Grooming is an important part of pet care. Depending on the breed, age,and health of your pet, grooming may even need to be a part of you and your pet’s daily routine. Many breeds require less grooming than this, but regular grooming always helps to keep your pet healthy and comfortable. Some breeds don't shed their hair effectively (eg. Poodles) and require grooming by a professional every 6-8 weeks. Long haired cats can particularly benefit from regular grooming as it helps prevent the formation of knots on the skin and hairballs in the stomach.
There are many professional dog groomers available in the local area who can help to make your long-haired canine companion a pampered pooch. During certain times of the year - especially late Spring and Christmas time - dog groomers can be very busy so it is essential to book ahead during these times.
Cats can be more difficult to clip than dogs as the sound of the clippers often causes them to become frightened. Sedation is beneficial in these cases as it helps to keep your cat calmer and stress-free during the procedure. Eastwood Vets provide grooming of matted long-haired cats under sedation in either the popular 'lion-clip' or just belly and bottom clips if these are the only areas affected by matting. Appointments are essential and a day-stay at the Clinic is required.
Grooming at Home
We encourage you to also engage in regular grooming with your pet at home. There are numerous benefits of regular grooming, for example:
- Decreased chance of skin problems
- Less knotting and matting of hair
- Optimal skin cleanliness and comfort for you and your pet
- Improved monitoring of health issues like cuts, heat, swelling, lameness, or changes in temperament.
- Enhanced behavioural routines with obedient submission during grooming periods
- Closer bonding with your pet through regular contact