Keep Your Pet Grooming Cost Down by Doing it at Home
Keeping your pet grooming cost down is simple. Equip yourself with knowledge and the right tools and take care of your dogs’ and cats’ grooming and do it yourself at home!
Caring for Your Feline Friends
Cats generally take care of their own day-to-day grooming, but you should brush and clip their claws (if your cat lives indoors).
So in terms of the pet grooming cost for cats, it very minimal. Just invest in a good pet brush and nail clippers and you’re good to go!
Always brush your cat down the body and take care when untangling any mats or knots because it can pull on the cat’s skin. Serious matting will need professional assistance, as the fur may need to be shaved.
Making the grooming process as stress free (for both the cat and you) as possible is super important. If you feel unsure about clipping claws, then your vet or professional pet groomer will be happy to show you or do it for you.
Looking After Your Canine Companions
Dogs require a lot more maintenance than cats, however it can be a really simple process once you know what you are doing and have the right tools.
Taking care of your dog’s coat yourself can keep your pet grooming cost really low. It is also a lovely bonding experience for you and your dog.
Most importantly, home grooming allows you to be aware of any changes to your dog’s health. You can easily check your dog’s coat, nails, teeth, ears and eyes and regular grooming can help you quickly pick up any abnormalities in your dog’s appearance or changes in temperament.
If you have a puppy, take your time training your young dog to feel comfortable being handled and brushed. Not only does this help make grooming easier, it actually helps to prepare your pet for physical examinations at the vet.
Brushing and combing your dog helps to keep their coat in good condition by removing loose hair and preventing painful mats and knots. Brushing also distributes the natural skin oils over the hair shaft, leaving a smooth and shiny coat.
Dogs with short coats normally require less brushing and grooming compared to medium-to-long-haired dogs with coats.
If you live in an area prone to ticks, always check for ticks as you brush. Also apply a tick and flea treatment to your dog regularly.
It’s important to use a brush that is suitable for your dog. Check out our FurBabs Pet Brush. It features individual sheets that fit over the bristles, not only to keep your pet smelling fresh, but also to rid the brush completely of hair, dirt, and dust.
You don’t need to wash your dog every day!
For dogs with healthy skin and a healthy coat, once every one to three weeks should be enough. Generally you will need to bathe your dog only when you need to remove any unpleasant odors or clean off any dirt.
If dogs are bathed too frequently this can dry out their skin and hair.
Always use a shampoo that has been formulated for dogs. Dogs have very sensitive skin and their skin pH is completely different to human skin. That’s why you should never use human shampoo on dogs.
Make sure to rinse your dog well. Leaving any shampoo on the skin can cause irritation.
Dogs will instinctively shake off excess water after getting wet (watch out!), but they may need you to help them dry off. Use some large towels to rub down your dog’s coat and then allow your dog to air dry naturally.
Try not to use hair dryers as most dogs don’t like the noise nor the air blowing directly at them. The hot air can also burn their skin.
If you must use a hair dryer, use it on a very low heat setting and don’t point it directly at your dog.
Some dogs need to have their hair trimmed from time to time. If you feel confident to do this yourself, invest in a good pair of dog grooming scissors or electric clippers. Otherwise you can take them to a professional pet groomer.
What is the Pet Grooming Cost at a Professional Groomer?
If you would prefer to leave your pet’s grooming in the hands of a professional groomer, find one that has a good reputation. Other pet owners are often very willing to give their recommendations and share their experiences.
Pet grooming costs start anywhere from $30-$90 (and above) depending on the type of service.
Do you look after your pet’s grooming needs at home? What are your tips to keep the cost of pet grooming down? Let me know in the comments below.