When people think of dog or cat grooming they often think of long-haired pets. However, pets with short-hair also need regular grooming to maintain a healthy skin and coat. Short haired pets can also be some of the worst shedders, leaving fur-ball tumbleweeds around the house. Even if you take your pet to a groomer regularly, you still need to brush your pet in between appointments. Here are a few grooming maintenance tips for pets with short hair.  

1. Maintain a schedule. Brush your pet about three times per week. Maintain a routine grooming schedule so you don’t forget. 

2. Brush safely. Pets with short hair can be scraped or burned by the wrong type of brush, from using a brush too frequently in one area, or by brushing with too much pressure. Check out this blog on Brushing Your Pet to learn more about brushes.

3. Try a rubber curry brush. 

A rubber curry brush is safer for grooming a short haired dog or cat than other brushes and will allow you to brush your pet in areas that are difficult to reach such as your pet’s belly.

 

 

4. Bathe your pet. Bathing your pet can help loosen up dead fur, dirt and debris, but over bathing can dry out your pet’s skin. You should bathe your pet about once per month. You can even use your rubber curry brush to scrub your dog or cat in the tub. Check out these blogs to learn how to give your Dog or Cat a bath.

5. Don’t forget the pawdicure. Not only does your dog or cat need regular grooming, but you should also trim their nails. Check out this blog to learn how to clip your dog’s nails or check out this blog to learn how to clip your cat’s nails. 

6. Dental Health is also important. Make sure you regularly brush your pet’s teeth to maintain those pearly whites. Check out these blogs to learn How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth or How To Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

7. Perform a visual inspection. Check your pet over for lumps and bumps, check inside their ears and clean them if they are dirty. Read these blogs to learn about Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears or Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears

8. Keep it positive. Take frequent breaks, praise and reassure your pet, and reward them using tasty Freeze-Dried Treats for Dogs or Vital Cat Treats.

9. Reduce shedding through diet. Try switching your pet to a raw diet such as Vital Cat Food or Vital Essentials Dog Food. A raw diet can benefit your pet by encouraging the growth of a thick, shiny coat and may even help reduce shedding. 

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