Pet grooming is an important part of your pet’s primary care, as it promotes general health and happiness for your animal. While the standard reason for grooming a pet is to keep your furry friend looking well maintained and smelling pleasant, there are several other advantages to this practice.
All pets require some grooming on a basic, daily level, though it depends on some factors for the frequency. Some of these factors include the type of breed, the overall health, and age of the pet. Grooming helps to improve a pet’s overall lifespan.
Grooming can help with the following areas:
- Overall cleanliness of the animal.
- It decreases the chance of the pet getting various health problems, such as skin issues, scratches, and thrush.
- Owners are able to keep track of the dog’s health by exposing potential cuts or injuries, rashes, lameness, and parasites on the skin (fleas, ticks, etc.).
- Reduces temperature during summer months.
- It also benefits as extra “bonding time” between pet and owner, which can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both.
Some of the most common types of grooming activities for pets are:
- Hair care – Cutting, trimming, removal or hair stripping (for pets that don’t shed their excess “dead” hair.
- Bathing – Done either using a showerhead, or dousing the animal with a container of water. Shampoo and conditioners can be used for a deeper clean and to for a nicer smell, though it is important to make sure all soap is washed out of the animal’s fur.
- Nail trimming – To keep a dog’s nails from growing too long, and curling into the paw pad. Nail clippers are used, either utilizing a “guillotine” clipper, or standard scissors nail clipper.
Grooming can also be fun and unique for the animal’s lifestyle, anything from painting nails to coloring fur, or decorative bows, bandanas, or tags.