Pet Grooming FAQs

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Many inexperienced owners don’t realize that grooming is a vitally important part of animal care, and after nutrition, rest and preventative medicine, it should be one of the next things that you consider. This is because regular brushing, cleaning her teeth and keeping her claws trimmed all have substantial health benefits, supporting your pet in living a long, happy and healthy life.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about pet grooming and their answers.

What does pet grooming entail?

Pet grooming can comprise of a range of different elements, with some of the most commonly performed including:

- Bathing

- Brushing

- Clipping hair

- Clipping nails

- Cleaning ears

- Brushing teeth

If you are looking at relying on a professional groomer to carry out the majority of these services, then depending on the person or salon you choose, you may be able to build a package based on your pet’s needs.

How often does my pet need to be groomed?

Every animal is unique and as such, how often you will need to groom your pet will depend on various factors such as how fast his claws grow or how thick his coat is. Long-haired breeds of cat and dog benefit from daily grooming to help remove knots and matting, while short-haired breeds can maintain a healthy coat if they are groomed far less. Your veterinarian or professional groomer will work with you to create a personalized schedule of grooming for your pet.

If you are grooming at home, it is important to note that you shouldn’t bath your pet too frequently. It takes a lot to get an animal properly dirty since they groom themselves anyway. Cats in particularly are known for spending hours cleaning their bodies. However, bathing too often can actually strip your pet’s coat of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy, causing it to become dry and brittle. Bathing too frequently can even cause skin irritations to develop.

I have a puppy/kitten. How soon can I start getting her groomed?

It is recommended that grooming begins fairly early in your pet’s life as this will help her get used to the process. Soon, it will be a part of her regular routine. If you are taking her to a professional, it is advised that you wait until at least two weeks after her last set of initial vaccinations. However, there is nothing to stop you brushing your pet’s coat and cleaning her teeth before this time.

Why is brushing her teeth so important?

As her owner, it is your responsibility to brush your pet’s teeth and it should be done daily if possible. This is because animals can suffer from an accumulation of bacteria and food debris on their teeth just like we can, and like us, this can turn into decay or periodontal disease, putting the health of her mouth and longevity of her teeth at risk. If your pet develops periodontal disease, a condition which affects the majority of cats and dogs before their third birthday, her overall wellbeing could also be put at risk. Studies show that pets with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from infections that enter the blood stream and spread to other parts of her body, putting her major body functions at risk.

Daily brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush and specialist pet toothpaste is the best way to keep your pet’s mouth and teeth clean and healthy.

Are there any specific requirements when using a grooming salon?

Since many animals go in and out of grooming salons, they have rules about which pets can be treated. This usually involves specific requirements surrounding their health and the preventative health steps that they (you) have taken. It is not unusual for professional groomers to insist that you show proof that your pet is up to date with her vaccinations and is covered by suitable flea/tick prevention. Speak to your chosen provider ahead of time to check that their admission requirements are.

If you have further questions about pet grooming that we haven’t covered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us get in touch with our team who will be delighted to extend their knowledge and expertise to you and your pet.