Posted by Lora Shaw on March 27, 2013
Here at Pet Palace, we know grooming your pet is essential for many reasons. From proper animal socialization to coat and skin health, regular grooming has a number of benefits that may be reaped.
When it comes to dogs and cats, the most common pets, performing some grooming rituals daily helps the animal become accustomed to being touched. Brushing your pet’s hair each evening can help relax you, as well as the animal. Your pet will get acquainted with you more as you teach it to lie down calmly while you lavish it with attention, de-tangle its hair and remove any debris from its coat. This is especially true for clipping the nails of your dog or cat. Performing the chore weekly, or at least every other week, will make it easier, in the long run, to care for your animal’s feet.
Shedding is also a major issue that can be remedied with regular grooming. While all shedding cannot be completely avoided, daily brushing and weekly baths with a conditioning shampoo will help cut back on the need to vacuum the carpet. A drop in shedding will be noticed when you regularly use a pet brush, since the brush stimulates oil producing glands in the animal’s skin that help keep it healthy and hanging onto hair. Sometimes it is easier and even better to have your pet groomed by a professional. A trained professional will know the proper way to groom your pet, specific to each breed and will be able to trim your pet’s hair, which is especially helpful for pets with thick coats.
Avoid Medical Problems
Some actions, such as checking an animal’s eyes, teeth, and ears regularly, can help you avoid major medical bills. Many cat and dog breeds are susceptible to illnesses that can be caught early, simply by paying attention to your pet and thoroughly checking the animal’s entire body during daily grooming sessions.
Brushing a pet’s teeth is another ritual to perform regularly. A pet’s dental health can have tremendous effects on its overall physical well-being. By keeping your animal’s teeth clean, you will also help keep the animal well between vet check-ups, and can also avoid expenses related to professional cleanings.
A final benefit is all about looks. Animals feel better when they are groomed, and also tend to look better. Keep your dog or cat in top condition by tending to its needs regularly. Avoid matted hair that is difficult to untangle, nails that are too long and curled and other issues by paying attention to your pet each day. If you don’t have time to groom your pet yourself, schedule an appointment with us at Pet Palace, where we have the knowledge and care to take care of your beloved pet. Taking a little time for your animal regularly will pay off in loving rewards heaped upon you by your pet.
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.