The Importance of Grooming Your Pet

When you own a cat or a dog, it is essential to keep them groomed. Of course, grooming includes brushing your pet’s fur and trimming his nails, but you also need to check out his ears, eyes, and teeth to be sure everything is healthy. According to WebMD, grooming your pet helps you find the first signs of a health issue. Whenever you groom your pet, you should be checking for lumps, bumps, and overall body condition. 5 Points Animal Hospital understands the importance of grooming pets, and we would like to share some grooming tips with you.

Brush your dog or cat several times a week.The Importance of Grooming Your Pet Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital

Even if your pet has short hair, you should brush him often to cut down on hairballs. Although cats typically will vomit or eliminate hairballs in litter, a large hairball could lead to stomach or intestinal blockages. You may not hear as much about dogs having problems with hairballs, but they can occur.

Routinely check your pet’s eyes and ears.

Your pet’s eyes should be clear and shiny, so if you notice any redness or cloudiness, you should call 5 Points Animal Hospital to be sure there is not a problem. Your pet’s ears should never look red or inflamed as this is a sign of an infection. We recommend using liquid ear cleaners that are designed for pets to prevent infections and are happy to show you how to use this cleaner.

Take care when trimming your dog’s nails.

While cats’ claws are easy to clip, you will need to use caution when trimming your dog’s nails because it can be hard to avoid cutting into the quick, which is the area within the nails that holds blood vessels. Styptic powder will stop the bleeding if you do cut into the quick. If this intimidates you, you can always visit 5 Points Animal Hospital for a professional trim.

Brush your pet’s teeth once a week.The Importance of Grooming Your Pet Image - Nashville Tennessee - 5 Points Animal Hospital

You can find toothbrush kits that are specially made for cats or dogs that include a special toothbrush that fits over your finger and a pet toothpaste. Start slowly by massaging your pet’s muzzle for a week, and then dab your pet’s lips with the toothpaste. You are then ready to introduce your dog or cat to the toothbrush. At first, let your pet play with the toothbrush and chew it. After your pet is used to the brush, you can then brush as many teeth as you can in one sitting.

To keep your pet happy and healthy, regular grooming is very important. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out more grooming tips for your cat or dog.

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