Cat & Dog Grooming

The Fluff Factor : Keeping Your Pets Looking and Feeling Their Best

Grooming your dog & cat

Whether you've have a dog, a cat, or both, we've got you covered with all the tips and tricks to keep your fur babies looking and feeling their best. We are not veterinarians or experts; these are just some things we have tried for our fur balls and wanted to share with you! Let's get started! 

Grooming is more than just keeping your pet looking beautiful; it's a crucial aspect of their overall health and well-being. From maintaining coat health to preventing skin issues and fostering bonding moments, grooming plays an important role in the pet-parent relationship. 

Understanding Your Pet's Coat:

Before diving into the grooming process, it's essential to understand your pet's coat type. Dogs and cats come in various breeds, each with their unique coat texture, length, and grooming requirements. Whether your furry friend sports a luxurious mane or a short, sleek coat, knowing their specific needs is key to effective grooming.

Regular Brushing:

Brushing your pet regularly is one of the simplest yet most effective grooming practices. Not only does it remove loose fur and prevent matting, but it also stimulates blood flow to the skin and distributes natural oils, keeping the coat healthy and shiny.

For dogs with longer coats prone to tangling, such as Golden Retrievers or Poodles, consider investing in a high-quality slicker brush or detangling comb. Similarly, short-haired breeds like Beagles or Bulldogs benefit from a silicone brush to remove dead hair and dirt. 

Slicker Brush
Andis Slicker Brush 
Silicone Brush
Bailey Silicone Brush

For grooming our feline friends, a fine-toothed comb or slicker brush is ideal for removing loose fur and preventing hairballs, especially in long-haired breeds like Maine Coons or Persians.

Cute cat getting groomed

Bathing Essentials:

While some pets relish bath time, others may be less enthusiastic. Often the least dauting part of grooming. Regardless, regular baths are essential for maintaining proper hygiene and skin health. When bathing your pet, use a mild,  pet-friendly shampoo  suited to their coat type and avoid getting water in their ears or eyes. A little trick that has worked with our kids; providing a distraction and a snack! With a  Lickimat ® UFO , it can suction right onto your shower wall! Magic grooming trick!

For dogs prone to skin allergies or dryness, consider using  oatmeal-based or hypoallergenic shampoos to soothe and nourish their skin. Cats, on the other hand, are typically meticulous groomers and may not require frequent baths. However, in cases of excessive shedding or skin issues, a  gentle cat-specific shampoo  can help alleviate discomfort.

Nail Trimming and Ear Cleaning:

Neglecting nail trimming can lead to discomfort and even health problems for your pet. An often missed part of grooming. Regular nail trims prevent overgrowth, splitting, and potential injury. Invest in a quality pair of pet nail clippers or a nail grinder to safely trim your pet's nails at home. Can’t do it yourself? We offer in-store nail trims! Call Bowness at (403)286-7389 or Britannia at (403)455-7389 to see if that service is available that day! 

Similarly, cleaning your pet's ears is essential for preventing ear infections and maintaining overall ear health. Another often missed part of grooming Use a  natural ear cleaning solution and cotton balls to gently remove dirt and wax buildup from your pet's ears. 

Dental Care Essentials:

Hurry back to our blog because we'll dive into the often overlooked yet crucial aspect of dental care for your furry companions. Just like humans, dogs and cats require regular dental hygiene to prevent tartar buildup, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Before then, be sure to check out the amazing ladies at  K9 Gentle Dental.  This is service that provides hygienic teeth scaling without the use of anesthesia or sedation. And we host them once a month at both locations! 

Grooming can be daunting part of owning a pet, but we hope with this grooming blog post we make it more enjoyable for everyone! 

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