Pet Grooming tips for Your Pet
As a former Animal Health Technician, I know the importance of regular grooming for all your animals.
All animals need regular grooming. This includes more than simply brushing their coats but we will start with it. Brushing stimulates the oil glands in their skin and massages their muscles. Depending on the type of animal you have, regular brushing may be only once a week to an hour every day.
The type of brush/ comb you use also will depend upon the animal you have. There are many types of brushes and combs on the market and using the correct one will make the process more comfortable for your pet. If you are unsure about what type of tool to use, ask your local veterinarian, pet store or pet groomer.
For dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and other small animals, you usually will not need to trim nails more frequently than every two weeks. Horses and larger animals can usually go 6-8 weeks between trimming and I recommend you have a professional do the trimming and/or shoeing. Birds will need their beaks as well as their nails trimmed every month so two and many also need to have their wing feathers trimmed as well. Rabbits and rodents may need their teeth trimmed if you don’t supply them with objects to chew.
Dogs should have their anal glands checked when you do their nails. These are glands, one on each side of the anus. They can become full and these full glands are the usual cause for your dog scooting across your carpet in an attempt to express them. You can manually express them but it is a stinky process so wear gloves!
Giving your pet a bath should only be done when necessary. Bathing removes the natural oils that keep the skin healthy. If you do bathe your pet, make sure you use shampoos made for your pet. Many shampoos for humans are not safe for our animals.