Guidelines for Grooming Your Pet

The sole purpose of pet grooming isn't just to show off your four-legged family member at special competitions. Maintaining your pet's appearance and hygiene is essential to a healthy, long lifespan. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are specialists called caretakers or animal service workers who will bathe, train, water, groom, and exercise animals for a fee. Special creative services, such as toenail painting and fur dying are also offered. These professionals tend to work in kennels, animal shelters, veterinary hospitals or clinics, zoos, or animal daycare facilities. Some of them work independently by either pet sitting in the homes of their clients or bringing animals to their own houses to care for them.

Information About Grooming Cats and Dogs

Although there's a host of professionals who are available to deliver pet care services, it's important to know how to care for your pet in between visits in order to help them stay neat and clean. Most pet owners keep a variety of grooming supplies handy. Helpful tools include, but aren't limited to, scissors, clippers, shampoo, conditioner, rakes, dryers, brushes, toothbrushes, special toothpaste, and flea control products. Bathing tubs, perfumes, and hair accessories may also be used.

Clipping and trimming your pet's fur is crucial to preserving its beauty. It's also a good idea to consistently cut their nails, as long nails become painful for them as they continue to grow. Trimming them also helps prevent them from scratching and hurting you.

Bathing pets helps get rid of odor, matted hair, and bugs. Most dogs require two consecutive baths to be considered fully clean. Using shampoo and conditioner helps preserve the natural coat of your animal and enhances shine.

Stripping, or the removal of dead hair, is also necessary to maintain your pet's outward appearance. Many people use their hands to perform the task, while others use a stripping knife.

Additional Rules for the Safety and Health of Your Pet

1. Keep track of your pet's diet: One of the primary requirements involved with preserving your pet's interior is to give it foods with nutritional value. This means keeping your dog or cat away from candy and other edible items that don't agree with their unique digestive systems. Otherwise, you could have a sick pet and incur numerous medical bills trying to make Fido or Whiskers well again.

2. Take your pet for routine check-ups: It's never good to assume that your dog or cat only needs to see a veterinarian when they're in bad health. You should take your pet to its doctor for regular visits to prevent them from getting sick later, to receive vaccinations, and to have tests taken, if necessary.  


Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2011). US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

American Animal Hospital Association. (2011).