Brushing, Baths and Grooming
All animals need some sort of grooming care. Short haired dogs and cats may need no more than a nail trim once a month and an occasional bath. Long haired dogs and cats may need a monthly trip to the groomer. There are many different styles of combs and brushes and many different shampoos available. It is best to not use human shampoos or essential oils on your pet because their skin pH is different than ours and it can cause irritation and drying.
If you are going to attempt grooming care at home, be careful to not cut your pet’s skin or cut your pet’s nails too short. This can set you and your pet up for a very unpleasant experience and could potentially require veterinary care to repair damage done to your pet. We encourage you to make any grooming experience as pleasant as possible to not stress or frighten your pet. A stressed or frightened pet is less cooperative and will be more likely to harm you or itself.
Although many people are able to do basic grooming at home, if you would like professional help with nail trims or grooming, please call SouthPaw Animal Clinic to set up an appointment.