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Pet Grooming

Monday, 5 February 2007

Pet grooming has become more popular over the years with peoples attitude towards their pets changing. Today we are going to look at pet grooming and what you can do at home to keep your pet in tip top shape.

Charles Cosgrave - Veterinary Surgeon
Charles Cosgrave is a veterinary Surgeon and owner of Active Pet Care Veterinary Group. He has been in the family run business for over 30 years and he and his sister now run 4 clinics across the country.

Why Get Your Dog Groomed?
Regular grooming promotes healthier skin and coat as well as contributing to their general well being.

Regular grooming also can keep parasites at bay or at best eliminate them totally, as early detection will be a lot easier to deal with rather than a major infestation.

A competent Professional Groomer will, hopefully, pick-up on any lumps or bumps that may need veterinary attention at some stage.

As your groomer gets to know your dog through the years she/ he will notice if your dog is off form or any general changes in character and can help in liaisons with your vet if needed.
Regular grooming also leaves you with an attractive clean, happy dog, which loves being handled and groomed.

What is grooming?

Grooming is essentially looking after your dogs hygiene just like you would look after your own. It includes basic maintenance of your pet
. Keeping their hair brushed and free from tangles and knots
. Keeping their ears cleaned
. Keeping their nails short
. Ensuring their back passage has no debris from the toilet
. And ensuring there is no matt under the belly or around the back passage
. Keeping their teeth and gums clean and fresh

How often should you groom your dog?

You should do the basic grooming every day e.g. brushing teeth with a toothbrush and tooth paste and combing hair to detangle then brush hair going with the grain always.

You should only bath your dog every 6 weeks or so as bathing too much can dry out the skin and drain the oil from hair
Bring your dog to a grooming parlour or trim the dogs hair yourself every few months depending on its breed.

Have the trends for grooming changed?

People have become more pet aware and are looking after their pets a lot more nowadays. Grooming has always been popular in the cities but it is now becoming more rural. People are also bringing their dogs to grooming parlours a lot more now and instead of just getting their dogs hair cut they are requesting a 'Breed Standard Groom' which is a cut specifically suited to you dogs breed.

Things you can detect from grooming?
. Build up of plaque or tartar
. Gum disease
. Cancers or any lumps and bumps
. Warts in eyes
. Turned in eyelids
. Overgrown eyelashes
. Dry eyes in older dogs
. Inflamed eyes
. Conjunctivitis

. De-matting comb: €10 - available pet stores nationwide

. Slicker Brush: €12 - available pet stores nationwide

. Tooth brush and toothpaste set: €10 - available pet stores nationwide

. Logic Enzyme Gel: €15 - available pet stores nationwide

. Active Derma Care Shampoo: €8 - available pet stores nationwide

. Frontline flee treatment spray - from €20 - available pet stores nationwide

. Flee treatment drops - from €25 - available pet stores nationwide

. Nail Clippers - €10 - available pet stores nationwide

. Micro Chip - from €22

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