Health Maintenance and Grooming For Dogs and Cats

While humans can easily brush their teeth at home, this simply isn’t the case for pets. Luckily cat grooming and dog grooming, unlike a dental cleaning, does not require general anesthesia, which is normally necessary to enable a dentist to completely clean a cat or dog’s teeth. Certified groomers have the ability to get along peacefully with animals, a product of their training and affinity for animals. They are professionals with a practiced sense of gentility with pets, imparting the grace of patience that seems to be understood and appreciated by most of the dogs and cats a pet groomer will encounter on a daily basis.

Grooming is not only aesthetically pleasing but can also improve an animal’s overall health. For example, nails that a dog is resistant to have cut might grow too long and injure someone in the household or break off and become infected. Unclipped nails also affect a dog’s ability to walk and might eventually lead to arthritis.

It is sometimes advisable to bring the pet in for a consultation to discern whether or not it has any special needs or concerns, especially if those needs require special treatment or equipment that a pet owner does not have at home. Most grooming salons offer consultations with certified groomers who can conduct a screening of the animal prior to grooming.

The groomer will normally check the overall physical condition for example, the nostrils to make sure that they are not overly dry, cracked, and irritated; the fur is inspected making sure it is not matted and dull looking with soars, lumps, and bumps underneath; broken, irritated teeth; and abnormal odors from within the ear canals, are some of the symptoms that may indicate a more serious health concern.

It is often convenient to have a full service grooming done on a pet during its stay at a pet boarding facility. For pet owners residing in the Los Angeles area, there is All Star Pet Resort, a pet hotel and day care facility, offering a full array of services, such as earwax swab removal, flea and tick removal, sanitary/hygiene clip, conditioner rinse, and cut and shave for matted hair.

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