Questions tagged [grooming]

Questions about keeping your pet clean and maintaining various parts of their body.

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How should you groom a dog with a double coat and severe matting?

In this question, the answers state that there are two types of dog breeds: dogs with a single coat that consists of a coat with a single type of hair, and dogs with a double coat, with an inner coat ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

Specifically, I have a Great Pyrenees. I've had groomers tell me that a dog's fur keeps them cool in hot weather as well as keeping them warm in cold. This argument holds as long as the environment is ...
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Should I do something about my cat getting very dirty?

I've recently started letting my cat outside, which she really enjoys. However, one of her favorite things to do out there is to roll around in the dirt, which of course leaves her filthy. She's ...
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Will my kitten have medium or long hair? [duplicate]

I just adopted this cutie. She is five or six weeks old. I am pretty sure she will not be short haired from the ear tufts, but I'm curious how long you think her hair will be? I have had medium haired ...
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Dog scratching another

I have 2 dogs and one has a tendency to scratch and then lick the other's back. Sometimes it will happen so much a cut appears and a scab afterward. Is this dangerous and how do I stop this behavior?
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How much should I cut off my Dachshund's nails? [duplicate]

My 3 year old Dachshund has long nails and they click when she walks. How much can I clip off safely and how often should I?
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Did the vet cut my dog's nails too short?

I can see red dots inside the cut portion of my dog's nails (not to mention the hang nail). Does this mean that the vet cut them too short? Not sure if this is normal, or if I need to find a new ...
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I need to groom my dog during this covid lockdown

Posting for a friend. She has a poodle cross dog and his coat has grown and needs grooming. Its also curly and dense. She wants to know can she just take a clipper to him and go for it or whether ...
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“Banding” in cat's fur

As shown in the photo of the side of its body below, one of my cat's fur forms bands, while my other cat does not have this issue with its fur. (This is not a result of having ticked fur pattern, but ...
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Why is my cats top fur matted? [duplicate]

What causes my cats matted fur? I think its sap from the bushes she crawls into. Others say long haired cats get knots when they shed.
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Tick fell into dog's ear

3 month old German Shepherd dog. This morning I found a tick in his ear, a bit deeper than usual. I got out a tweezer and carefully got it removed. However it seems the tick has fallen into his ear as ...
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Good quality food for Sphynx cat?

I have recently got a 4 year old Sphynx cat and I was looking for any recommendations for good quality food for him. I read that the food needs to be high in meat and preferably wet food so he gets a ...
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Cat is losing fur around neck and ears. Is it some kind of disease? How to cure it?

There's an outdoor cat who comes to our home very often. I don't know what has happened but her fur around neck has almost gone. Even on her head and ears, the fur has started to fall out. Also she ...
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How clean are pets?

I am troubled and afraid of pets because of hygiene reasons but almost everyone is telling me I should not consider hygiene as a reason to avoid them and be appalled. I am a person that loves hygiene....
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Will adding olive oil to my cat's kibble solve his dandruff issue?

My semi-longhaired cat has had frequent bouts with dandruff. He has a specific kind of dense fur beneath the longer hairs, almost like down or wool which makes grooming him a challenge. I have been ...
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I heard I can't shave my cat's fur because it affects its ability to cool down. Is that true? [duplicate]

We live in a warm climate and have two cats. One of the cats is local and seems fine with the heat but the other one comes from the Northern region and has a lot more fur. In Summer, the heat is ...
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I am planning to trim our budgies nails

I am planning to trim our budgies nails, they are long enough now to do this. Can I use a sharp nail clipper while someone holds them in a soft cloth?
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Help! Rabbit has a circular bald spot. It's very red and has hardened

I was busy a couple days ago and and when I checked on him I found this. Is this from stress? Is this a wound from over grooming? The spot is dry, hard and red. It's circular and very distinct from ...
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Hair Mats in 20 year old cat

My 20 year old male Siamese has stopped grooming himself and has developed numerous hair mats. He will not allow me to tease them out and is not inclined to put up with anyone grooming him. He does ...
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What things are handy to have in a horse owner's kit?

Horses are complex animals to keep as pets. They require a lot of care in ways that may not always be apparent. After many years of accumulating knowledge from research and experience, it would have ...
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What should I use to dye my dog's fur?

I want to dye my dog's fur with a color for part of a costume, and it has to be his whole body. I have read online about using food dye or chalk and am willing to try that but am unsure. I obviously ...
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Is my African Grey's beak too long?

My mom says her parrot's beak is too long and she wants to get a clipper to trim it. I'm not so sure about this. Is his beak too long, and if so, what can we do about it?
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Why does my cat lick her belly until sore? [duplicate]

Hi I’m wondering if anyone can help me because I’m at a serious loss and I don’t know what to do. It’s really frustrating because I have been to the vets constantly over the past two years, to three ...
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My cat has perpetual dry nose - am I making the problem worse?

My cat's nose is perpetually dry, and he will get "boogers" with moderate frequency (similar to eye boogers, dry clumps of something or other with no associated mucous that come free if I pick at them)...
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Is this DIY doggy bath wipe safe?

My friend babysat my 6 month old bulldog puppy and used a DIY dog bath wipes. The recipe was 2 to 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of "my pet's friend" oatmeal enhanced deodorizing shampoo, 1/4 cup ...
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How to get rid of matted hair in cats

I have a Persian male cat. He has many hairballs at his lower part (near the tail). I have searched for solutions from Google, and got some solutions, like: 1 "Give specific cat food which is ...
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Should I pull the dead skin off my gecko's eyeless sockets?

