As pet owners, we all want our fur babies to always look their best. Unlike us humans who can casually walk into a salon to get a trim though, pet grooming also comes with a whole set of health implications that you might not know about.
Here are some tips for all new pet owners to take note of before you send your cat or dog for grooming.
1. Make sure you’re familiar with any skin conditions your pet might have
Before sending your pet for grooming, make sure you inspect their skin (gently pull apart their fur to get a good look) for any underlying skin conditions you might have missed.
Things like scabies, sores, skin infections, or even fleas are things that need to be raised to your groomer. If your pet has open wounds then it might be best to not send them for grooming at that point of time as it could aggravate the wound and cause further infection.
2. Take active steps in ensuring your pet is calm before grooming
Loud clippers, enclosed spaces, and an unfamiliar stranger putting their hands all over your body. All these things can make grooming a very stressful process for any pet. Before sending your pet for grooming, try to put them in as relaxed a state as possible by taking a long walk, etc.
As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to work with your groomer to evaluate your pet’s temperament. Sending a distressed cat or dog to the groomer can result in accidents and injuries to both the pet and the staff grooming your pet.
3. Check for eye and ear infections
Aside from the skin, grooming can potentially affect your pet’s eye and ear health as well. When dead skin or hair accumulates inside a dog or cat’s ears, it could lead to infections.
Similarly, if your pet is having an eye infection with discharge or redness in the eyes, then having loose hair or debris around the area could aggravate the condition further.
If you notice your pet displaying any of these symptoms of infection, it’s best to not continue with the groom and to instead head to a vet’s office right away.
4. Don’t forget the teeth!
When most people think of pet grooming, fur is all they have in mind. That being said, oral care is incredibly important to a cat or dog’s overall health as well. Groomers usually will be able to spot dental diseases and infections prior to grooming and will clean the teeth and gums of your pet, but pet owners should also regularly clean their own pet’s teeth too to prevent decay as your pet ages.
If you have a young puppy or kitten, try to introduce tooth brushing to them as early as possible so that they grow accustomed to the sensation as they grow, leaving you with a pet that’s easier to groom.