A dog’s ears do a lot of important work for his survival – they pick up on any nearby threats or predators, they allow him to listen for companions approaching, and, of course, they can hear a treat bag being rustled no matter where they are. That’s why keeping them healthy and free of debris…Read More
Fur, fuzz, and fluff: a dog’s coat is more than just part of his looks and personality, it’s actually part of an intricate biological cooling system that helps him beat the heat, keeps pests at bay, and even avoid sunburn. In some cases, however, he could use a hand from his pet parents to help…Read More
Among designer dog breeds, few hybrids are as beloved as the Maltipoo. A cross-breed between a Maltese and either a miniature or Toy-sized Poodle, he is very well-known for being outgoing, playful, and bright at any age, but particularly in puppyhood. As with many “apartment friendly” dogs, one of the primary concerns of a potential…Read More
For potential Labradoodle pet parents, the excitement of adding a fur baby to the family is one of those milestone moments in life. However, for those who suffer from pet allergies, it’s important to research the background of so-called ‘hypoallergenic’ breeds – and then determine if owning a dog is going to be the healthiest…Read More
For anyone old enough to remember the long-running 90s sitcom “Frasier”, one of the most beloved characters on the TV show was Eddie, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier. Known for their cheerful disposition, boundless energy, predisposition to hunt and strong desire to work, these quirky pooches are recognized for many characteristics – but being a…Read More
A Cockapoo may have a name that sounds like a large, white, tropical bird, but in reality, he is an incredibly popular hybrid-breed dog with a lush coat. His signature fleece-like curls come from his genetic lines: half Cocker Spaniel and half Poodle. This pairing produces a dog that stands approximately 15” at the shoulder…Read More
For anyone considering adoption, a Bichon Frise is a delightful breed that has risen in popularity among dog enthusiasts everywhere. Well-loved for their sunny dispositions and ability to get along with other pets as well as children, many folks opt for Bichons due to their small stature, which makes them ideal for apartment dwelling. However,…Read More
Cats are known for many things: their soothing purr, their sleek looks, and their infamously strong independent streak. This personality trait can be a benefit for pet owners looking for companionship (but not keen on walks); however, it can also be a source of frustration. As any cat owner can attest, it doesn’t take long…Read More
With the abundance of viral pet memes and videos, it has become all too common to see footage of feline friends appearing to utterly despise water. Whether being disciplined with a squirt bottle, forced to take an unwanted bath, or falling into a shallow pool, cats are typically seen running, jumping, or entirely spazzing out…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
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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