There’s more to pet grooming than simply giving your pet a bath. It’s also about caring for their health and examining their body and fur. Pets aren’t able to tell you if something is wrong. So when you groom them, you will be able to discover any underlying problems.
As you carefully groom your pet, it will be easy to discover any marks that appear unusual. It will be easy to discover if he has any injuries, or if fleas and ticks have made their home on him. You’ll find that this is the best way to give your pet the care it needs.
Following are some pet grooming supplies that you will want to have with you when you begin to ready your animal for his grooming.
1. Brushes. Make sure you use a brush that’s made specifically for the kind of cat or dog you own. Look for pin brushes which have a metal comb and wider spaces between them. This is perfect for pets with thick or matted hair.
After you’ve used a pin brush, follow it up by running a slicker brush over your pet’s coat. These are usually shorter and may be bent at the end. You’ll get a more thorough comb through since the spacing is tighter.
2. Combs. For combs, you’ll again want to look at the distance between the pins. Those that are closer together will give the best comb through. But it is important for you to ensure that knots or matted hair are brushed through completely before you use a thin comb.
3. Nail Clippers. Find a well made nail clipper designed specifically for pets. You will want to be sure that your pet gets a clean cut. If he starts bleeding, try some styptic powder to stop it. Ask your vet to give you a demonstration on how to cut your pet’s nails before you try it on your own.
4. Clippers. You’ll need a well made clipper if you plan on trimming your pet’s coat. You can find them at most pet stores. Look for the right size blade. Keep in mind that the closeness of the cut depends on the size of the blade. You may want to purchase several different sizes.
Most of the tools that you need to do a thorough job of pet grooming are available at your local pet supply store. You can also find them on the web. In any case, you will want to purchase high quality products that will last a long time. Keep them in good shape, cleaning and sanitizing them after each use as instructed by the manufacturer.