duminică, 12 august 2007

Pet care

Every dog and cat, regardless of size, breed, age or coat type, needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Regular grooming can prevent problems such as excessive shedding, skin and paw disorders, painful mats, and bad breath, as well as help you identify other problems that might go unnoticed without the extra attention.
Healthy skin, hair, nails and teeth are what define a well-groomed dog. Dog grooming is the practice of caring for the appearance of a canine for personal or showing purposes. Grooming rituals include washing, hair clipping and cutting, nail clipping, powdering, hair styling, and teeth cleaning. Grooming is important for your pet and is more than aesthetically pleasing to owners. It is great for cutting down on shedding and smell, but will keep your pet’s skin, hair, nails and teeth healthy. Grooming is also a great way to cut down on allergies and infection for both pets and their owners.
Good grooming habits begin with puppy care. All puppies should be taught to sit, stand, or lie down to have their bodies checked over and their hair combed. Grooming provides bonding time. In the wild, wolves and other canines groom each other as part of the social interaction of the pack or family group. Dog incisors (the front teeth) are an effective comb; the little nibbles they etch on the bodies of pack mates stimulate the skin and have a calming effect. Puppy owners can also use grooming as pleasurable time with their new family member.

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