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Feeling Ruff? Why Grooming is Essential to Pet Mental Health

Blog Home Apr 30, 2021

Have you ever noticed how much happier and confident your pet looks after coming home from the groomers? This isn’t actually too surprising (think how you feel when you’ve had a fresh new cut!). 

Just like us, our pets need regular grooming to keep them in tip top condition.

However, our pets can’t just jump in the shower, wash, dry and brush their fur. This leaves them open to external parasite infestations and fur matting, which can cause a lot of discomfort for your pet. 

As pet wellness experts, we know a thing or two about keeping your pet happy and healthy. We recommend regular grooming and parasite control as part of your routine.


What are the benefits of grooming my pet?

Grooming helps with the elimination of mats, ticks, fleas and lice – all of which can be of irritation to your pet. 

Grooming also helps you keep on top of your pet’s general wellbeing. If you neglect frequent grooming, it can be easy to miss things like rashes, inflammations, and lumps. These can all be signs of an underlying health issue, and require veterinary attention. 

In cats, grooming can help eliminate hairballs, which, if left to their own devices, can cause stomach or intestinal blockages.

Regular grooming can also bring your attention to potential flea infestations. Battling a flea infestation can be tough. That’s why it’s important to bite back fast and cut off an infestation before it’s had time to establish.

Neglecting grooming can not only impact your pet physically, but it can affect your pet’s mental health, too. Irritation and discomfort from unwelcome parasites or skin conditions can lead to aggressive behaviour (just think how we feel on a bad hair day!).

Regular grooming can increase that special bond between you and your furry best friend. It’s important to get the used to grooming so that it doesn’t end up being a stressful experience for them.


How do I groom my pet?

The best thing you can do to aid grooming is to build a routine.

The most important step in building a routine is ensuring it is tailored to the needs of your pet, so build your own schedule! 

No one ever said that all grooming has to take place in the space of a few hours, or even on the same day.

If you have a particularly fussy feline or a prima-donna pooch, space out your grooming activities. This could mean brushing and washing your pet one day, and clipping nails the next!


What areas do I need to groom?

There are several areas on your pet that all require attention when grooming. 

It’s essential that the grooming process is divided up with lots of positive reinforcement – plenty of ‘who’s a good boy’ and, of course, treats.

The areas you’ll need to cover are:

  • Fur: Regular brushing is essential. Different coat types require a different brush, so do your research first. Brushing helps prevent the fur matting, and using a Flea Comb allows you to check for fleas, ticks, and lice. 
  • Ears: You need to clean your pet’s ears at least once a month. Use an ear cleaner to help prevent wax build-up and ear infections. 
  • Eyes: Make sure that your pet’s eyes are clear, with no cloudiness. Clean any gunk in the corner of their eyes – if you don’t want to do this with your fingers, use some pet-friendly wipes.
  • Some breeds have fur that grows around their eyes, which can cause irritation. Be sure to carefully cut this away. But if you’re not comfortable, visit a groomer and leave it to the experts!
  • Teeth: Pet’s are very prone to gum disease as they can’t brush their own teeth (damn the lack of opposable thumbs!). You should ideally brush your pet’s teeth every day. Be sure to use a pet friendly toothpaste.
  • Nails: Overgrown nails can cause your pet problems with walking. Pets that walk on the pavement regularly will not need as frequent nail trimming (as the pavement will be doing the filing for you!). In most cases, once a month will be suitable. Be very careful not to cut them too far back, dogs have a vein in the nail that you would rather not clip! 

Whilst cats are self-groomers, dog’s require more frequent washing. Ideally, between 1-3 months for most dog breeds and sizes. Be sure to use a pet-friendly shampoo and avoid it from getting in your pet’s eyes.


What can Itch do to help?

One essential way to ensure good pet hygiene is to protect your pet from parasites, all year round! Itch offers a monthly subscription to protect you pet against fleas, worms, ticks and lice. It’s delivered straight to your door, meaning you’ll never forget to protect your pet again. 

Itch also offers a range of well-being products, such as Itch Ear. This helps clean the ear canal and restore microbalance. It also has lavender oil to keep them from stinkin’ up the place! 

Itch Dental helps prevent plaque build up and stops smelly breath. This comes ready to use daily and applied directly to your pet’s gums and teeth.

Add Itch well-being products to your pack to make sure your pet is their healthiest and happiest self!