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Grooming Your Pets at Home


Regular grooming of your pet's coat will keep it clean and healthy, and time spent grooming increases the bond between you and your pet. Half of dog owners perform grooming themselves at home, with an incidence even higher among owners of large dogs. These tools and tips will help ease the grooming process at home.

Frequent brushing helps prevent hairballs and enhances the coat's natural luster. Brush in the direction of hair growth, from head to tail and then down the legs. Use flowing strokes, separating the hair as needed. To fluff the coat, brush against direction of hair growth. Avoid removing too much hair at one time. Watch for mats behind ears, on chest, stomach and hind legs.

For coats with mats or tangles, use a comb or rake to detangle the hair prior to brushing. Starting at the head, move toward the tail, then down the legs using long strokes that follow the direction of hair growth. 

Be sure to accustom your pet to having its nails trimmed at an early age to make the experience an enjoyable one and increase the bond between you and your pet. It is important to your pet's well-being to keep the nails properly trimmed. Holding the paw firmly, trim tip of nail with a single stroke. Be careful to stop short of the quick, the blood vessel inside the nail.

To use a shedding blade, gently pull the toothed side through your pet's coat. Begin at the head, working toward the tail following the direction of hair growth. Be sure to thoroughly groom the chest, underbelly and hind legs.

This grooming chart will help you find the combs, brushes and tools needed to properly groom your specific dog or cat breed.

Safari® by Coastal offers a wide selection of grooming tools to meet your pet’s needs for a happy, healthy pet and home.

Prepare for Flea and Tick Season

FleaandtickAs the weather gets nicer your pet will most likely be spending more time outdoors and become more susceptible to bringing summer pests into the home. It is important to protect pets from fleas and ticks and know the proper steps for treating them.

The best way to avoid fleas and ticks is by taking preventative measures. The most common prevention methods are topical treatments that are generally applied once a month to your pet’s back. Oral and injectable treatment options are also available. Different brands and methods may treat different common pests, like fleas, ticks and other pests, so be sure to note the capabilities of the treatment you’ve selected.  Sprays and flea collars can be effective prevention methods if used properly and reapplied per the directions on the product. You can also take preventative measures in your outdoor space. Fleas tend to be in warm, moist, shady areas with organic debris so focus efforts on taking care of leaves, straw, grass clippings, etc.  

If you find a flea or tick the problem should be addressed immediately for the health of your pet.

A pet that spends a lot of time outdoors should be checked regularly for ticks so it can’t move from your pet to a person or another pet. This will also help catch a tick before the 24 to 48 hours it takes a tick to transmit an infection. A tick can be removed using a clean pair of tweezers or tick remover. Be sure to pull the tick straight out and remove all of it, including the head. If a part of the tick is left behind it can cause infection. The wound should be treated with a disinfectant and treated with a triple antibiotic ointment.        

Flea bites can be painful and itchy and some pets can have an allergy to the flea saliva, which causes red skin, scabs and hair loss from scratching and biting. When the pet bites and grooms it ingests adult fleas that may carry tapeworms, a parasite that lives in the intestines. A large flea infestation may also cause a pet to become anemic from blood loss. Bathing an infected pet with a flea shampoo will help to kill the adult fleas. Flea combs can be used to help pull adult fleas out of the hair. Keeping up with bathing or using an above mentioned prevention treatment is imperative to ridding your pet of fleas because they have multiple stages in their life-cycle.

If your pet brings fleas into the home it will need to be treated while the pet is undergoing treatment. Vacuum high traffic areas every day and the entire home thoroughly once a week. Putting a flea collar in the vacuum will help to kill fleas quicker, but make sure to empty the vacuum and discard bags after each use. Flea foggers, powders and sprays can be used on carpets, furniture and baseboards to kill adult fleas and stop the development of eggs and larvae. The pet’s bedding should be washed weekly until the home and pet are clear of fleas.

Keeping up with flea and tick prevention and treatment will ensure a happy and healthy pest free summer with your pets.