Tips on How to Groom Your Pet in 2022

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Most of us will never be able to get the artworks that professionals make every day. However, by keeping up with basic at-home grooming chores, you’ll not only avoid any discomfort to your dog, but you’ll also help your professional groomer work overtime just to get your pup back to pre-pandemic condition when the salons resume to open.

Brush your pet

Regular brushing of your pet will help keep their coat in good condition by removing dirt, distributing natural oils, preventing tangles or buffing, and keeping their skin clean and free of irritation. Brittle hair can go from a mild skin irritation to quickly develop wound infection and reduced blood flow. Brushing also gives you a great opportunity to check for fleas and ticks and to ensure your pet is not harboring any unwanted parasites that can transmit disease.

Wash your pet

Your little one should be bathed at least every three months – more often for people who spend a lot of time outdoors or suffer from certain skin conditions. Talk to your veterinarian about what’s best for your dog or cat.
1. Start by filling a large basin or basin 3-4 inches with lukewarm water.
2. Wet your pet thoroughly with water from a spray hose or unbreakable cup. Be careful not to spray directly into their eyes, ears or nose.
3. Gently massage into a pet shampoo.
4. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Try gently wiping your face, ears, and nose with a damp washcloth.
5. Long haired breeds may require the use of a pet conditioner. If yes, follow the Shampoo + Conditioner + Conditioner step.

Cut their nails

A good sign that your pet’s nails need clipping is if you hear a click on the floor as they walk. If their nails click or get stuck on the ground, trim them.2 If you hesitate, ask your veterinarian or groomer to show you how to trim your pet’s nails.
1. Start by buying a pair of nail clippers for a dog or cat. There are two types of styles – scissor type and guillotine type. Choose the type that suits you best.
2. For cats and particularly wobbly dogs, try wrapping them in a towel and sitting comfortably on your lap when they are fully grown. Pull other pets close to your body and firmly grasp their paws. Cut the tip of the nail at a slight angle from top to bottom.
3. Repeat to shrink a little more, but stop just above the rapid flow of blood that extends to the nail.2,3
4. If you accidentally cut the wound and start bleeding, immediately blot the wound with a clean cloth or paper towel. Next, put some antiseptic powder or cornstarch in your palm and gently dip the bleeding nail into the disinfectant powder. Allow it to clot and stop the bleeding. If the nail continues to bleed, contact your veterinarian

Brush teeth

Brushing your teeth regularly can help prevent tartar, gingivitis, receding gums, tooth loss, or other oral health problems. In fact, good oral care can help in the early detection of many other diseases as well. Persistent bad breath — along with “halitosis” — could be a sign your pet has digestive problems or a gum problem and should be checked out by your pet’s veterinarian.
1. Get your pet used to brushing their teeth by gently massaging their lips with your finger in a circular motion. Repeat this until you feel comfortable.
2. Use a vet-recommended toothbrush and toothpaste (they have softer bristles and don’t irritate their sensitive stomachs like their human counterparts).
3. Brush at a 45 degree angle in small circular motions.
4. Repeat 2-3 times a week or as directed by your veterinarian.

Use these grooming tips around your home to keep your furry friend looking and feeling their best. And don’t forget, the treatment is always recommended at the end.

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