Help Your Pets Live Their Best Life with Professional Grooming
Pet grooming is a necessary task all dog and cat owners need to take seriously. If a pet does not stay properly groomed, he or she can easily suffer from medical issues as a result. Our team at Costa Mesa Animal Hospital is committed to providing every aspect of quality health care your pet needs. We provide the grooming your pet requires for a healthy life.
Why Pet Grooming Is Important
The type of grooming your pet needs all depends on his or her age, breed, and health. Failure to groom a pet can lead to a variety of difficulties for the animal. A pet that has not been groomed is more likely to ingest a harmful substance, if it ends up in its fur. Your pet can also become sick from bacteria living on the coat. A matted coat can be irritating and even painful to a pet. Dogs with thick coats will need their hair trimmed for the summer to avoid overheating.
In addition to the main body, the ears, eyes, teeth, and nails or claws need to be tended to. Eyes that are not cleaned can fill with mucus. Teeth can suffer from a buildup of tartar if not cleaned. Dogs are prone to using their toes for walking. This is referred to as digitigrade walking. When nails become too long, the ability to walk comfortably on the toes becomes difficult and the gait can suffer. Arthritis and an uneven gait can result, causing your dog to be uncomfortable. Cat claws left untreated will begin to curve and stab the pad causing an infection.
How to Groom Your Pet
To give your dog or cat a bath, fill a basin with warm water, and dip your pet inside. Wet his or her fur and lather them with the proper shampoo. It is important to note that you cannot use human shampoo on cat fur. Use a wet washcloth to remove mucus from around your pet's eyes. Use a pet toothpaste to remove plaque and tartar from their teeth. Some people are afraid to clip a pet's claws or nails. If you use clippers, be sure to clip only the tips to avoid injury. Our team is able to provide this care service to your pet when he or she needs it most.
What Costa Mesa Animal Hospital Can Do to Help
We at Costa Mesa Animal Hospital are available to help your pet with their grooming needs. If you are having difficulty grooming your pet on your own, or if you would like your pet to have an evaluation of their overall health, contact us to make an appointment. We provide quality veterinary care with routine exams and emergency services. We also provide dogs and cats with pet grooming services right in the comfort of our office. This includes teeth cleaning, nail or claw clipping, and other basic grooming tasks. Contact us to see how we can help you and your pet!