Pet grooming is essential to maintaining your pet’s health and well-being. Maintaining a regular grooming schedule appropriate to the breed of your dog or cat, including their coat type, will keep them in good condition, eliminate offensive odor, and prevent discomfort to your pet during and between grooming sessions. To ensure that grooming is not an uncomfortable experience for your pet, it is also important to use the appropriate grooming tools.
Most pets enjoy being brushed, and spending time grooming your dog or cat can strengthen the bond between you while maintaining your pet’s healthy coat. A pet’s minimum brushing needs depend on the breed. Choose appropriate tools and follow these guidelines.
Long-haired dogs and cats usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling.
Medium-haired dogs and cats may be prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly.
Short-haired dogs and cats might only need brushing monthly.
If your breed of dog or cat sheds excessively, or during shedding season, usually during the summer, brushing often will help keep shedding to a minimum and help keep your furniture free of unsightly fur.
Nail trimming can be a traumatic experience for dogs and cats, especially if they have experienced pain from having their nails clipped too short. It can also be uncomfortable for owners, who might have difficulty handling the process. Pets will develop an aversion to nail trimming once the experience has caused them pain or fear. If you choose to do it yourself, learn to trim nails correctly and exercise caution during the learning process. As an alternative to nail clippers, use a rotary tool. Nail clipping at your pet’s regular grooming appointment is usually sufficient to keep nails healthy and prevent discomfort or injury.
Fun is not the word that comes to mind for most pet owners when it comes to bathing their animals, especially large dogs. Most dogs and cats are not too keen on the process either. Bathing does not have to be a daunting experience, though, if you get your pet used to the idea from a puppy or kitten and schedule bathing on a regular basis. Make sure you have all the tools you need to be prepared in advance, so you won’t need to run off to get a towel, etc.
Most pets need monthly bathing. Use a soap-free shampoo specifically formulated for dogs and cats. Depending on your pet’s skin and coat condition, we may recommend a specific shampoo tailored to their needs.
If not cleaned on a regular basis, your pet’s ears can accumulate bacteria and yeast. Some dogs and cats go their whole life without developing ear disorders. In this case, the only ear cleaning needed is during bath time. Ask the veterinarian for advice on the correct method to do this without causing discomfort or trauma to your pet’s ears. Other dogs and cats have chronic ear disease and require multiple cleanings a day, and possibly medication.
Many ear problems are related to allergies. A foul odor emanating from the ears along with a build-up of debris can indicate the need for medical care. Specialty ear cleaning products and medications can be prescribed by our veterinarians to alleviate these problems.
Some dog and cat breeds need a cut every 2-4 weeks to keep them looking and feeling good, long-haired breeds in particular. This type of grooming is best done by a professional groomer.
Whatever your pet grooming needs, our facility and professional grooming services at Michigan Road Animal Hospital are second to none. Our professional and compassionate groomers look forward to meeting the grooming needs of you and your family pet. Contact us today to make a dog and grooming appointment with Sarah in Indianapolis!