Grooming for the good of your pet!
Every pet owner knows what it’s like to struggle with a stinky pet. Even the cleanliest pet will eventually turn up from an adventure, inside the house or out, with a foul stench and some questionable pieces sticking to their fur. Once bath time is over, does that mean you’ve done your duty as a pet owner to keep your pet healthy?
Regular grooming is an important of animal care, not for looks but for the various mental and physical benefits that it provides your pet. In the wild, canine and feline species use grooming as a social tool and a way to positively interact with their pack or pride. Mothers often groom their young as a way of encouraging their digestive system and keeping them clean. Canines will often chew on natural objects which helps with oral care, while felines will use trees or other hard objects to sharpen their nails.
Since many house pets are solitary animals in a household, they rely on their owners to provide the positive benefits that regular grooming can provide. Don’t wait until your couch is covered in pet hair, be proactive and schedule a time and day of the week to groom your cat or dog. Keeping it short and sweet will keep it an enjoyable experience for both of you. There are many different brushes and pet care tools that are on the market, try several or ask your pet-loving friends which ones they have tried and would recommend so you can find one that your pet enjoys. Regular grooming will also help you find any lumps or injuries that may need veterinary attention.
Always make sure your cat has access to a scratching post so they are free to sharpen their claws (versus on the furniture!) If you feel uncomfortable clipping your dog’s nails, ask your veterinarian during your pet’s check-ups, or talk to a knowledgeable friend who could help you.
Lastly, some veterinarians recommend oral care as a part of your pet’s healthy home routine. To be sure if it is right for your pet, talk to your veterinarian and ask them to suggest products and technique that you can practice before you attempt it at home.
We have supported the OSPCA since 1951
We have supported OSPCA since our arrival in Canada in 1951. Keep up the greatest T.L.C. for animals.