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Regular brushing, bathing, and nail care are essential. Protect your puppy's eyes and ears when bathing, and don't allow the puppy to become chilled after bathing--wrap your puppy in warm towels and hold them to keep them warm. Your veterinarian may recommend that you do not bathe your puppy when it is younger than 10 to 12 weeks unless absolutely necessary (especially if your puppy is one of the smaller breeds) to ensure they do not become to cold. It is proven that the smaller the animal, the harder to keep warm. Keep this in mind for all small breed dogs.

In some breeds, it is necessary for regular grooming. Professional grooming is often needed in long haired dogs. By regularly grooming your dog, shedding can be reduced, and your pet will live a happier life without tangles and mats. However, never use scissors on your pet; this is dangerous for your pet as they often wiggle without warning.

Nail trimming is crucial to some pets. Occasionally, pets will chew their nails and are able to maintain them themselves. But, usually trimming is required. Try having your dog run on asphalt/cement as this will act a natural sander for your pets' nails. Never trim past the quick (pink) as this will hurt your pet and the nail will bleed. In such cases, flour or corn starch are good at stopping the bleeding. If you are not comfortable with trimming your own pets' nails, it is a good idea to call your veterinarian for a professional trimming. 

Please visit the Animal Humane Society website for more information!


Cats do a good job of grooming themselves, but regular brushing to prevent matting of hair is important. Cats rarely need a bath, but one can be given if necessary. Cats object to bathing in slippery tubs, so give your kitten something to cling to, such as a wood platform or a wire screen. Use a shampoo designed for cats and kittens, as some dog shampoos may be irritating.

Place cotton balls in the kitten's ears to keep out water and use an ophthalmic ointment (obtain one that is safe for kittens from your veterinarian) in its eyes to prevent burning from shampoo. Towel dry the kitten completely and gently comb out any mats. Kittens' teeth should be carefully brushed on a regular basis. Your veterinarian can provide you with an appropriate toothbrush, dentifrice, and instruction on how to perform this task so that your kitten learns to accept this as part of its daily care.

For great kitty grooming tips, visit the ASPCA website!

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