Marcus Viljoen (TTB Writer)
Working from home and have some free time? Why not have a little grooming sesh with your best friend, which will allow for some extra bonding time.
Keep your furry looking their best with these grooming tips!
1. Brush your pet's coat regularly to prevent matting.
By regularly brushing your pet's coat will help to keep it shiny, glossy and will prevent unnecessary matting.
2. Trim your furries nails in a safe manner
When you hear your besties nails clicking on the hard floors in your home, it is a sign that their nails might be too long and it is time for a trim. By clipping them will prevent your pet's from experiencing discomfort from overly long nails. If this is the first time you are trimming your pet's nails, you'll need a few safety tips. Watch this video to do so safely without harming your pet. If you feel uncomfortable, visit your nearest vet, and they will clip your pets' nails for you.
3. When grooming, check your pet's skin
Skin diseases are common in animals, causing itchiness and making them scratch, chew or lick their skin. By doing this, you will see if your pet has parasites like fleas, ticks, lice, and mites, which can transfer diseases.
4. Teach your best friend to enjoy grooming sessions
Encourage your pet with delicious treats when you first introduce them to a grooming routine. By doing this, you will make the experience more enjoyable for yourself as well as your pet.
5. Check your pet's ears regularly
Ear infections can be a painful experience for any pet, so if you notice any of the following behaviour or changes, book your pet for a consultation at your nearest vet:
- The ears are inflamed or moist.
- The ears smell.
- The ears contain some sort of discharge.
6. Don't bathe your dog too often
Most pets with healthy skin only need to be bathed once a months/every two months to prevent hygiene issues and unpleasant odours. By washing your dog more often can strip the natural oils from its coat and dry out its skin.
When bathing your doggo, keep this in mind:
- Choose a soap-free shampoo formulated for animals, which will be gentle on their skin. You can buy these from our online store and help animals in need.
7. Test the temperature of the water before bathing your pet.
- Coat your Pet with lukewarm water and gently massage the shampoo into the coat. Avoid your dog's eyes, mouth and the insides of its ears.
- Rinse the shampoo off with lukewarm water, then let your pet do the shakes and air dry themself off outside if the weather is warm or alternatively use a towel.