Importance of Grooming Your Pet
Being gorgeous takes work – but there’s a lot more to pet grooming than making fluffy look fabulous. The important thing is to keep your dog or cat clean and healthy. Grooming is an important part of preventive medical care, and regular grooming at Happy Valley Vets will help prevent serious medical problems – not to mention make your pet look, smell, and feel better. By having your pet groomed regularly, you can help detect skin infections and growths before they become a problem.
Dogs require regular bathing to keep their skin and coat healthy, and brushing between baths will get rid of tangles and mats. We recommend brushing your cat weekly to decrease the number of hairballs it ingests. Longhaired and senior cats should be brushed more often to prevent mats from forming. Mats on dogs and cats are painful and can cause skin infections, and matted hair around the hindquarters is especially painful and dangerous. Take a peek at your pet’s bottom every now and then to make sure it isn’t matted or infected. A foul smell signals trouble. With dogs, scooting is often a sign there is a problem.
In general, your dog’s nails are too long if you can hear his tap-dancing on your floor. For dogs and cats, long nails can get caught in carpet or cause them to slip. On some pets, nails curve around and grow into the feet, causing pain and infection. Regular trimming is an excellent alternative to declawing – and reupholstering your couch.
Ear cleaning and plucking is important in preventing infections, and pets with hairy ears need extra attention. Healthy ears do not have an odor and look clean, and anything different should be examined right away.
Keep the hair around your pet’s eyes clipped short enough so it can see properly. Long hair that dangles into the eyes can cause irritation or damage the cornea. Also, the matter that collects in the corners of eyes should be cleared away regularly (for some pets, daily) so that the debris doesn’t create sores.