Grooming and Cleaning Tips For Your Pets

Posted on June 16, 2015 By

Shampooing Your Pet

Make sure you use the right type of shampoo for the right type of pet with minimal foaming so it rinses off easily.

  • Wet your pets’s face with a damp washcloth
  • Use a pitcher to wet rest of the body with warm water
  • Shampoo from face to tail.
  • Allow the shampoo to sit for a few minutes.
  • Rinse shampoo from face with wet wash cloth.
  • Rinse rest of body with pitcher.

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Grooming Your Cat

Use a comb or a brush with Teflon-coated teeth.  Use a fine-tooth comb for areas such as the face and ears. Using these types of combs and brushes will make the brushing gentler for your cat without tugging or pulling on the hair.  Long-haired cats require daily brushing while short-haired cats require less. Regular brushing helps with your cat’s coat and will keep it from getting matted.  If you prefer to take it to a professional, there are pet shops and other pet grooming companies or corporate car services available.

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

When starting off, use just your finger without toothpaste.  This will help your dog get used to someone pulling up their lips and rubbing their teeth.  The finger will mimic the toothbrush and simulate teeth brushing.  Just be sure to along the gum line where tartar builds up.  Gradually building up the amount of time in which you brush will help your pet adapt to the activity and make for successful teeth brushing.

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How to Remove Skunk Spray

Many people automatically think of tomato juice when it comes to treating skunk spray on your pet. Tomato juice, unfortunately, may cover up small from a skunk spray, but it won’t remove the oils from the spray.  A better remedy to removing the odor can be prepared at home using baking soda, dishwash detergent and a 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.  Mix the solution and immediately apply it to the pet’s coat. Wait 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.  The quicker you get the pet washed the better as it gives the oil less time to work into the pet’s hair.  Be careful not to get the solution into the dog’s eye as it will burn.

Cutting a Cat’s Nails

To cut a cat’s nails it’s best to use a stainless steel nail cutter.  Try to trim the nails before you give them a bath.  Start with two or three nails and see how your cat does.  If she doesn’t resist then continue with the other mails.  However, if she doesn’t like it then stop and continue at a later time.  It’s best to start the nail trimming at an early age so that they will be used to it as they get older.