Your pets are part of your family, which is why being proactive about their health is so important. Everyone knows to go to the pet doctor when an animal is sick, but routine pet grooming can keep your furry friend feeling—and looking—good in between visits. According to the animal care experts at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital in Waipahu, HI, there are three basic grooming practices that will help keep your dogs and cats in optimal health.
To keep your four-legged friends healthy and happy, make sure you:
- Have Their Nails Clipped Regularly: It can be painful for dogs and cats to walk if they have overgrown nails. Regular nail trims will prevent pain and infections. You can either cut their nails yourself at home with a nail trimmer made especially for pets or bring them to your local dog groomer or veterinarian. Generally, it’s best to trim your pet’s nails every two to three weeks.
- Brush Their Fur: Dogs and cats need regular brushing to keep their fur from getting tangled, or “matted.” Mats in your pet’s fur can harbor dirt and oils that will lead to painful skin infections. They’ll also tug on your pet’s skin, causing discomfort and pain.
- Give Them Regular Baths: Your pet needs regular baths to keep their skin and coat clean and healthy. Cats usually bathe themselves and don’t need you to do it often unless there is a medical issue. Dogs, on the other hand, need regular cleaning. Because different dogs have different bathing requirements, ask your veterinarian about their needs.
Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital has been the area’s leading provider of veterinary services since 1972. In their more than 40 years of practicing pet medicine, their team of animal care experts has worked to maximize the quality of life of every pet they see. This includes encouraging pet owners to groom their furry friends regularly. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (808) 671-7387 or visit them online today.