As pet owners, it is important to ensure that we take a break from our busy lives and reconnect with the ones we love, and your relationship with your pet is no exception.
One way that pet owners can strengthen their existing bond with their pet is through grooming and massage. Not only will this make your pet feel good, but it will help keep your pet’s coat in good condition.
For pet owners, a good way to begin this process is by understanding their dog or cat’s breed requirements.
For example, breeds like Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzus, have longer coats that require brushing at least twice a week. Whereas breeds with shorter coats like staffies require less brushing and more regular baths. With consistent grooming, pet owners will also become familiar with their pet’s normal skin and coat.
Improving circulation and the redistribution of natural oils, grooming helps pet owners become aware of any changes like fur loss or the development of a mass that should be brought to your vet’s attention
Grooming your pet on the outside will be easier if your pet is healthy on the inside. Your pet’s diet has a significant impact on the overall quality of their coat. A simple change in a diet can turn a dry, flaky coat with reddened skin into a shiny, luxe and easily managed one.
With the average Australian spending approximately four hours per week on personal grooming. It is important that as pet owners we set aside time to groom our furry friends.
Frequency of bathing depends on the skin condition of the pet and the breed. However, a general guideline is a fortnightly wash with a natural shampoo and conditioner like those from Dr Zoo, a range of products made in Australia. It is important to remember that animals have sensitive skin that is different from ours. When picking a shampoo and conditioner it is important to use a product that is specifically designed for pets.
A good tip when bathing your pet is to avoid water coming in direct contact with their ears as this could lead to infection and a very sore and uncomfortable pet.
To make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your pet it is recommended that you start grooming your pet when they are young. Exposing them to regular bathing, grooming and nail trimming can save you a lot of worry down the track. If you have an older dog, try doing frequent and less time-consuming grooms. A few minutes at a time each day with a treat reward can really help. Go back to basics if you have to with ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ and then incorporate brushing and eventually bathing will become easier.