Many pet owners opt to rely on professional grooming services to handle all aspects of pet coat maintenance and care. While professional groomers offer a great range of services, pet owners should take care of a few pet grooming chores between visits to maintain optimum health and comfort. But what should a pet owner tackle, and what’s best left to the pros?
Some pet owners swear by handling all pet grooming themselves. Bravo to them, but it’s often the case that they’re missing some very important pet hygiene details.How do you know you’re missing something? Look for telltale signs: dogs dragging their behinds on carpet, flaky skin, knotted coats, continual ear-scratching, brown stains around eyes, crooked nails/claws or abnormal smells. These conditions generally require professional consultation to determine the cause and best route of care.
For overall pet coat trimming, it’s often a great idea to use a professional groomer. They’ll be able to handle the procedure quickly and with minimal distress to your pet.However, it may be necessary to handle occasional snips and trims at home. Check the coat at joints and between pads of paws. If there is matting or knotted fur, snip the knots out. If pet hair is getting in the way of eating or -ahemother biological functions, you may need to carefully trim hair in those areas.
Occasionally, you have to break out the suds and scrub-a-dub your pets when they get dirty. It’s essential to find a pet soap or shampoo that is best suited to your pet’s unique skin and coat needs. Some pet owners avoid giving cats baths. In spite of most cat’s great self-grooming, it is sometimes helpful to give them a hand. Getting a cat wet requires special care and attention—proceed carefully!

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Exotic pets often have very unique bathing needs, and it’s best to research those thoroughly. However, it’s a simple procedure for most cats and dogs. Placing a mat or towel at the bottom of the tub can prevent your pet from slipping around. Use warm water, and avoid getting soap and water in your pet’s eyes, nose and ears. Always rinse thoroughly.For pets that will tolerate it, you can use a blow-dryer on a low-temperature setting. If your pet will be inside while he or she dries, turn off the air conditioning for a while! Use a brush that’s appropriate for your pet, too.
Without a doubt, turning to a professional groomer for nail trimming is not only easier for both pet and owner, it significantly reduces the risk of accidental pet injury and discomfort. Nails and claws grow continually, however, and at-home maintenance is an inevitable necessity. Find a tutorial online for nail trimming and keep trimmers appropriate for your pet on hand at all times. As a precaution to avoid infection and fungus, you should always wear gloves while handling your pet’s nails.
Doing some routine pet grooming on your own is a great way to ensure your pet stays comfortable between trips to see a professional groomer. As always, whenever you’re in doubt, consult a veterinarian or professional pet groomer. They’re going to know a lot more about your pet’s needs!

Posted on 2011-06-06 by Amanda Harper