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Common Mistakes in Home Pet Grooming

When dog owners attempt pet grooming at home, there are several common mistakes that are made. Pet grooming is a skill, but with the right equipment and patience it can become a household duty that will save both time and money. Trust is loss once pain is inflicted and your pet may not treat you the same afterward.

The first common mistake is waxing close to the skin while shaving. The clippers can leave a nasty razor burn that can open its way to later infections. If you accidentally give your pet a burn while grooming, stop and apply first aid. Add some anti-bacteria salve and if possible clean the wound. Hug you pet and let it know that you repent and it was an accident. Though they might not understand words, your pet will understand the tone and will react accordingly. The emotional pain is equally as bad as the physical. Watch the wound carefully and if it becomes red or issues puss, contact your veterinarian immediately. If the animal licks or otherwise irritates the wound, you might choose to get a protective plastic collar to stop the behavior.

Another mistake in novice pet grooming is getting shampoo or other chemicals in your pet’s eye. Either from your mistake or from the animal’s head movement soap can splash. This unintentional act will sting your pet’s eyes and result in an unpleasant pet grooming experience. Wash the soap out with water or saline solution and dab the corners of the eye with a sterile cloth. Soothe you animal and aim to take the focus off their eyes and maybe gain their attention by showing them a favorite toy or ball. Hold the toy up so the animal can check it out. Move the toy in and out. As your pet tracks the toy, look at their eyes for signs of irritation.

A possible fatal mistake in pet grooming is leaving your animal unrestrained or loose during grooming. Your dog and cat can put themselves in dangerous situations by trying to escape the pet grooming activity. You may even want to put a muzzle on your pet to protect both you and them.

Pet grooming is best left to a professional. The bonding time with the animal is another perk to grooming your pet yourself.

When dog owners attempt pet grooming at home, there are several common mistakes that are made. Another mistake in novice pet grooming is getting shampoo or other chemicals in your pet’s eye. A possible fatal mistake in pet grooming is leaving your animal loose or unrestrained during grooming. Your dog and cat can put themselves in dangerous situations by trying to escape the pet grooming activity. The bonding time with the animal is another perk to grooming your pet yourself.

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