Questions tagged [grooming]

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

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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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Tick fell into dogs ear

3 month old GSD. 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 he struggled ...
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How often is too often to bathe a dog?

I have a pug/Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix that we bathe once a week. Is this too often? I find that if we leave her without a bath for more then a week and a half she starts to develop a faint smell (...
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Should you shave a Norwegian Forest cat for summer? If so, how?

They have the double coat so it is not the same as other cat breeds. It gets hot and humid here in Saitama, Japan. While we use aircon, we do tend to leave it off when going out and my 8 year old cat ...
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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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Cat making herself dirtier by grooming

My elderly cat has been having some teeth trouble, which may be related to what is going on. She eats only wet food, and after eating she will groom herself as normal. However, it seems that she still ...
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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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How should I groom my dog?

What is a good brush or comb for my house-kept hound? Should she be brushed/combed in both directions, or just with her coat?
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Recently adopted dog fur pattern changing? Is this normal? [duplicate]

My girlfriend and I recently adopted this 3 year old little dog, about a month ago. She had bald spots on her chest and tummy which has started to grow back, but her fur colouring seems to be changing ...
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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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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 is this funny/strange black thing on the nail of my guinea pig?

This morning, I was cutting my guinea pigs nails and I discovered that the bit of nail on the back foot has gone black and strange and I never saw this before. Needless to say, I am quite worried ...
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How can I safely trim matted cat fur?

Regarding What causes fur clumps on my cat's back, and how can I prevent them? , some severe cases of matted fur need to be removed through cutting or shaving. As an electric shaver might spook ...
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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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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

I have never had a long-hair cat before. We just picked up two that we rescued, and brought them home. One of them pooped in the carrier during the drive home. There is now poop in her fur. I ...
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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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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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Do I have to trim my guinea pigs' claws?

I have posted this question as advice for others. I used to have my guinea pigs' claws trimmed at the vets some years ago, but I have since found an easier way, and my youngest 'pig who is at least ...
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Affectionate Pawing & Meowing

Why does my cat affectionately paw me on the face every time I sit on the toilet? It is quite cute. Only on the toilet. At other moments in the day, why does he meow as if he is talking to me too? ...
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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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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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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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How to clean (disinfect) my dog everyday after walk?

To give you some perspective, my dog and I go for a walk, every morning (~ 45 min) and evening (~ 30 min). We don't have any grounds nearby (only fields (1)) which means I have to walk him on streets ...
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Why is my one dog's hobby chewing my other dog's fur?

So, I have had my 3-year-old, 65-pound, American Bulldog for about 9 months. His name is Dewey and he is deaf. I recently adopted another dog, a 2-year-old, 45-pound, Australian shepherd/Chow mix, ...
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Why would a cat lick (groom?) her toy?

My cat loves to play with fake mice on strings. Sometimes, when she catches one of them, instead of biting or "killing" (attacking with her back feet) it, she holds it in her front legs and starts ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What could cause my dog to bite/pull her own hair out?

The title pretty much says it - my dog, Chewy, has been biting and pulling the hair out on her front arms. Her name was given before this problem started. :) It's not every day, and I cannot find a ...
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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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How do I trance my rabbit?

I have heard that you can trance a rabbit to help with tasks such as nail clipping and cleaning the underside. Is doing this safe for my rabbit? How do I do it? Are there other applications where ...
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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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How to prevent my dog drool

My 6 year Beagle is almost perfect pet- he rarely barks, is very playful and fairly obedient All that goes for a toss when it is feeding time. He drools so much in anticipation of being fed, and ...
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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 do you groom an Angora Rabbit?

I know for an Angora rabbit you have to keep up with their grooming, and one of the things you can do is keep their fur short. My sister has tried to trim her two rabbits, but finds that she can never ...
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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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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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Shearing our Golden Retriever with Sheep Shears

I'm a bit embarrassed to say this, but our dog has a persistent ringworm problem. Several times throughout the years, we'd apply Viaderm or something that can be bought from our local vet. Then, when ...
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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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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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Can unscented baby wipes be used instead of pet wipes to disinfect my dog?

NOTE: This is a follow-up of and related to my previous question — How to clean (disinfect) my dog everyday after walk? Baby wipes are used to dry bathe babies, a good way to bathe them without ...