Dog or Cat, their fuzzy part always needs to be maintained and yes, it’s expensive. Whatever it’s having them getting bath at pet groomer or just making sure they are free of fleas. Professional pet groomer obviously have everything they need for all grooming process but doing it yourself at home can increase your relationship with your pet. Grooming at home doesn’t have to be complex step. You just need warm water, pet shampoo, brush and trimmer. Basically, there are three steps that you need to be concerned with:
- The Cleaning
Your pet is dirty, you need to clean it first before stepping to the next process. Run shower with lukewarm water, carefully adjust with the right temperature because hot water can harm your pet’s skin especially if you have a pet with short hair. Run water on your skin first and let it drip to your pet. Brush it slowly with pet shampoo, do not use human shampoo as it will cause irritation. When it is time to rinse, make sure you rinse all product, so it doesn’t make your pet skin dry. Finish it with a hair dryer. Put it in low heat and use towel to help dry it quicker. You need to completely dry it otherwise it’ll be hard to do the next step. Have your pet rest a while before continuing to the next step. Give a treat to appreciate their good behavior.
- The Combing
The main benefit of combing your pet hair is getting rid of flea. Fleas can affect your pet health because it feed with pet blood causing your pet to be anemic. Because fleas grip tightly to hair, a tight comb is an effective way to remove them. Keep a water bucket nearby when doing combing to drown any fleas you comb out. Make sure the water is warm but not hot. Combing also great for tangled pet hair, you may think it’s not a big problem, but tangle hair can make it dry and cause itchiness to pet. Tips for easing your pet skin if you accidentally combing it to rough is using coconut oil. Coconut oil can soothe the discomfort area but please use the highest quality of coconut oil without any additional substance.
- The Cutting
Here comes the main step. Prepare your clipper and make sure it lubricated and sterilized. Use clipper in the direction of hair growth in long smooth strokes. Stop if your pet seems uncomfortable. Use scissors for touch up and trimming around extremities such as legs, ears and face. To clip the paws, brush against the direction of hair growth to push the hair between the toes upward and cut with the scissors. But you can use clippers to do the underside of the feet.
Once you have done with your grooming it’s be nice to use pet cologne, perfume or deodorant to neutralise any bad smells. Now that your pet is now squeaky clean, time to keep your clippers clean and running smoothly. It is worthwhile investing in some clipper spray to keep the blades clean and lubricated. The spray can also be used if the blades are getting hot while clipping your pet hair. Keep the blades sharp to make sure it doesn’t get stuck with your pet hair. Because they are more likely to cut if they are blunt, you also will need to have professionally sharpened. Brush them free from hair with a toothbrush and apply some blade oil or the clipper spray.