – dogs because long nails can place stress on the foot which leads to problems, and because sharp nails hurt the owner, particulary if elderly and susceptible to skin tearing. It can also damage furniture. Never trim nails too short, and be sure to use a nail clipper specially designed for pets, or bring them in to us.



Eyes

Animals’ eyes are very sensitive but they still need to be a part of the grooming process. Gently wipe them with warm water, and trim away any fur that may be falling into the eyes. If your pet gets tear stains around the eyes, there are products that can help.



Bathing your dog

Use warm water or a hydrobath to bathe your pet and always use shampoos and conditioners that have been specifically designed for animals as human products can irritate your pet’s sensitive skin. You can use flea rinses or products as necessary (try and use products that are as natural as possible). Make sure your pet is thoroughly rinsed and then dry them using a towel, a chamois or a hairdryer. Remember to brush your pet afterwards. Did you know your dog experiences temperature differently than humans?