Your furry friend works and plays hard like any other animal in White Marsh, MD. He or she deserves proper grooming to ensure their health and overall wellness. At White Marsh Animal Hospital, we have years of experience providing local pet owners with reliable grooming services. Following is information from our veterinarian regarding the importance of keeping your pet well-groomed.
Your cat or dog’s fur protects the skin from harm regardless of whether or not your pet goes outside. It is important to keep your pet’s coat free of individual knots that could cause your furry friend to break skin by pulling on the knot to unravel it.
Fleas and ticks are also factors. Both of these pests tend to latch onto your cat or dog’s coat and bite into the skin. Contrary to some beliefs, fleas and ticks do more than make your pet scratch. An allergic reaction to a flea or tick bite could lead to an unpleasant visit with the veterinarian. It is important, then, to properly groom your pet’s coat and skin to prevent such an emergency.
The best grooming techniques you can practice at home involve using lukewarm water and a mild shampoo that repels both fleas and ticks. Many pet owners prefer organic shampoos derived from natural ingredients that not only smell good but are also good for animals. You should gently work the solution into a lather and rinse thoroughly to ensure there is no residue remaining on the coat or skin. An animal’s reaction to both the water’s temperature and shampoo will serve as a guide on whether you should change your bathing practices.
At White Marsh Animal Hospital, we offer grooming services that include care for your furry friend’s coat, skin, teeth, ears, and more. Professional grooming is also important because it allows our veterinarian to detect infections and other skin problems that may have otherwise gone undetected. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (410) 335-8400.