How Often Should I Groom My Pet?
Are dust or fur bunnies roaming around your home? Is your dog, cat, or other pet shedding more fur than you can manage? Nails growing out of control? Grooming is important for almost every pet. However, too much grooming could damage your pets’ fur, cause discomfort, and may lead to bald spots. Poorly trimmed nails could even hurt your pet.
So, how often should you groom your pet? There’s no single correct answer and each animal’s needs will be different. Your dog’s age, the season of the year, and other factors will also impact how much grooming your cat, dog, or other pet needs. Beyond brushing, your pet will likely need to have his or her nails trimmed, ears cleaned, and fur trimmed off. If it’s time for a check-up or a proper grooming session, contact our veterinarian, Dr. Ratnoff, at Oakland Park Animal Hospital for all of your veterinary care needs!
Grooming Tips for Your Pet
First, if you’re welcoming a new puppy or kitten (or other young animals) to your home, you should groom him or her regularly. You want to acclimate your pet to being handled and groomed. A little bit of extra effort now could save you from hassles later. You can keep the grooming sessions on the shorter side to start.
You should also research the grooming needs for the specific breed of your pet. Many long-haired cats and dogs, for example, require more frequent grooming. If you fail to groom your pet, he or she may develop knots. Basic brushing can be done at home and a lot of pets enjoy being brushed.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to brush your dog or cat a few times per week. If your animal is shedding a lot, you may want to brush its fur every other day. If your pet has a lot of fur or during certain seasonal changes (winter to spring, for example) you can probably brush your pet every day. Ask our veterinarian for his advice, but keep in mind, over-grooming can cause problems.
Pet Grooming in Oakland Park, FL
Some grooming is easy to do at home, but now and then you should leave it to the professionals to pamper your pet. If you live in or around Oakland Park, FL, call Oakland Park Animal Hospital today at (954) 731-4228 to schedule a grooming appointment for your pet. We can also answer any grooming questions or veterinary care questions you may have during your visit.