General Grooming Advice for Pet Owners
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How often should I bathe my pet?
Nothing is quite as rewarding as watching your dog's tail wag in approval as you brush his coat. The good news is that brushing your pet feels great and has many health benefits. Here are some tips for maximizing the time spent grooming you cat or dog:
- It's a good idea to begin brushing habits when your pet is young. Be sure to include plenty of praise and the occasional treat to make brushing a rewarding time of the day.
- You should trim your pet's nails about once a month. You'll need to purchase specially designed clippers for the type of animal you have, and it's also wise to have a bottle of blood clotting agent for those inevitable clips. You'll have to be patient when clipping your pet's nails, as many animals do not like having their paws handled. As always, use plenty of praise and treats and go slow.
- Cleaning your pet's ears is an important step to preventing painful ear infections that could lead to permanent hearing loss. A warm, moist cotton ball should be used to clean around the opening and into the canal and flaps.
- Bathing your pet once every few months is a great way to keep him smelling clean and to remove mats and tangled hair. Use a shampoo specially designed for animals and gently rub it all over your pet's body.
Pet health plan insurance is a great way to cover costs for flea and dental cleanings.