October 9, 2009, Newsletter Issue #38: The Importance of Pet Grooming

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Your pet doesn't have long hair, so you don't need to worry about grooming, right? Wrong! Don't underestimate the importance of pet grooming. Every pet should be groomed at least once a week, whether it has long hair or no hair at all.

For pets with short hair, you can simply substitute a soft brush or a cloth for the traditional comb or slicker brush. As you gently groom your pet, you should be checking for any bumps, lumps, cuts, splinters and other injuries. You'll also want to pay close attention to your pet's ears, eyes and teeth. Don't forget to keep an eye out for ticks or fleas.

If you notice anything wrong, such as a lump under your pet's skin or a flea infestation, you'll be able to call your vet right away for treatment instead of discovering the problem when it has gotten serious.

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