There are so many things that contribute to pet wellness that someone dedicated the whole month of October to its importance. From diet and exercise to proper training and socializing, there are a lot of things your pet needs to maintain their best self. One facet of pet wellness we feel is often underestimated is grooming… and, seeing as that’s kind of our thing, we wanted to take a second to recap all of the small things that make a big difference to pet wellness.
- Teeth. Your pet’s teeth are a major, major player in the game of pet health. Keeping them clean is one of the best ways to keep them strong, so make sure in addition to at-home cleanings once a week they go in for a professional one at least once a year.
- A healthy coat is the sign of healthy skin and, seeing as the skin is their largest organ, it plays a major part in your pet’s wellness. Keeping their coat clean and brushed allows for the natural oils to evenly disperse and keep their skin nourished. (Added bonus: it helps with shedding, too!) If you notice your pet’s hair noticeably thinning, dulling, or falling out, talk with your veterinarian.
- Keeping pets’ nails trim avoids discomfort and injury. Some pet’s nails will stay naturally trim while others will need your assistance. How often an animal needs their nails trimmed varies, but be sure to do it before you can see the nails resting on the ground.
- If left untreated, ear infections can cause permanent damage to a sense your pet relies on daily. It’s important to check your pet’s ears regularly for any excess redness or buildup and gently clean them. If the build up is pretty significant and has an odor, chances are it’s an infection that will need a veterinary-prescribed cleaner to eliminate it.