Cats provide companionship, a swift and merciless end to any stray bugs in the house, and endless entertainment when the laser pointer comes out. However, there’s likely only one thing that a cat owner would change if they could: hairballs. Those messy puddles of fur, spit, and who-knows-what that have an uncanny ability to position…Read More
There are few rites-of-passage that veteran cat owners know better than “the sound” – the measured, increasingly-loud noises of a cat coughing up a hairball in the middle of the night can wake even the soundest sleeper. Barely awake, it’s usually immediately followed by a pet parent’s rush into a usually futile effort to spare…Read More
You believe that you have one beautiful pooch. In your eyes, his perfection is unmarred and parallel to none. Until that is, you give him a good rub down, and you notice unsightly white flakes appearing everywhere. You do some more scratching, and you notice your beautiful canine seems to have spots of very dry…Read More
Cats, like people, have hair. Which means that cats, like people, can suffer from dandruff. Though it’s doesn’t look appealing, it’s not typically serious. Dandruff is a collection of dry, dead skin cells that flake from cat’s skin, often related to seborrhea dermatitis. Sometimes those terms are used interchangeably. Dandruff is not to be confused…Read More
Mange is a highly-contagious, extremely itchy skin issue that can affect both dogs and people. Mange is caused by mites – tiny parasitic bugs that spread to different hosts via skin-to-skin contact or indirect contact with objects like brushes and toys. Several types of mites can cause mange, but the symptoms are similar. Infestations result…Read More
From shots and vaccinations to deworming, maintaining your dog’s health and happiness involves so many different elements that it’s easy to forget about your pup’s mouth. Too often, owners forget about canine dental health, which can lead to a variety of potential problems. Periodontal disease is one of the most common health problem found in…Read More
Itchy, swollen, pesky, red lumps—the tell tale sign of hives. These symptoms are something that most people have experienced at one point or another, and unfortunately, dogs are susceptible to this type of reaction as well. Urticaria, more commonly known as hives, can form as when a dog is exposed to a variety of different…Read More
Giardia in puppies and dogs is an infection of the intestines. It’s one of the most common intestinal parasites in both dogs and humans. Typically, the infection occurs in the small intestine. It is caused by a single-celled organism called a protozoan parasite. Note that giardia must be ingested to cause an infection, whether by…Read More
When you see your dog scratching at his ears or shaking his head excessively, it’s rarely a good sign. In the case of ear mites, this common but extremely uncomfortable infection can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Otodectes cynotis, also known as ear mites, are the most common form of mites in dogs.…Read More
Dogs itch for a lot of reasons, but no other skin problem causes as much itching as sarcoptic mange. Also known as “dog scabies,” sarcoptic mange is a common skin condition in dogs worldwide in every climate. It can occur in dogs of all ages and breeds, as well as humans and other animals. The…Read More
Grooming is a process which requires hands-on work. While your pet doesn’t need to shower every day, he certainly needs upkeep. By making time for your pet’s grooming on a weekly basis, you’re not only ensuring he’ll be fresh and devoid of odor, you’re ensuring he will be healthy too.
As that’s the thing about grooming, it’s often a word used exclusively to coat-management, when really it entails a lot more than that. Below are some tips for grooming your dog.
How To Groom Your Dog
The coat: Pets need their coats groomed for various reasons: to keep them healthy and fresh, mitigate shedding, prepare for different climates, etc. Coat upkeep is one of the essential parts of owning a pet and it needs to be treated as such.
Hygiene: Pets—like all animals—need to upkeep their hygiene. This could mean various things, but often it boils down to their dental hygiene, bodily hygiene, and paw care. It’s important to make sure your pet is cared for on a routine basis.
Examination: One of the most integral parts of the grooming process is to examine your pet for any health complications. It’s imperative that you examine him every week for anything suspicious.
Most complications that afflict pets need to be caught in their prematurity. In giving your pet these examinations (checking for parasites, infection, inflammation, redness, rashes, etc.), you greatly reduce the risk that he’s going to fall ill in the future.
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