A Guide to At-Home Pet Grooming

By September 10, 2012Uncategorized

Your Top Questions Answered!

Greenbrae pet grooming tips provided by veterinary clinicAt-home pet grooming is a wonderful way to bond with your pet while keeping his coat healthy and shiny. If your dog or cat receives professional Greenbrae pet grooming services, then at-home touch-ups are also an easy way to keep his coat looking great.

If you are new to grooming your pet at-home, it’s natural to have questions about the best way to bathe or brush your pet. Our animal hospital’s professional veterinary groomer is here to help! Here are answers your top three most frequently asked grooming questions.

Greenbrae Veterinarian Answers Pet Grooming Questions

My dog is short-haired; how often should I brush his coat?

Dogs naturally gather dirt, pollen and other irritants in their fur. If your dog is short-haired, like a Beagle or Chihuahua, a weekly brushing or combing session is the best way to remove these irritants. Start by using a soft bristle brush to loosen dead skin and dirt. Next, use a stiffer brush to remove dead hair and reduce shedding. Finish by rubbing a soft cloth over your pet’s body, which will give his coat a nice sheen.

My cat is prone to matted fur; how can I prevent this?

Regular combing and brushing can help prevent tangled or matted fur on longhaired cats. If your cat has mild tangles, use a slicker-style brush to gently remove these. Next, use a bristle style brush to remove any dead hair. If your cat spends a lot of time playing outside or on the patio, then regular baths can also help remove irritants and dirt from your pet’s hair. For severely matted fur, we recommend taking your cat to a professional groomer at an animal hospital for assistance.

How can I help my anxious dog relax during bath time?

Many dogs squirm or become anxious during bath time, especially puppies who are not used to being bathed. Speak to your dog in a calm, reassuring voice. Gently massaging your pet’s skin can help him relax. After the bath, reward your pet with a treat.

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