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Grooming – Healthy tips to keep in mind

Why is grooming important?

Grooming is not just about keeping your pet beautiful; it goes a long way in preventing adverse skin conditions. It helps you to spot any pests that could pose a potential health risk for your pet.

Try to brush your cat and dog thoroughly several times a week (at least twice). This will help manage shedding and prevent the formation of hairballs and painful knots. We know from our own human experience that this is extremely painful for your pet. Hairballs can cause intense stomach aches or worse, intestinal blockage if ingested by your pet.

What about bathing and brushing?

Regular bathing is a great health benefit too, as it removes dirt, soothes irritated skin, prevents micro-organism overgrowth and unpleasant odours (peeuw!). Keeping your pet’s coat in check helps them to regulate their body temperature, like mother nature’s built-in air conditioning!

Some animals and breeds will require more brushing and bathing to keep their skin and coats healthy (think Persians and pekingese here). Be careful not to bath and brush in excess, as this removes too much natural skin oils (natural pet conditioner) and causes dry and irritated skin. If you’re unsure, ask your local veterinarian how often you should bath or brush your pet and which product he or she recommends.

Trimming your pets’ nails is equally important. If you are not sure how to do this, ask your vet for help and a demonstration. Don’t risk it yourself at first because it is a delicate process, especially if your pet has dark nails. If nails are clipped incorrectly, it could cause bleeding and infection. Having a nail clipped incorrectly is also very painful for your pet.

Teeth cleaning

Brush your dog’s teeth as often as possible to prevent plaque build-up and stinky breath. Special brushes and products are available, so DO NOT use toothpaste intended for human use! It helps to start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are very young so they get used to the routine. Again, ask your vet if you need help with this.

For the folks that can’t find the time to groom their pets regularly, there are plenty of fabulous grooming parlours out there – some of them offer mobile grooming services, right on your own doorstep. Just look up your local community directory or ask your vet for a referral.

Keep your pets clean, healthy and gorgeous!

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