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Posted on 08-23-2017

The dos and don’ts, as well as the benefits

Caring for your pet takes a lot more than just belly rubs, treats, and telling them they’re a good boy or girl. Most people don’t take into consideration the grooming aspect of having a furry friend, but making sure your pet’s fur is always looking healthy and beautiful is important. 

Why Should I Groom?

Training your dog or cat to be used to grooming at an early age is essential when it comes to grooming. Not only are there aesthetic benefits to brushing, trimming and shampooing, such as cleanliness and keeping their fur shining, there’s a physical health aspect. Brushing is an excellent way to remove dead skin, dirt, dandruff or even feces from your dog or cat’s fur. Not only does it act as a cleaning method, it spurs the production of natural oils, which nourish your pet’s skin. The brushing process is also the best time to check for fleas, ticks, infected skin, or issues with your pet’s nails, teeth, ears, and eyes. When it comes to dogs and cats with long, thick fur, trimming and brushing are absolutely necessary for the warmer months and for making sure no matting is occurring.

Nail trimming can be essential when you have a cat or a less-active dog. Most dogs won’t need a lot of nail trimming, since they file their nails down naturally by being outside. Cats, however, are mostly indoors and can grow quite long nails, which, as a lot of people know, can be the downfall of your furniture and carpet. Ensuring your pets nails are under control can save you and your home, and it can prevent infections from occurring. 

Hiring a Professional

Sometimes, it can be nerve-wracking to groom your own animal. Rescue dogs and cats can be particularly unpredictable when it comes time to cut their nails or give them a bath. With a professional groomer, you won’t have to worry about any of that.

At McClelland Small Animal Hospital, we have experienced staff members who are ready to take on any grooming needs you may have. Knowing that not all breeds are created equal is our specialty. Some short-haired dogs don’t require regular brushing or even much grooming, but we’re always happy to welcome any pet. We can make sure you know if you need to be doing more or if you are doing everything necessary. Make the call today to schedule your pet grooming services, and we’ll be happy to make your lovable dog or cat look their best. 

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