Brushing Dogs & Cats
Cat & Dog Brushing Benefits
Many breeds blow their undercoat during season changes, this is when your house all of the sudden becomes a mess of pet hair. Brushing your cat or dog will remove the loose hairs before they fall to the floor. Brushing cats and dogs will remove any tangled or knotted hair. When you brush your pet’s hair it also helps to evenly distribute natural oils, keeping their skin moisturized and healthy. Brushing dogs or cats will also work to remove dirt and grime from your pet’s coat.
Dog Brushing Frequency
How frequently should I brush my dog’s hair? We get this question a lot. The answer is: it depends.
Long-haired dogs can benefit from daily dog grooming if you have the time. Short-haired dogs can get away with less frequent dog brushing. Ultimately there is no such thing as brushing too frequently so long as you’re using the right technique and not going over the same spot too many times. We recommend brushing dogs several times a week with a minimum of once per week. If you’re brushing a long-haired dog we want to at least be brushing a couple times. It’s difficult to set minimums and maximums without taking into account all factors of what makes your dog unique. Call to set up an appointment with us at Portland Maine Pet Grooming and we’ll stop by in our mobile pet grooming vehicle to show you the best methods for grooming your unique companion as well as recommend you some breed specific dog grooming tools. We serve Androscoggin and Cumberland County
Hairballs are Harmless Right?.. Wrong! Read on...
How frequently should I brush my cat? This question is a little less common. We know cats groom themselves, but both you and your cat can benefit from supplemental cat grooming. Most people think hairballs aren’t a big deal since they’re so common…think again. Cat’s swallow a lot of hair into their little stomachs while they’re grooming themselves and the more loose hair they have, the more they consume. Hairballs can turn into intestinal blockages amongst other health issues, not to mention a mess on your floor. If your cat is coughing up a hairball it’s definitely time for a cat brushing. Just like dogs, brushing your cat daily can be beneficial. For long-haired cats we recommend daily cat brushing to prevent irreversible tangles. For short-haired cats once a week is totally fine, however, brushing cats more frequently will only benefit your feline friend. Call us up for advice or have us come to you in our special mobile pet grooming vehicle. We can give you all the best advice on cat grooming as well as recommendations for grooming tools specific to your cat
How to Brush your Pet’s Hair
For comfortability, it’s important to brush in the direction of the natural fur growth. This should be a very relaxing process for your dog or cat so keep the brushing gentle, but still get the brush in there, right down to the skin. Start at one end and work your way to the other. It’s important to use the right tool for your specific breed. Give us a call at Portland Pet Grooming and we’ll be happy to recommend the best products for your pet’s breed. Every animal is different, so we recommend having us stop by in our special mobile pet grooming vehicle to have us give you all the best recommendations and advice on grooming your unique pet. If you live in southern Maine, we’re here to help!
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