Basic Pet Grooming 101

No matter what kind of pet you have some sort of grooming is required. From poodles to Abyssinian’s, every animal needs grooming care to maintain health and happiness. The most basic of pet grooming starts with a simple wash followed by a brushing. More advanced steps yet equally necessary in many cases, include nail trimming and coat clipping.

A basic dog or cat bath helps to eliminate excess dirt and oil that can build up on an animal’s coat. Some animals tolerate a bath better than others but always pay attention to any warning signs of distress and stop and try again later if necessary. Always be sure to use animal appropriate shampoos and conditioners when bathing your animal to avoid skin irritation.

Brushing or combing your pet’s coat is essential to preventing mats and tangles. Brushing removes excess hair and fur and allows the skin underneath to breathe. When purchasing a brush or comb for your pet pay close attention to what style or size will be most appropriate for your pet.

Nail trimming is one of the most challenging aspects of basic pet grooming, and by paying proper attention to details and using the right tools it can be done correctly. If nail clipping intimidates you or your animal does not tolerate your handling of its paws, any veterinarian groomer can perform nail trimming for you. Animal groomers may also be able to help you with hair clipping as most breeds of animals have specific styles or cuts that best accommodate their body shape.

While some aspects of pet grooming can be daunting, the most basic maintenance is simple and can be very enjoyable for pet and owner. As you grow more comfortable bathing and brushing your animal you may be able to attempt more difficult tasks later on.

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