More Than Just A Pretty Face: The Art Of Home Pet Grooming

As dogs and cats shed their summer coat in preparation for their warm winter wear, pet owners are feeling the pain of constant sweeping, dusting, and lint-rolling of furniture and clothing. The answer? Home pet grooming, of course!

Keeping up with your pet’s grooming regimen is a year-round job, and your team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to help with our expert tips for safe home pet grooming.

Before You Begin

Take a moment to inspect your pet from head-to-toe. Run your hands along their back, neck, sides, and belly (they will think you’re giving them a nice massage) and make a note of any lumps, bumps, or other abnormalities. Let your veterinarian know if you are concerned about anything you find on your pet.

Safe and Simple Home Pet Grooming

We feel better when we’re clean and presentable, and so do our pets. A solid home pet grooming routine consists of the following:

Brushing – Brushing is the cornerstone of any grooming regimen. Daily brushing significantly reduces shedding, while keeping your pet’s coat breathable and free of dirt, dandruff, and mats.

Bathing – Keeping up with your pet’s regular bathing schedule throughout the winter will help them stay clean and fresh, no matter how many walks through the mud and snow they take. Make sure your pet is completely dry before letting them back outside.

Ears – Not all pets need their ears cleaned regularly (your veterinarian can help you determine an ear cleaning schedule), but do take time to inspect the inside of the ears. Give us a call if you notice a foul odor, scabs, or discharge around the ear canal.

Nails – Trimmed nails are a must to prevent pain, nail injury, and trouble walking. During the winter, pets that are used to having their nails ground down by long walks on asphalt or pavement in nicer weather may need extra trims.

Paw care – Snow, ice, salted roads, and chemical deicers can do a number on your pet’s sensitive paw pads. You can keep their tootsies in great shape by wiping them with a clean towel each time they come in from outside, making sure to remove chunks of ice and other debris. For added protection, consider applying some paw wax before taking a trek in the snow.

Those pearly whites – Taking care of your pet’s teeth may not seem like part of a home pet grooming routine, but it should be for every pet owner. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to prevent dental disease and the problems associated with it. We would be happy to demonstrate proper technique at your pet’s next wellness exam.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff  for more information on home pet grooming.