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    Pampering 101: Grooming Tips for Pets

    Just like us, our pets need regular grooming. It helps them look their best while keeping their fur and skin healthy. Here are some easy grooming tips and tricks to help your pet put his best paw forward:

    • Wear 'em out! Before each session, spend some time playing with your pet. Take him on a long walk or toss his favorite toy to put your pet in a good mood and burn off extra energy. 
    • Easy does it! At first, keep the grooming sessions short. Gradually work your way up from a couple of minutes to get your pet used to the process. 
    • We should do this how often? If your pet has short hair, you'll only need to brush or comb him once a week. Long or easily matted coats need daily care. 
    • Unsure of what brush to buy? Slicker, pin, bristle, rubber — there are so many choices! Check with your veterinarian or a professional groomer to get recommendations for a specific type of brush that will work best for your pet. 
    • Rub a dub in the tub! Pets also need to be bathed every few months. Dogs need more frequent bathing than cats, who keep themselves relatively clean. Be sure to use a pet-friendly shampoo! 
    • You want to do what to my nails? Before you jump into nail clipping, spend some time getting your pet accustomed to you handling his paws. Give a gentle paw massage a few times a day for at least a week before you attempt to clip his nails. Cut just the tip of each nail, being careful to avoid the quick (the pink area inside the nail). 
    • Share the love! To help your pet associate good thoughts with grooming, give him plenty of praise throughout the session. When you finish, offer his favorite treat. 

    Caring for your pet's skin and hair doesn't have to be a painful process. Use these grooming tips to make it fun and easy for both you and your pet! 

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