Many people conjure up a notion of bows and brushes when thinking about the concept of pet grooming. It is a vital element to the overall well-being and health of your pet. Regular grooming allows any underlying conditions or disease to be caught early.
Pets are treated sooner and more efficiently. They are less likely to have a lasting effect on the pet. The grooming process is not something all pets enjoy. Some pet owners find it easier to use a professional groomer regularly. Begin when pets are young so they learn the grooming process is not something to dread.
Benefits of Grooming
Important benefits are derived from
- Ear care
- Eye care
- Teeth care
- Nail trimming
Brushing is only a part of grooming, but it is a huge part. Brushing regularly removes dead hairs, dandruff, and dirt from the pet. It cuts back on hairballs the cats and kittens ingest. It prevents matting and tangles that lead to infections and pain. Brushing stimulates natural oils in pet fur.
The oil spreads across the coat. It has gives a healthy and glossy sheen. While brushing a pet, you can examine the animal’s skin to identify issues such as dry and bald patches, fleas, and ticks. Abnormalities and swelling are easier to feel.
Ears are a concern of some breeds that are susceptible to parasites and infection. They should be odor-free and clean. Anything with an unpleasant smell, swollen, or red as well as, tick and mite infestation should be looked at by a vet as soon as possible.
Eye grooming does not involve grooming the eyeballs. They are protected by grooming around the eyes. Keep pets’ faces free from long hair that may irritate the eyes makes them more comfortable and prevents eyes problems. Long hair hanging the eyes can cause irritation and damage the cornea.
Teeth brushing is part of a regular grooming routine. It sometimes takes a while to get a pet accustomed to having its gums and teeth cared for, but it is worth the effort. Pets’ dental health can have an effect on their overall well-being. Cleaning their teeth helps keep them well between veterinary check-ups.
Bathing for most pets is necessary only when they seem itchy of dirty. Some people like to have pets bathed monthly. Once per week, is not harmful. Groomers use a soap-free shampoo intended for pets. The specific shampoos may depend on the condition of the pet’s coat and skin.
Nail trimming needs to be done frequently to pets that have extremely sharp nails to avoid serious injury. It reduces the risk of injury, getting caught in upholstery or carpets, and the chance of in-grown nails. Trimming also eases joint pain such as arthritis.
Pet Grooming at Home
Set time aside daily for a grooming session. It should be part of a daily routine. Choose a time when the pet is settled and relaxed instead of in the mood to play. Give lots of praise and sprinkle in a few treats to make the time a special occasion rather than a stressful situation.
Puppies, kittens, and other young pets should be handled and groomed from an early age. It pas off when the pets visit a professional groomer. Just as the pets should be settled and relaxed, it is important for you to also be stress-free and relaxed.
Don’t groom the pets when you’ve had a bad day, are short-tempered, or irritable. Blow away the cobwebs by taking an invigorating walk, then conduct the grooming session. Gather the tools needed so they are close at hand. Keeping them in a bag or box prevents mislaying anything and keeps the tools in one spot.
Different brushes are used on different coats. Be sure to use the appropriate brush for you pet’s coat. Grooming is more than making a pet look and smell good. It is important to the pet’s well-being. Before starting a session, check for bumps and lumps, grazes and cuts, or skin problems. Also, check for ticks and fleas, dirty ears, condition of the eyes, blocked anal glands, and general overall conditions. Check claws every week. Hairy feet sometimes hide long claws.
Pet Grooming Prices
Pet owners often wonder how much it would cost to get their pets groomed professionally. There is a predictable range that depends on the add-on services, the size of the pet, and the location. Standard grooming typically includes a bath, ear cleaning, and nail trim.
The price for puppies is the cheapest. It averages around $20. Small breed dogs, such as dachshunds, that have short, fine coats cost about $30. Dog breeds such as small bichon frises, that have thick, long hair run about $40 to $50. The cost for grooming medium-sized dogs averages between $50 to $70.
Giant dogs, such as Great Danes, typically cost the most. Fees average around $120 to $130. Grooming and bathing cats has an average cost between $40 to $50. The price depends on the coat type and if fur needs to be trimmed. The price for kitten grooming is about half the cost of an adult cat.
Many groomers offer add-on services. They include:
- Treatments to reduce shedding
- De-matting hair
- Brushing out the undercoat
- Painting nails
- Topical flea treatment
- Deep coat conditioning treatment
Each add-on usually costs from $10 to $20. The price may be higher depending on the pet’s size and coat. Pet grooming prices vary based on locality. Larger city groomers tend to charge more than those serving rural locales. There are mobile pet groomers who typically charge a little more.
Many pet owners gladly pay the price in exchange for the convenience. Regular grooming makes pets more comfortable and protects families from parasites that hitch a ride on an overgrown coat. Most people feel the service is worth the investment.
Dealing with Allergies
It is a difficult challenge for pet lovers who have allergies. They have to decide if they are willing to put up with the itching and sneezing rather than get rid of the family pet. There are steps people can take to minimize the agony. They include:
- Pet diet
- Washing hands often
- Creating a pet-free area
- Taking care of carpet
- Finding an allergist
- Pet grooming
Brushing and bathing pets significantly reduces allergies. The groomer should not be the person who is allergic to the pets. Bathing should not be done more than one time per week. It will dry the pets’ skin and cause more problems. Regular trips to a groomer are the best bet.
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