Before we start with 5 Cool (and Easy) Pet Grooming tips, it’s important that we cover off the…
Common Mistakes in Home Pet Grooming
When dog and cat owners attempt pet grooming at home, there are several common mistakes that are made.
Pet grooming is a skill, but with the right equipment and patience it can become a cool, easy way that will save you both time and money.
You have to be careful. A slip of the clippers or grooming brush can cause injury to your dogs, cats or horses. This is not only physical injury, but emotional. Trust is lost once pain is inflicted and your pet may not treat you the same afterward.
The first common mistake is getting to close to the skin while grooming. The wrong dog brush or cat brush can leave burns or cuts that can open its way to later infections.
If you accidentally give your pet a burn or 'nick' while grooming, stop and apply first aid.
Put on some anti-bacteria solution and if possible clean the wound.
Watch the wound carefully and if it becomes red or discharges puss, contact your veterinarian immediately.
If your pet licks or otherwise irritates the wound, you might want to get a protective plastic collar to stop this behaviour.
Another mistake in novice pet grooming is getting pet shampoo or other chemicals in your pet's eye.
Either from your mistake or from the animal's head movement soap can splash in their eye. This unintentional act will sting your pet's eyes and lead to an unpleasant pet grooming experience.
Wash the soap out with water or saline solution and dab the corners of the eye with a sterile cloth.
Sooth your pet and try to take the focus off their eyes and maybe gain their attention by showing them a favourite toy or ball.
Hold the toy up so the pet can see it. Move the toy back and forth. As your pet tracks the toy, look into their eyes for signs of irritation.
The third mistake in pet grooming is leaving your animal unrestrained or loose during grooming.
Some animals, especially cats hate baths and will run at any opportunity. Your dog and cat can put themselves in dangerous situations by trying to escape the pet grooming activity.
They may run out in the street and be hit by a car or be attacked by a stray animal.
Make sure your dog is at least on a leash. You may even want to put a muzzle on your pet to protect both you and them.
If you wash your dog outside, wash it in a fenced yard or enclosure so that the temptation to run will be short lived and safe.
Now for the 5 Cool Home Pet Grooming Tips For Pet Owners Who Don’t Have Much Time or Money
1. Conduct a weekly visual check cat or horse.
Check their ears, eyes, nose, between the toes, around the tail, in the coat and fur.
Check for ticks, lice, blood, red areas & inflammation.
If there is anything abnormal consult your Veterinarian.
2. Get the right tools that suit your pet type and your pet’s coat.
Not all pet grooming tools are equal.
It’s important to understand each function of each tool and product.
Some tools you will need in your DIY kit are- Dematting tool, natural shampoo, deshedding and light trimming tool, nail clippers, hair clippers & tooth brush.
For example- a dematting tool will remove knots, matts and tangles and should be used as the first step in pet grooming.
Whereas a deshedding tool is used to remove the loose dead undercoat and to assist the reduction of shedding (by up to 95%) on your dog or cat, whilst providing a shiny top coat.
Both tools are very important in quick, effective DIY grooming.
Groom gently and regularly- Weekly is advisable.
3. Bath your pet regularly- Use a safe all-natural pet shampoo with no nasty ingredients.
Fortnightly bathing is preferable of your pet.
Also, don’t forget to clean those ears of any wax, dirt & any other nasties as they are often forgotten.
Check for any bad smells in the ears & consult your Veterinarian if there is.
Some cat owners bath there cat whilst others don’t. That’s a personal choice but they should be bathed in any event.
4. Trim those nails- with a quality nail clipper as your pet requires it. Avoid cutting the quick which is the pink area within each of the nails.
It’s safer to lightly trim them if you are not confident.
5. Brush those teeth- Use pet approved quality toothpaste. Clean daily.
Good, regular oral care of your pets are very important and often forgotten or not taken serious.
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