Passing a hairball can be a very unpleasant experience for a cat. In addition, cleaning up a hairball can be a putrid experience for a cat owner. No one likes to deal with a hairball, but what is the difference between a hairball and regular vomit anyway? There are a few key distinguishing factors that…Read More
As disgusting as a hairball is, both for a cat and their owner, there is an overarching attitude that they are no big deal. Unfortunately, while hairballs themselves are not unusual for felines, they can pose a severe health risk for your cat. The severity with which a hairball affects your cat’s health is dependant…Read More
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
If you have ever wondered, “How long should my dog’s nails be?”, you are not alone. Although it may not be the first thing that is considered when grooming one’s pet, dogs require nail maintenance just as people do. Depending on his lifestyle, breed, and age, the length and condition of a dog’s nails may…Read More
Cutting your dog’s nails yourself can be nerve-wracking and even intimidating, however, it is a necessity that canine nails are trimmed regularly. So, how often should you cut your dog’s nails? For the most part, dog’s will need their nails trimmed every one to two months. It’s also interesting to learn that dog’s rear nails…Read More
Cats are not known for keeping their displeasure to themselves – irritate a feline, and they’re sure to let you know about it! When the problem is less direct than a little teasing, however, it can be a challenge to diagnose your cat’s discomfort – fleas, for example, might not always be obvious or easy…Read More
Fleas are a nightmare for pet parents, but they can also be very hard to diagnose because of the way dogs grow their fur in – doubly so for thick-coated breeds. Immediately, you start getting worried: is your dog in discomfort? Will the fleas start biting you too? What can you do to stop this…Read More
Cats aren’t typically thought of as catching fleas very often. Usually, when people think of fleas, you think of your four-legged canine friends. However, cats can easily get fleas too. The most common flea species you might find on your cat is the domestic cat flea, otherwise known as Ctenocephalides felis. Of course, that’s not…Read More
When it comes to our four-legged friends, knowing how often to bathe them depends on many factors. While our dogs don’t need to take a bath as often as we do, they still require good hygiene maintenance and proper grooming by their pet parents – not only to keep them clean and smelling fresh, but…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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