Pet grooming is an important issue that needs to be addressed on a routine basis. If you are a cat or dog owner, and you are having difficulty with grooming your pet on your own, contact Silicon Valley Pet Clinic in Santa Clara to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Here are the benefits of regular grooming, how you can groom your pet on your own at home, and what to expect during a grooming appointment at our facility.
The Benefits of Grooming Your Pet
If you do not groom your pet regularly, he or she will likely appear unkempt. Pets without routine grooming tend to have matted fur, body odor, and nails or claws that could become snagged on carpeting. A pet that is groomed will be less likely to suffer from a parasite problem and will have a shiny coat. The pet will be safer with clipped claws or nails. He or she will also not have dried mucus around the eyes or a buildup of ear wax.
How to Groom Your Pet at Home
A cat or dog requires a bath whenever it seems dirty or if it comes into contact with a chemical or a skunk. To bathe your pet, fill your bathtub or sink with several inches of warm water. Gently place your pet into the water and wet the fur. Lather the damp fur with a pet shampoo and rinse it out completely after it has been distributed over the body. Make sure to use a hairdryer to remove excess moisture from your pet afterward. If desired, brush or comb your pet when the fur has dried.
A pet's claws or nails should be kept at a short length so they do not cause disturbances when walking. A pair of cat or dog nail clippers can be purchased from a pet supply store. During a grooming session, use a warm washcloth to remove dirt from around the eyes, nose, and ears. Make sure to brush your pet's teeth often using a meat-flavored paste and a pet toothbrush as well.
What Our Veterinarian Will Do to Help
When you contact our veterinarian for a grooming appointment, we will first check over your pet from head to tail to rule out any medical issues. If a medical issue is found, we will discuss some possible treatment options. Our veterinarian will then take the same steps as listed above to clean your pet's body in the comfort of our office. Grooming your pet at a vet’s office does ensure proper cleaning and helps avoid making a mess at home.
Pet Grooming in Santa Clara, CA
If you need help with pet grooming, contact Silicon Valley Pet Clinic in Santa Clara, CA, to schedule an appointment for a wellness visit and cleaning session. Call our veterinarian today at (408) 248-3844 to find out more about the many veterinary services we have available.