Tender Touch

Asides from grooming your pet to look it’s best why not help it feel it’s best too? Maybe you’re the pet parent that only bathes fido when he starts to stink, but let me change you’re frame of mind by reminding you why your pets fur being clean is actually a good thing for the both of you.

When your pet fur isn’t groomed it can hold dirt, burs, it can get knotted and could become a breeding ground for fleas, tick, or mites.  This dirty hair or fur can hold allergens in it or could build up with dandruff, this can cause your allergy symptoms to sky rocket.  Your pets fur will feel rough, dry or even excessively oily which could cause discomfort resulting in your pet excessive itching and licking their skin.  Grooming your pet can take care of all of these problems, and you don’t need to spend an outrageous amount of time or money to keeping your pet well groomed. There is a big misconception that you need to spend hours to groom your pet when in reality for a healthier coat less time is required per day, instead of grooming your dog for an hour ever few weeks take 5 minutes.

All you need is an appropriate  brush for your animal and 5 or 10 minutes to brush your pets coat. Brushing your pet will help to pull the natural oils from your pets fur letting your pets coat feel softer, helping the hairs become resistant to the natural elements like rain, and dirt, as well as helping there coat shine.   The biggest plus to brushing your pet everyday is that it is a great bonding experience.  Many vets agree that brushing your pet will help you bond, making your pet happier.  Not just is brushing your pet good for him but medical studies also show that grooming your pet, and petting animals is very therapeutic, and can help reduce stress and blood pressure levels.

As well as brushing your pets, bathing them every once in a while is a good idea too. Ask your vet how often your animal needs to be bathed.  Animals that are outside often can track dirt inside. A buildup of mud and dirt between their  paws can cause fungus or bacteria to build up which may lead to other problems.

If  you have cats or dogs then they might have a fungal , or bacterial build up on their face caused by epiphora commonly known as tear stains.  Tear stains can be caused by many things one being  over active or underactive tear production.  You can tell if your light colored pet has tear stains because they will get a brown or red looking tear mark around there eyes.  Many people assume this is caused by crying  it actually marks a buildup of  excessive moisture around the eye area and it turns a dark color when it there is bacteria or fungus building up in that area.  It can mean and be caused by many things and you should see your vet to make sure it isn’t being caused by any ingrown hairs.  If your pet is all clear you can try using a product like http://tear-stain-center.com/four-paws-crystal-eye/ which is marketed to reduce the appearance of tear stains.  You can also check out http://tear-stain-center.com/  for more information on tear stains.  A natural way to get rid of tear stains is by using apple cider vinegar.

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