How often should you groom?
Unless your pet has gotten into something extremely dirty or smelly, you should be able to get by with periodic bathing sessions. Bathing too frequently can dry out the animal’s skin and remove natural oils. However, owners should consider brushing their dog or cat every few days to remove hair mats, control shedding and distribute the beneficial oils around the skin or coat. In addition, you should periodically clip the animal’s nails, check ears for dirt and insects, and brush teeth.
To make the session more comfortable, don’t force the animal to do something that makes them scared or aggressive. When they’re a puppy or kitten, familiarize the animal with the tools you will use. Softly touch the areas to be groomed and brushed with your fingers — especially the face, ears, paws and teeth/gums — and start small. It can sometimes help to tire the dog or cat out before a grooming session and to include lots of treats.