In the spirit of National Animal Welfare Month, there’s a lot of talk about how important overall pet health is. Here are five (less obvious) health tips to keep in mind so your canine and feline friends can enjoy long, healthy lives!
Keep Up With Shaving
Just like humans, our pets need good grooming habits. While monthly bathing is important, people often overlook other dirty details that contribute to your pet’s overall health.
- Brushing (every other day): Stimulates the skin and ensures that natural oils can circulate. It also reduces the risk of hair buildup, irritation or hairballs. Brushing removes excess hair from the coat, reducing the amount of hair you find on your clothes and furniture.
- Haircut (variable): some breeds need to have their hair cut or shaved regularly. This prevents it from matting and, depending on the local climate, from overheating in the summer.
- Nail Trimming (2-4 weeks): nails that are too long are more prone to snagging, breaking or cracking, which can lead to more discomfort or injury.
- Ear Cleaning (1 time per week): Keeping the inner surfaces of your dog’s ears clean is not only pleasant for your dog, but also a good way to prevent the accumulation of earwax and ear infections (unpleasant odor).