Brushing and combing your pets

Anyone who owns a pet whether they are allergic or not need to know that brushing and combing their pet is an essential and basic aspect of taking care of a pet. Pets require constant grooming, combing, and brushing to keep their hair, skin, and coats clean and healthy. If there is someone in the house that is allergic, brushing and combing your pets hair is even more important because it gets rid of dirt, foreign matter, dander, as well as dead hairs that have dry saliva on them, sebaceous glands, and urine. Remember that brushing and combing prevents hair from shedding into your home and in the environment.

If you are new at the whole experience of having a pet, you will want to start grooming it right away. There are many benefits to grooming and brushing your pet at a young age and the earlier you start this routine the better because your dog or cat will then get used to it. You should talk to your veterinarian and ask him or her what type of brush, comb and or accessories you will need to use for your pet, as there are many different types of coats and hair textures in animals. It's best if you avoid grooming and brushing your pet if you are the type of person that suffers from allergies. However, if this is not possible and you are the only person for the job, make sure you wear a protective mask over your nose and mouth. You should also use a spray bottle to wet your pet's hair a little so as to avoid all the hairs from floating all over the place. If possible, the grooming process should be done outdoors.

Remember when brushing your pet's hair to brush all the way down from the skin; don't just brush the top of the coat. Doing this correctly will ensure getting all of the dander and dead hair out of the coat. There are certain breeds of dogs that have shorter hair and that are a lot easier to comb and brush, whereas if you own a long haired pet, you will need to work at it more. The ideal way to do this is little by little; you can start by using your fingers to separate the dog's hair into smaller sections. Use one of your hands to hold the unbrushed hair out of the way while you work on brushing out a patch of hair with your other hand. Remember to not be forceful while brushing your dog's hair (you don't want to hurt the fellow). Brush each section from the skin outwards gently with sweeping motions. After you have finished, go over the whole dog or cat's body again and double check to make sure there aren't any tangles, knots, or loose dead hairs. After you have finished combing or brushing your pet, make sure you wash the comb or brush and change and wash your clothes right away.

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