I have an 18 year old leopard gecko. Due to improper care in the past years, he has lost both of his eyes. I have not had any issue removing the dead skin from his eyes until recently, and I just can'...
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Does my dog need to be groomed?

My fiancée and I adopted a Corgi mix about 8 months ago and haven't ever had her groomed and don't know much about her grooming history from her previous owner. We're going to the beach with her in a ...
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Cat's fur not growing back after surgery

My female cat was spayed approximately two years ago. The fur on the area that was shaved for surgery has never grown back. There is a layer of soft downy fuzz, but nothing more. The demarcation ...
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Flea treatment toxicity when mixing flea treatment with shampoo?

I just bathed my dog with sergeants skip-flea & tick shampoo with 0.10% permethrin and 0.50% piperonyl butoxide, technical. My dad then proceeded to almost immediately after apply another flea ...
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When are dachshunds' nails unhealthily long?

This dachshund's nails are cut every 2 months by a professional. Allegedly it is going to be taken to a session in a matter of days. Its owner is very confident that there there is no 'nail problem' ...
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Washed the cat with human shampoo, Help!

This is my first persian pet and I made a horrible mistake by washing the cat with human shampoo. After that we have never seen healthy coat and the cat has continuous hair loss. I came to know that ...
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Can claw caps (like Softpaws) cause infections?

I heard someone assert that claw caps (like Softpaws) can cause infections, but I've used them for several years without any issue. What is the risk of infection? Are there any ways to eliminate/...
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Why do you need to clean a boar guinea pig's genitals?

Apparently, boar pigs need their bits maintained every three weeks. Why? What do they do in the wild? http://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/boar-...
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Why are my dogs getting progressively more scared of the nail grinder?

I got a nail grinder for my dogs because they're big with big nails and nail clippers just don't do that good of a job. I have to admit that I have accidentally nicked a little too much off a few ...
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How is a dog's health affected if he's (almost) never bathed?

So, I have a neighbor on my street who has a Husky/Samoyed mix (he frequently reminds me that he's a kill shelter dog but that they got him DNA tested, hoping they'd find out he was 100% Samoyed). He ...
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My dog can't stop licking his paws

My dog recently developed this mania where he won't stop licking his front paws, not the thick skin under it, but rather the fur as in the "back of his hands" and along the legs. He's always licking ...
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Is it necessary to keep a cat's nails trimmed?

I have a six month old cat. The problem is here are too many stray dogs and they kill cats. So I think letting my cat having sharp nails will give her advantage if it comes to fighting with a dog for ...
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Cat Chewing At Nails/Toes & Heavy Digging

My boyfriend's cat has had this issue for over a year and the vet cannot figure it out. (Hundreds of dollars wasted.) He won't stop grooming until he bleeds, ripping out fur and itching all around. ...
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Peeling Skinny Pig Skin [duplicate]

I have just recently got a skinny pig about 3 weeks ago. I have done lots of research on what to do and how to take care of him and I thought I was doing a good job till I got home yesterday from work ...
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Should I cut my Pomeranian's fur for summer?

Should you get a Pomeranian's fur cut real short for the summer? We had our dog's fur cut real short and I've noticed this summer that She is panting a lot!! And harder!!
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How much should I spend on scissors for grooming my dog?

We like to save money by grooming our dog's hair ourselves. It takes us a couple of hours every three months. Scissors has proven more successful than a shaver. But it's hard to know how much to spend ...
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Kitten's fur clumpy after vet used solution to clean ears?

I took my kitten to the vet a few days ago and they used a solution to clean her ears out. The solution dripped below and around her ears and has clumped her fur - it feels like there is gel or ...
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How long will my cats hair be and how do I groom her?

Domestic Long hair maybe? She is quite fluffy at 9 weeks. We rescued her and don't know the parents. Will her hair be about the same length as it is now when she is full grown? If so, I am ...
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Chow Chow Groming

Our Chow 'Beau' just turned 10 months old, the groomer we brought him to bath and groom thinned his hair and main. This is my third Chow so I know that you never cut a Chows coat. My questions is ...
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How can I keep poop from getting caught in my cats fur?

My cat has a terrible problem with poop getting caught in her fur. I have tried to help her clean it but she scratched my arms up terribly. I have another Persian cat who has never had this problem. ...
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What is a good way to remove the stickiness from adhesive bandaging from my horses fur?

My horse has suffered a leg injury and has been bandaged over the withers and neck with elastoplast- an adhesive wrap that is approximately 5 cm wide. It has left sticky plaster remains on her coat, ...
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How do I reduce my dog's excessive shedding?

I have a three and a half year old mutt, who sheds excessive amounts of hair. My clothing and floors are covered with puffs of her hair, and I vacuum and use lint rollers daily. I have tried fish ...
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Fur clumps close to skin

My cat has two small clumps of fur on her neck that are very close to her skin. She's short haired, and I brush her regularly, plus she grooms herself multiple times a day. The clumps are so close to ...
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How to get rid of cat fur all over and around my room?

I brush my cat with this thing: I brush her every three days. My cat's fur is medium length (she's not long-haired; more like the cat in the picture). Even with the brushing I still have cat hair ...