The Importance of Regular Pet Grooming

Grooming is as important to your pet as it is to you. Regular grooming not only keeps your pet looking good, it helps to discourage skin and coat problems and provides an early detection method for any health problems that can occur. Santa Fe Animal Hospital in Lakeland, FL can help keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy and attractive.

Keeping Your Pet Well Groomed and Healthy

Whether your pet is a cat or dog, long-haired or short-haired, light-coated or dark-coated, good health includes being clean and well-groomed. Regular grooming also allows us to detect potential fleas, ticks, mites or rashes that need attention. It also removes dirt, allergens and contaminants that are carried into the home interior. Your pet may require a special haircut or coat care to keep looking good. But even smooth-coated and short-haired animals should receive regular bathing and brushing as well as anal expression, nail trims, and ear and eye care.

Maintaining A Regular Grooming Schedule

The amount of grooming your pet needs is dependent on its breed and type of coat. Some dog breeds need to be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks, with special care for their undercoats. Long-haired cats and dogs require brushing at least once each week. Short-haired animals also benefit from brushing once each week to remove loose hair and limit shedding. Your pet’s bathing schedule may depend on his or her activities. If your dog spends a great deal of time outdoors, you may want to remove dirt and debris in the coat more often than a dog that most of his time indoors. Generally, veterinarians recommend bathing animals no more than once each month, to prevent removing beneficial body oils. Always use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for pets.

Your Veterinarian Can Help Ensure Healthy Skin and Coat

Your Santa Fe Animal Hospital vet can help to make sure your pet maintains a healthy skin and coat as part of their overall healthcare. The vet can detect and treat skin problems that sometimes occur and advise you on the best grooming products and procedures to keep your pet looking good and feeling comfortable.