Why is “grooming” an important routine for your pet?
Grooming provides many health benefits for your pet, which may not be immediately obvious.
Bathing your dog when needed is an important part of general pet care. For dogs and cats with healthy skin and a healthy coat, the most common reason to bathe is to remove unpleasant odours or dirt that has accumulated on their fur. The benefits of bathing can include cleaning the skin and coat, which helps to remove loose hair, scale and debris and improve the hair coat’s shine.
Brushing your dog or cat is also key, as it ventilates their coat, helping it grow healthy and strong and takes away old and damaged hair. Grooming also ensures that your dog and cats’ skin can breathe and keeps down the level of grease in their coat.
However, the grooming routine does not finish just after brushing or shampooing your pet. During daily brushing, you should also check the eyes, nose and paws of our furry friend, which also need care.
Why shouldn’t you use human care products for your pets?
There are some small but significant differences between human skin and that of dogs and cats. Besides the lack of sweat glands, another significant difference lies in the skin pH value. Different mammals also have different pH values. The average pH value of the skin of a dog and a cat is 7.0-7.5 and 6.5 respectively (which is in the alkaline range), whereas the pH value of human skin is in the acidic range at 5.0. Therefore, it is extremely important to use a shampoo that is adapted to the specific needs of your pets’s skin and that has a balanced pH value of approx. 7.0-7.5 for dogs and 6.5-7.0 for cats. This is the only way to preserve the protective function of the skin’s hydrolipid film, which means irritations can be actively avoided, even after frequent bathing.
How should you start grooming your pet at home?
Start grooming your pet as a puppy or kitten. Choose times when they are tired and less energetic. Limit your grooming sessions to a few minutes, as young pets have short attention spans. Talk in a reassuring manner and check their eyes, ears, teeth, paws, and nails. Over time, your pet will become used to the grooming ritual and enjoy being handled and inspected. Offer them a tasty treat as a reward afterwards.
Grooming is a great bonding time! The more regularly you do it, the more they will get used to it and it should become a soothing relaxing experience for you both.