Grooming is one of the most important responsibilities that comes with pet ownership. Not only does proper grooming keep your pet looking great with a smooth and shiny coat, staying clean and properly groomed is essential for your pet’s health and well-being. Pet grooming doesn’t need to be a complicated or expensive exercise, especially since it comes down to a few basic tips and the right pet hair brush.
Choosing the Right Shampoo
Using the right shampoo is vitally important when bathing your pet. Never use shampoo designed for humans on your pet, no matter how mild or natural it may seem. Human shampoo has the tendency to strip your pet’s skin of the natural oils that it needs to maintain a shiny coat and healthy skin.
If your pet seems to have inflamed or itchy skin, switching to an oatmeal-based shampoo can be a natural way of treating the problem without resorting to prescription shampoo. If your pet’s skin doesn’t seem to improve with an oatmeal shampoo, the next step is to visit your vet for some professional advice and a specialty or prescription shampoo. While this is almost certain to solve the problem of your pet’s skin, it is a good idea to avoid prescription products – and the chemicals contained in them – where possible.
Knowing How Often to Bathe
Just as using the wrong type of shampoo can strip your pet’s skin of its natural oils, so can bathing too often. Not only will over washing lead to a dull coat, it can affect the health of your dog’s skin.
In addition, your chosen flea treatment – particularly if it is a topical one – could be adversely affected by washing too often. Instead, use a small amount of a good quality pet shampoo and couple it with the right pet hair brush to avoid washing too often.
As a general guide, most pets need to be washed at least every three months during the colder months, and more often in summer. On the other hand, pets that enjoy getting particularly dirty or who frequently work up a sweat may require more frequent bathing. If you intend to bathe your pet more often, look for a pet shampoo that is especially mild, and make sure not to use too much on each occasion. If in doubt, ask your vet for advice.
Washing and Protecting Your Pet’s Face
It can be tempting to ignore your pet’s face altogether when bathing. Most pets avoid water in their faces, and even dogs who love playing with a running hose will shy away from having water directed on their faces at bath time.
It is vitally important to include a thorough wash of your pet’s face at bath time. Instead of using a jet of water, use wet cotton swabs or a clean damp towel to wipe your pet’s face clean. You can use a tiny amount of shampoo, and then use new wet cotton swabs or rinse the towel thoroughly and wipe again to wash the shampoo out.
If your pet is sensitive to water in their ears, try gently placing cotton swabs inside your pet’s ears before washing their face, remembering to remove them afterwards.
Treat Your Pet to A Massage
If your pet enjoys their wash, extend the experience by including a full-body massage. Not only will your pet love the sensation and enjoy the attention, a full-body massage will also assist in the stimulation of oil production from your pet’s skin and hair follicles. Follow the massage with a throughout brushing with a pet hair brush to further encourage the release of beneficial oils.
Fish Oil for A Glossy Coat
Vitamin and mineral supplements are not only beneficial for humans, but for pets as well. Fish oil – and cod liver oil in particular – can be extremely beneficial for your pet’s health and coat.
Fish oil supplements, or an increased diet of fish suitable for your pet, will contain plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which will have a noticeable effect on your pet’s coat and skin. Fish oil is also helpful for joint health, especially as your pet reaches middle age and beyond.
In the End, It Comes Down to The Right Pet Hair Brush
We now know that your pet should only be properly bathed every two to three months, if possible. What, then, should be done to keep your pet feeling clean and looking great in between baths?
The answer, of course, is brushing. The right pet hair brush will do wonders for your pet, helping them to maintain a healthy, shiny coat and keeping them smelling great. But finding the right pet hair brush can be quite a task, with different brushes recommended for different breeds and different hair types and lengths.
Luckily, it’s FurBabs to the rescue! The same people who brought you the X-Static Anti Static Hairbrush now introduce the FurBabs pet hair brush, the only pet brush of its kind to incorporate individual tear-away sheets that keep your pet’s hair clean and smelling great, deshedding excess hair while ridding the brush of dirt, oil, and excess hair.
Learn more about the FurBabs Pet Grooming brush.
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