We often get asked for tips and information on what pet owners can do for their dog or cat in between grooming appointments to help keep them healthy and comfortable. From dog nail clipping to cleaning out your cat’s ears, learning a bit more about your pet’s skin, nails and coat can enable you to support their needs in between their regular grooming visits.
Depending on your pet’s needs, Smoochie Pooch suggests you visit one of our Northern Indiana salons every eight weeks. If your dog or cat would benefit from a one on one experience, don’t forget that we offer mobile pet grooming as well. When your dog is booked in for a grooming appointment, they’ll receive grooming services such as bath, brush, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, haircut, and any other services that support their specific needs. During the time that your furry family member is at home with you, consider implementing a few grooming rituals into your routine to keep them feeling their best.
3 Tips To Help Keep Your Pet’s Grooming On Track
Regular mobile dog grooming or taking your pet to the groomers doesn’t mean that pet owners are completely off the hook when it comes to caring for their furry friend’s hygiene. It may take a little while for you to get used to including these activities in your regular life, but it’s worth making the time to keep your pet happy and healthy.
- 1. Brushing.
In most cases, your dog or cat could benefit from bring brushed at home every other day or daily. Regular brushing will help reduce shedding, prevent matting, and preserve the grooming they received at their last professional appointment. Brushing is also a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your pet by spending some quality time together.
- 2. Nail maintenance.
Cat or dog nail clipping is also important when taking care of your pet, but many people feel a bit intimidated when it comes to doing this at home. While your pet groomer in Indiana will trim their nails as part of their grooming appointment, that doesn’t always mean you can just leave them until their next visit. Pets with long nails can actually lead to joint pain and other medical issues. Start by clipping one nail at a time until you both get used to the process. Ask your groomer for tips on nail clipping as you need to be sure you don’t clip too deep.
- 3. Build comfort with the grooming process.
After your next salon or mobile dog grooming appointment, ask your groomer what seems to make your pet the most uncomfortable. If they consistently have matted fur or are afraid of the hair dryer, start spending some time at home to help with these issues so that they can get more comfortable with the grooming process going forward.
For example, if your pet does not like to be brushed during their appointment, you should focus on showing them and letting them sniff the brush each day and rewarding them for being calm. By helping your pet understand that grooming can be a positive thing for them, they’ll get a lot more out of their experience and you’ll be making great strides in their long term health.
Give Your Pet An Exceptional Grooming Experience With Smoochie Pooch
Pet owners want the best for their pets and that’s exactly what we provide at Smoochie Pooch. With locations in Crown Point, Fort Wayne, Portage, and Valparaiso as well as a mobile pet grooming, we’re able to conveniently support the needs of your cat or dog. Whether your pet has a skin condition or just needs regular grooming to help keep their coat healthy, our experienced and professional groomers can help. Together we can greatly improve your dog or cat’s quality of life. After all, who doesn’t love a happier, healthier pet? Contact us today to book an appointment.