Spring time is the season of growth – and that includes your pets coat! Out with the old, fuzzy undercoats and in with the new, sleek fur. Although most pets shed all-year round, the heaviest is in spring. Taking a proactive approach to keep your pet well-groomed and avoid fur piling up around the house is a must with professional pet grooming from The Velvet Snout!
Puppy Grooming Tips
A lot of pet owners will do a “spring shave” for smaller dogs who have longer fur and uncontrollable shedding, but for larger, active breeds with short coats, this is not always ideal and easy to do.
It’s best to start your dog off with a good shampoo at the start of shedding season to help eliminate flaked skin and dirt that builds up in their coat over winter. As you shampoo and examine your dog, here are a few things to look for:
- Check paws for cracks and use paw ointment if necessary
- Check ears for cleanliness and signs of mites
When brushing, take your time and be gentle, especially when removing mats or tangles. Brush against the grain of the coat to pull out the undercoat and with the grain to smooth out the overcoat. Daily, weekly and monthly grooming should be in good practice: checking for fleas and ticks, preventing hair from matting, making sure your dog has healthy gums and teeth, and trimming down dogs nails every 2 months to prevent scratching and hurting themselves and you.
Cat Grooming Tips
As most cat owners know, their feline friend does a good job keeping itself groomed, but they could still use some help from their human counterparts. From nail trims to bathing, a little maintenance goes a long way. While most cats detest water and thus bathing, if your cat gets into trash or something smelly inside/outside, a bath could be needed. If your cat fights the bathing process, and there is some potential that injury could occur to your cat or yourself, please make an appointment with The Velvet Snouts’ professional groomers to ensure complete safety of your felines coat.
Regular brushing offers benefits such as dead hair and dirt, and removing or preventing mats and tangles. Always brush in the direction that the hair naturally lays, never against the ‘grain’, and be extra gentle around the belly and chest. Brushing twice a week should be plenty for most shorthaired cats, while a longhaired cat may need brushing every day.
For shorthaired cats:
- Start with a fine-toothed metal comb. Run it through the cat’s fur from head to tail tip. Watch for small pepper-like specks that could indicate the presence of cat fleas.
- Use a bristle or soft rubber brush next to remove loose hair.
For longhaired cats:
- Start with a wide-toothed comb to remove debris that may be caught in the cat’s coat. Carefully untangle any knots.
- Next use a wire brush or a bristle brush to remove loose hair.
- Consider using a toothbrush to brush around the cat’s face.
Maximize Your Pets Health And Coat At The Velvet Snout
Are you looking for a certified pet groomer in your area? No matter the breed, size, or age, The Velvet Snout can handle the task. To schedule a dog or cat grooming appointment with our loving specialists, contact The Velvet Snout today!