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Grooming Your Pets at Home

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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.