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A Pet’s Grooming Routine

  • Last updated on January 24, 2012

A proper grooming routine is vital for good health and well being. It consists of:

  • Coat Brushing
  • Nail trimming
  • Bathing 
  • Teeth brushing & dental care
  • Ear care
  • Eye care

Starting when the pet is young is advantageous so they can become accustomed to it. An older pet may take some getting used to. Just take it slow and do whatever the pet will allow, gradually increasing the amount daily. The pet will soon be able to sit through and enjoy an entire session. 

Nail Trimming

It is important to learn the proper way of trimming a pet’s nails. If the nail is clipped too far up, a nerve may be hit. This is very painful for the pet and will cause bleeding. Special pet nail trimmers need to be used.  Keeping the nails trimmed regularly prevents them from overgrowing and causing any injury to the pet. 

Coat Brushing

Brushing a pet’s coat evenly distributes the oil from the skin throughout the hair. That’s what creates the shine! Regular brushing improves circulation, and removes any dirt, dead hair and skin, allowing the coat to regenerate itself. It is particularly important for longhaired pets so their coat stays clean and untangled. 


Regular bathing is important more so for a dog than a cat, as cats are constantly grooming themselves. Brush the coat before bathing to detangle and remove dirt. Small pets can be bathed in the sick, while larger pets in the bathtub. A bathmat prevents them from sliding on the tub’s slippery surface. Placing cotton balls in the ears prevents water from entering and causing an infection. Use warm water to rinse, and lather with a quality pet shampoo while avoiding the eyes and nose. Rinse again and dry the pet off with a nice, fluffy towel. While some dogs enjoy a bath, others hate it. Try to make the experience as pleasurable as possible with lots of love and treats! 

Teeth brushing & dental care

Dental problems can be avoided with an established dental care routine. This consists of brushing a pets teeth with a pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste every day, and taking them to the veterinarian for a check up and if necessary, a cleaning. 

Ear and Eye Care

A pet’s eyes and ears need to be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. A veterinarian will also do this during a routine check up.   

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A proper pet grooming routine is easy to achieve. VIP Sitters team of professional pet stylists are delighted to spruce up your pet in the comfort and convenience of your own home or to arrange transportation from and to one of our lavish grooming studios. Learn more about The VIP Treatment or contact us today!