Aside from keeping your dog looking great, regular grooming provides health benefits for both you and your pet. Grooming stimulates your pet’s skin and coat promoting healthy growth and also removes excess hair and debris. This helps your pet keep a glossy coat and can also reduce shedding around your home. Regular grooming sessions also give you the chance to thoroughly check your dog or cat’s skin and coat for irritation and parasites such as fleas and ticks.
Step 1: Preparation
Prepare your pet for grooming by removing all knots and tangles prior to bathing or brushing.
Removing knots and tangles helps to avoid irritations and stimulates skin and coat health.
Use the TOTAL CARE Slicker Brush to gently remove tangles from your pet’s coat. This product also provides a massaging affect for your pet to promote healthy skin and coat.
For longer haired pets with more determined tangles, use the TOTAL CARE Stubborn Knot Remover. This product consists of a specially designed blade to gently cut through stubborn knots and matted fur.
After preparing the coat to be free of knots and tangles, use a suitable shampoo to cleanse your dog’s skin and coat. Always use warm water when bathing and use the opportunity to thoroughly check your dog for any signs of parasites such as fleas or ticks, or any irritation. Ensure you rinse thoroughly with clean water and towel dry your dog after bathing. Look in your local supermarket for the TOTAL CARE Shampoo
range for dogs.
Step 2: Brush Style
This step involves removing any loose undercoat and dead hair as well as smoothing out the tangles to leave a polished and healthy coat. For short and smooth haired dogs and cats, use a gentle bristle brushes such as the TOTAL CARE Grooming Brush to remove loose hair and debris as well as massage your pet’s skin to promote healthy hair growth and increase circulation.
The TOTAL CARE Anti Tangle Comb is designed for medium to long haired dogs and cat’s who require more frequent brushing to prevent knots from developing, and to remove any loose hair. Use the TOTAL CARE De Shedder or TOTAL CARE Anti Tangle Comb for longer coats to remove tangles and loose hair.
Many dog and cat breeds shed loose hair, even short haired coats which is why the TOTAL CARE Deshedder is perfect as it safely removes the loose undercoat whilst leaving a radiant polished top coat. The Deshedder helps make your home a healthier environment for those with allergies.
For an easy way to remove flea’s from your pet you may use the TOTAL CARE Flea Comb which has fine, closely spaced teeth to remove fleas and their eggs from your pet’s fur.
- Always brush with the direction of the hair working from towards your pet’s head, and down to the tail end.
- Always use an appropriate grooming tool for your dog size and coat type
- Avoid brushing near delicate areas such as the eyes, nose and ears.
- Do not force out knots, instead gently work through knots with an appropriate grooming tool
- If your dog coat is severely knotted or matted, always seek the help of a professional groomer.
Step 3: Nail Care
Regular nail clipping prevents discomfort and pain for the pet and owner and helps maintain healthy nails.
Nail trimming is recommended on a 2-3 week basis as if neglected for a long enough time, nails can splinter, break, cause an infection, grow into the paw or cause your pet to become entangled or caught on objects.
The TOTAL CARE Nail Clipper is designed to make clipping your Pet’s nails safe and easy. It features a precision cutting blade to safely assist in the trimming of your pet’s nails. The cutting guard helps prevent over-cutting to give you a clean cut and you can lock the clipper in the safety closed position after use.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.