Grooming Tips for Pet Parents

Use these steps to provide the best experience for your pet.

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When it comes to your pets, they're a part of your family and you always want the the best for them. You want to provide them with the best possible care and treatment, especially when it comes to grooming, which can be uncomfortable or annoying to some dogs. Use these tips for grooming from Petsmart to create the best grooming experience for your pet, so you can relax, knowing they're in good hands, and enjoy having a pet who looks (and smells) fresh and clean!

1. Know your pet.

The salon can be a loud, noisy place and may cause stress in some pets. For example, some pets get nervous or anxious when around other pets, or when they are exposed to loud noises, such as barking. Be sure to flag any stress triggers, as well as calming techniques, with your groomer.

2. Prepare ahead.

Stop by the grooming salon several days before the first grooming appointment and introduce your pet to the groomer. This will also help him or her to get used to the activity, smells and sounds of the salon. You can help prepare your pet for grooming by touching their paws during play, getting them accustomed to the groomers who will handle their paws and using common household items to acclimate them to the humming noise of hair clippers and nail grinders.

3. Health and Welfare.

Grooming or bathing your pet once about every four-to-six weeks, either at home or with a professional groomer, will keep your pet happy and healthy and allow them to be regularly checked for any abnormalities, such as ticks, fleas and dry patches or problems with nails, teeth, ears and eyes.

Pets that have recently been vaccinated, have active infections or have underlying health issues are at higher risk of injury from stress. Older pets, those with special challenges, pets that have recently experienced stressful life changes or injuries are at higher risk of experiencing stress or aggravating a condition during grooming. Keep in mind, stress in pets can be cumulative, meaning a series of stressful situations can affect a pet’s health and well-being. Be sure to flag any special conditions with your groomer and note all pertinent information on the provided salon card.

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