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5 Essential Items For Pet Grooming

By on March 8, 2019

You go back home, take a shower, and then go to sit on your bed to find it covered in dog hair. Needless to say, you’re not going to be very happy. Pets are man’s best friends –– let’s include cats too for the sake of the argument –– and their presence is everything for their owner. But having a pet around is a serious responsibility, and you’ll need to take care of them as much as you would a baby. Pet grooming is an essential part of owning one, and it’s something you are going to have to get acquainted with.

What Is Pet Grooming?

This is the process of taking care of your dog or cat’s hygiene and making sure their hair is trimmed and they’re properly cleaned. Pet grooming is important because it protects the animal from various skin and health problems and helps with the general cleanliness of the dog. It also helps in reducing risk of infestation and disease.

What Items Do You Need For Your Pet Grooming?

Brush and Comb

This one’s particularly more suited for dogs, because they have different types of hairs and furs. So you need to get a brush that works for your dog’s hair, and you can choose from w wide variety of options like bristle comb, wire pin brushes, flea combs, and others.

Nail Trimmers

Nail trimmers are quite important; you can’t very well have your cat or dog scratching you around whenever you’re playing together. You’d be surprised to know that nail trimmers come in different shapes and functions, so you’ll also have to choose one that works best with your pet. Nail trimming can be an annoying process for pets, so make sure to get one that works for them best and causes minimal disturbance.

Shampoos and Conditioners

Just like you need shampoo, your dogs (and cats on occasions) need one as well. Believe it or not, there are actually shower heads and dog towels, like the ones you could get from Pet Clever. Bathing your pets with shampoo and conditioner is quite important and helps protect them from skin disease; plus they feel good afterwards. Try to get soap-free shampoos that are designed for pets specifically. They also come in different combinations and structure, so you’ll need to do a little trial and error to find out which works best with your pet.

 

Dental Care Kit

Most people overlook dental care when they mention dog grooming, but it might just be the most important part of the process. Dogs need clean mouths as much as humans do, if not more. It’s not an easy task to get a dog or cat to still for brushing their teeth, but it’s important nonetheless. Dental care kits come with everything from toothpaste to brushes.

Ear Cleansers

It’s also very important to take good care of your pet’s ears, as they can get easily infected. Get yourself some ear cleansers to clean their ear canals, and never use alcohol for cleaning them.

Bonding Ritual

Pet grooming is not an easy process, but it’s quite an important one nonetheless. And if you look at it as a bonding experience between you and your pet, it could bring you much closer to each other. They might not show it at the time, but pets do appreciate being groomed and somehow they know it is in their best interest. It’s also not impossible to find a dog or a cat willingly go for the grooming or enjoy a bath, but you should give it time and it will pay off.

photo credit: Aubree Sweeney

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