Grooming


February 20th, 2013

Why is Grooming Important?

  • It allows you to bond with your pet.
  • Regular grooming allows you to perform health checks
  • Removing loose and excess fur helps prevent hairballs in cats and rabbits
  • It improves circulation and improves coat condition by bringing out natural oils from the skin
  • Removing loose and excess hair helps to keep pets cool in hot weather
  • Reduces likelihood of skin complaints and itching

The coat/hair type will influence how often the pet needs to be groomed. Most pets will moult a little throughout the year but have a larger shed in Autumn and Spring; grooming time will need to be increased during those times to help rid the pet of dead shed hair. It is a good idea to start grooming when the pet is young to allow them to get used to it, especially if they have a long or thick coat! Grooming should be an enjoyable experience for the pet.

Short & Smooth Coated Breeds

Example:

  • Smooth Coat Jack Russell, Whippet, Siamese, short coat moggie

Average Grooming Required:

  • one to four times monthly

Even short haired pets need to be groomed; some of these breeds also moult considerably so grooming is required to keep this in check! If the pet has a very thin coat (like a Whippet) make sure you’re not heavy handed – it will cause discomfort and they will not enjoy the grooming experience.

Medium Coated Breeds

Example:

  • Labrador

Average Grooming Required:

  • Once per week

Thick & Double Coated Breeds

Example:

  • GSD, Akita, Husky, Pomeranian, Collie, Golden Retriever

Average Grooming Required:

  • At least once per week

Neglecting to groom double coated breeds regularly will result in heavy matting and discomfort. Removing loose undercoat is an absolute must; both for matt prevention and to keep pets cool in warm weather. Dogs like Golden Retrievers are heavy shedders so removing dead hair is essential.

Long & Fine Coated Breeds

Example:

  • Persian, Ragdoll, Shih Tzu, Yorkie, Poodle (full coat), Afghan, Lhasa Apso

Average Grooming Required:

  • Daily

Daily grooming is essential for most long or fine coated breeds, their coats become matted very easily, causing discomfort. Recommend:

  • Use an anti-tangle Comb or Rake (Comb with Rotating Teeth) to comb through the coat
  • Use a Wide Tooth Comb for curly coats
  • Once thoroughly brushed, use a Slicker Brush, Pin Brush or Double Brush to give the coat a good finish; be careful not to pull the coat, always be gentle
  • A Flea Comb or Fine Tooth Comb is great for grooming the face
  • Thinning Scissors can be used to thin the coat or trim skirts

Coarse & Wire Coated Breeds

Example:

  • Wire Haired Dachshund, Border Terrier, West Highland Terrier

Average Grooming Required:

  • Once per week

Some wire coated breeds need more grooming than others; Border Terriers can grow a fairly long coat if left un-stripped. Grooming once a week will help remove dead hair, prevent matting and tidy up the coat. Recommend:

  • The Furminator is a great alternative to ‘stripping’, it removes dead hair and does not alter the texture of the coat. A Stripping Knife is also great for wire coats.
  • For general grooming – Pin Brush Zoom Groom, Double Brush
  • Shaving the coat is not recommended as it will alter the coat’s texture
  • A Flea Comb or Fine Tooth Comb is great for grooming the face
  • Thinning Scissors can be used to thin the coat or trim skirts

Small Animals

Rabbits

Rabbits can suffer from hairballs so regular grooming (especially during the shedding seasons) is essential to keep them in good health. The hair can also become wrapped around their teeth and can prevent them from feeding. Long Haired rabbits can become matted easily, causing discomfort. Guinea Pigs and Ferrets will also benefit from regular grooming.

Keep Rabbit and Guinea Pig Bottom areas trimmed and clean especially in the summer to avoid fly strike.

We recommend: Bristle Brush, Double Brush, Ancol Small Pet Slicker Brush, SA Furminator.

Shedding Advice

  • Pets can shed all year round, but shed more in the Autumn and Spring
  • Feeding a high quality food rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will help to reduce shedding
  • The more you groom, the less the pet will shed
  • Using a Furminator will help to reduce shedding by up to 90%
  • Rubber brushes are great for removing loose hair

Hygiene

When grooming check teeth, nails and ears to ensure they’re clean and healthy (and nails are not overgrown).

Nail Trimming

  • Two main types of nail clippers are sold – Guillotine and Scissor type
  • Always use the correct size clippers so that you do not cut too much off at once
  • Pets may need nails cutting every three months – this varies
  • There is a blood vessel supplying the nail called the ‘quick’, this is visible in clear nails but invisible in black nails, you must be very careful not to cut the nail too short
  • Using a pet Nail File helps to take away sharp edges
  • The electric nail file is great for most pets and is very safe
  • Trimmex helps to clot the blood if the ‘quick’ is cut

Product Specifics

Furminator

Reduces shedding by up to 90%, removes dead and excess hair, and improves coat condition, tools available for cats and dogs.

Zoom Groom

The rubber brush does not yank or pull the coat; it gently massages the skin whilst removing dead hair and dust. The massage action can be used to help calm anxious pets, and they are great for hairball prevention in cats. Easy to clean and can be used when bathing your pet. Suitable for most pets but most effective for short haired breeds.