Whether you’re a pet groomer, a pet parent, or both, it’s important to know how to properly groom your furry friends. Grooming is about much more than keeping up with your pet’s appearance– it’s actually a key factor in maintaining their overall health! As a pet parent of five and the owner of five Puff & Fluff grooming locations, Liz Illg has learned a lot over the years about pet care. Now, she’s lending you a paw to ensure that all pets are receiving the proper grooming care!
1. Ease Your Pet into Grooming
One of the greatest tips I can give you is to start your felines and canines early when it comes to grooming! Grooming can be a very stressful event for an animal who is not used to being handled– and this can be especially dangerous if your pet gets spooked near scissors or clippers. Work with your new pup or kitten to get them used to the idea of being held and having their limbs moved around. Bit by bit, get them used to water, combs, nail clippers, etc.
From super short-haired breeds to those with long, lustrous coats, understanding your pet’s unique needs will be a great aid in the grooming process. Educating yourself on your pet’s needs will help you to buy the right shampoos, conditioners, and brushes to care for his or her coat. If you have multiple breeds in your household, keep in mind that not all products are fit for all types of cats or dogs. Be mindful of the products you’re using on your pet to preserve their coat!
3. Maintain a Regular Routine
One of the most important tips I give my clients is to brush between visits! Not unlike your dentist telling you to brush and floss between visits, the same goes for your pets and their coats. Not only does regular brushing make your pet look and feel good, it’s a great activity to bond with your pet! Plus, it saves your groomer time in not having to untangle a month or two worth of knots. Without proper upkeep, your four-legged friend may need a radical shave to get rid of matted hair and knots.
4. Grooming Is Not Just about the Hair
While braids, bows, and painted toes are pawesome, pet care and grooming involves way more than a sleek coat. Groomers and pet parents should pay careful attention to the paw pads, toenails, ears, and eyes. If a pet’s nails are too long, it can affect their ability to walk, run, and play. If you have a breed with particularly long ears, like a basset hound, you’ll want to keep them clean and free of infectants.
Maintaining open and transparent communication between the pet parent and groomer is key! For groomers, it’s important to let your client know if you spot anything of concern on their pet. And, for pet parents, it’s crucial to let your groomer know if your pet has any allergies, sensitivities, or fears when it comes to grooming.
See? Grooming doesn’t have to be something you or your pet dreads. With plenty of grooming tools and tips available, your pet is sure to look and feel purrrfect!