Grooming Your Pet
CLEAN ME GOOD!
So picture this. It’s been raining. After having used all that is in my control to make my four-legged kid steer clear of all sorts or nasty, murky puddles, we make it home and he is CLEAN! Just as we enter the gate an especially mucky patch in the garden calls out to him irresistibly. The rest they say is history or to be less dramatic – bath time!
From these periodic bouts of insanity to the more regular, scheduled bath times, any doting pet parent cannot stress enough on the importance of keeping their furry babies clean and well-groomed. The debate concerning how often one should bathe their dogs is never-ending. Some have a periodic weekly bath, while others prefer a fortnightly time span. Some people believe bathing their dogs more than once a month robs their fur of essential oils and moisture. Well? How much is too much? Or too little?
The answer is simple! A well-groomed dog equals a healthy dog. While it is not possible to sit and thoroughly groom your pet every day, it should be done every once in a while. The simple task of inspecting their paws for ticks after a walk can save you a lot of headache later on. Most dogs love being brushed. It’s like getting a nice massage from their own personal masseur (ergo. you). It is the perfect time to inspect their fur and nip any issues (if there are any) in the bud. Cleaning ears however is another mammoth task. For example in our household, the moment a bottle of Epiotic Ear Cleaner is brought out from the cupboard all hell breaks loose. So we limit this atyachaar on them to a weekly basis.
Whatever the frequency may be, a bath is an excellent time to do a thorough inspection as since the hair is wet and pressed to the skin, you can look for anything unusual such as lumps or patches of missing hair. There is no hard and fast rule as such, just do it at regular intervals. A visit to the groomer’s is an option, but not always affordable on a regular basis. We definitely indulge though, from time to time!
Training your pet from an early age to enjoy bath time and grooming will make this a routine for them and less bothersome for you. Happy grooming!