All pets require some grooming assistance from their care takers. Dogís and catís
often require the most attention but birds, ferrets and other small animals also
- Bathing - Use a shampoo specifically for pets. Rinse well
to prevent skin irritation. Donít bathe to frequently - over bathing strips
their coat of important oils. Monthly baths are usually sufficient. Your pets
skin is very sensitive to heat, remember this when adjusting water and blow
- Brushing - More frequent brushing for long coated breeds
reduces mats and undercoat therefore making them more comfortable. Petís with
short coats still benefit from routine brushing. Be sure to pick the right
comb or brush for your petís coat.
- Nails - Check nails weekly and trim more often rather
than waiting for nails to get too long. Start conditioning your puppy to
accept nail trimming early. Always good to keep styptic powder on hand to
stop bleeding in case of nicking the quick.
- Ears - Check pets ears weekly. Look for changes in
appearance, discharge, odor and scratches or abrasions. For dogís who swim
use an ear drying solution after trips in the water. Dogís with excess hair
around or in the ear can benefit from trimming or plucking.
Many types of pet rodents require teeth trimming, see your veterinarian to learn how.