Spring is the time of year when many dogs and cats start shedding. This is a time of year where their grooming might need some special attention. Many times your short-haired pets can shed the excess winter fur with ease, but your extra furry friends might need some extra help.
Brushing your dog
When you regularly groom your dog with a brush or comb, it promotes a healthy coat. It will keep your dog’s hair clean and soft. Brushing helps spread naturally occurring oils throughout their coat, keeping it soft and healthy.
If your dog has short hair, start with a rubber brush to loosen dead skin and dirt. Follow up with a fine bristle brush to remove loose hair. Dogs with short hair are fine with being brushed every 1-2 weeks.
If your dog has a thin, silky, long coat of hair, they’ll need more attention. Try to set a schedule of taking a few minutes every other day to brush out tangles with a slick brush. Then go through their hair with a finer bristle brush. If your dog has a lot of hair around their feet, you can trim it slightly to avoid some of the tangles and mats.
Dogs that have very thick, long hair that tends to get matted easily need the most attention with their grooming. Long, thick hair will need daily attention to keep it healthy and free of mats and tangles. Be careful about trimming long-haired dog’s coats yourself. If you trim too much, you can damage the undercoat and it will take a long time to grow back normally.
Brushing your cat
Cats are usually pretty low maintenance but their grooming could use some help once in a while. Make sure you give your cat time to get used to brushing, some really like it while others can take some time to get used to it.
If your cat has short hair, start with a fine metal toothed comb. Then use a brush with soft bristles to remove any loose hair. If your cat has long hair, start with a wide-toothed comb to help detangle any mats in their hair. Then use a wire or bristle brush to remove loose hair.
Bathing your dog
The ASPCA recommends that you bath your dogs at a minimum of once every 3 months. Depending on your dog’s activities, they will probably need more bath than that. Try to get your dog used to water when they are young so that bath time isn’t such a chore. Be sure and use a shampoo that is specifically for dogs. many regular shampoos have chemicals in them that can cause itching and irritation to a dog’s skin. Also, be sure to rinse out the shampoo thoroughly so it doesn’t cause any irritation.
Bathing your cat
Luckily, your cat won’t need bathing very often. Once in a while though, your cat may get into something that makes their fur sticky or just too dirty for a tongue bath. Most cats hate water. But if you regularly give them baths when they are a young kitten, they will tolerate baths much better when they are older. You don’t need to fill the bathtub or sink, just a few inches of water will be enough. Cats have different fur from dogs, so look for a shampoo that is better for use with cats.
You are what you eat, and so is your pet
If you want your dog, cat, or other pets to have a healthy coat, it all starts with their food. Low-quality food will affect the way they look, feel, and act. Higher quality food will help your pet in a variety of ways. And if your pet seems to be scratching a lot but doesn’t have fleas, ticks, or other pests, they may have allergies. Do some research and ask your vet if your pet may be having allergic reactions to their food that could be causing itchiness or other health problems.
Make sure their bedding is kept clean
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