It is of utmost importance that we practice regular grooming with our pets, so that we can help them be clean, healthy and energetic. Vets usually recommend a bath by a professional groomer once every 3-4 weeks and a haircut once every 7-8 weeks. However this can differ based on the breed of your furry friend, especially with dogs. It was always better to let a professional groomer clean your furry friend, as they are usually trained and skilled enough to make the experience as comfortable, hygienic and risk free for their clients. Considering the current situation, some pet parents would not be comfortable with visiting a pet clinic. If that is the case you can groom your pets at home. If you are not confident about this, you can still take them to a pet clinic, but make sure beforehand that they are following the guidelines and protocols.
If you decide to groom your pets at home, there are a few steps that have to be taken first. You need to ask an expert about the best way to do this for your fur-ball, so that you can make them as comfortable as possible. Make sure that the products being used are pet friendly; do not use brands for humans for your pet. This includes brushes and clippers.
It isn’t necessary for dogs to bath too often, as it could affect their fur however dogs are generally playful in nature and their antics can leave them in quite a messy state. So a doggo can be given a bath once a month, unless the occasion needs it. Set everything up before bringing your dog for the bath, inside our house or outside depending on what your pup is comfortable with. You need to make sure that your doggo feels comfortable, give them treats or praise them whenever they stay still so that they understand it. Make sure you use a dog based shampoo. Do not use a blow dryer if you doggo is not comfortable with it. Dogs usually dry themselves, but you can use a soft towel too. Doggos with skin problems require special care. Clipping should be done before bath time
Brush your pet regularly. Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats while distributing oils that help keep the skin and coat healthy. Some pets may need more brushing than others, especially those with long hair and double-coated pets that “blow coat,” or shed their undercoats seasonally. Regular brushing means there’s less hair to vacuum, fewer lint rollers needed for your wardrobe and less chance of stepping on a soggy hairball in your bare feet. Grooming techniques differ based on the breed and fur-coat. Be gentle with the brush. Your pet needs to know that they can relax. If your pet has a lot of matting, then it is better to seek the help of a professional groomer so that it is not a painful process for your pet.
3. Clipping and Trimming
It is very important to cut your pets’ nails regularly. Be careful of the cuticle while trimming. When you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the hardwood floor, it’s time for a trim. Pet pedicures are essential for keeping the nails at an appropriate length so pets can walk and run comfortable and without the risk of serious damage. Regularly clean the paws in order to remove anything stuck in between or dirt.
In addition to brushing, some dogs may need their hair trimmed from time to time. Your local veterinary clinic can advise and show you how to trim your dog’s hair safely or you may like to organise for the vet clinic or professional groomer to assist. Some professional groomers will work on your doggo’s hair in your house itself.
4. Regular Checkup
Your furry friend requires regular checkups not only for their overall health, eyes and ears but also the state of their fur coat. Pets can usually be vary of visiting the vet, so it very important to find a veterinarian that your pet is comfortable and friendly with. This is also necessary with a groomer.
Regular cleanup days can help keep your fur-ball energetic and help them shine as their fabulous selves.
That’s all folks! Until next time…