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A guide to grooming your pets at home

If you have cats and dogs, you’ll be all too aware that they’re shedding at the moment. This is due to increased daylight hours stimulating the hair to grow, shed, and replace itself.

But with access to pet grooming services restricted during the COVID-19 crisis, keeping your pet comfortable and well-conditioned – and your house fuzz-free – could become a challenge.

To help those wishing to establish their own grooming routine – and shedding under control –  the team at VioVet.com offer their top tips for managing your pets at home;

Groom often. Despite what you might think, short-haired breeds are often higher shedders, as their hairs have a much shorter life cycle and therefore replace themselves at a faster rate. All breeds shed to an extent, even ‘non-shedding’ breeds will shed a little bit, and hairless breeds will shed skin instead of hair.

It is important to remove the loose hair frequently to aid the hair renewal process and stimulate the hair follicle and skin. This encourages better circulation and also removes dandruff and debris. Not only this, but regular grooming helps enhance the condition and improve coat shine, for a healthy-looking pet. By paying close attention to the skin and coat, it will allow you to notice problems early, including cases of dry skin and irritation, as well as the presence of unwanted parasites like fleas and ticks. Hairball problems will also be minimised as there will be less loose hair for your cat to ingest.

Supplement. If you’re concerned about the health of your pet’s skin and coat, it is important to consult your vet. It may be that your pet has a food or environmental allergy which is causing irritation and itching. In some cases, a dull coat can also indicate illness, so it is always worth seeking advice. It may be that part of the recommended treatment is involving a supplement into your pet’s diet, such as one containing high levels of Omega oils. 

Nail clipping. While this isn’t strictly related to shedding, keeping an eye on your pet’s claws is an important aspect of grooming. If you find nail clipping problematic and not something your pet tolerates very well, your vet can always assist. In the absence of a vet,  here is some information on nail clipping at home, which you might find useful.

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