Questions tagged [grooming]

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

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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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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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Can I use human shampoo to wash a dog?

Basically, I just want to know if it is safe and cost effective to use human shampoo to wash my poodle.
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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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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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Do I need to trim a rabbit's nails?

I know that I have to clip my cat's nails every now and again, and that got me wondering about my sister's rabbit - does its nails have to be clipped as well? Can we use the same style of nail ...
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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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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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What kind of brush should be used with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. The fur on her coat is thin and long. I would like to brush her to prevent tangles, especially on her ears, but a slicker brush and a pin brush have not ...
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Is it safe to shave a Chow-Chow for the summer?

We own a 6-month old Chow-Chow. We'd like to take him to a professional groomer now that summer is here. Are there any special precautions we should pay attention to? I've heard that some dogs have a ...
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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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What is a “bunny burrito” and when would I use it?

I have heard about rabbit owners using a "bunny burrito" as part of their rabbit grooming process. What is it? How and when should it be used?
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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 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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How do I get a band-aid out of my dog's fur?

One of my dogs had a scrape on his ear. I cleaned it, covered it with an antibiotic ointment, and covered the ointment with a band-aid. A couple days later, the scrape was healed, but when I removed ...
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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 does my cat get calluses on his paw pads?

My cat Hunter (10 year old neutered male with chronic sinus infections and no teeth due to stomatitis) grows these calluses on his paw pads. He's grown these calluses since I've had him (5 months old)....
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What causes fur clumps on my cat's back, and how can I prevent them?

I have a grey, tiger-striped tabby, who is now over ten years old. In the last couple years, she has occasionally grown a large clump of fur on her back that solidifies to the point where it needs to ...
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How can I prevent my ferrets from smelling bad?

Sometimes ferrets can get a little stinky. I've also heard that using shampoos and sprays on them can make their skin dry out and make them stink more in the long run. How can I keep them from ...
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Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp?

After trimming my dogs' nails, I accidentally left the jar of styptic powder open overnight. During that time, it absorbed some water from the atmosphere so that the top layer is slightly damp and ...
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What is the most effective brush for knots in Bichon Frise fur?

We currently use a short-bristled brush to groom our Bichon Frise puppy (10 month old), similar to this. As the fur gets longer, she's getting really knotty and the groomer isn't happy to see her in ...
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Are there pet safe ways to eliminate static in pet fur beyond a humidifier? (especially in rabbits)

I have 2 rabbits and in the winter they become so full of static, that I cant even pet them without a giving/receiving a static shock. Using a humidifier helps a great deal. Yet, even with relative ...
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What if a cat seems annoyed by her whiskers?

My cat has long whiskers. And she constantly rubs those whiskers on things, like they itch. I read up a bit, and it says that's just their way of declaring ownership with scent glands and such. Okay,...
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How important is the quality of the clippers used for occasional pet grooming?

I have a pet (rabbit) who has geriatric bowel and bladder issues. To help keep him clean, it has been recommended that we keep his belly and parts of his legs and tail clipped very short. The ...
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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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How can I prevent cutting my dog when clipping his nails?

After reading Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp? , I wondered why people would use such a product. For some animals there may be health conditions that would cause nails to bleed when ...
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Is superglue safe for gluing nail caps onto cat claws?

We use nail caps on two of our four cats (not always the name brand, just whatever is cheapest usually). The glue that comes with the package seems a lot like super glue (it gets on our fingers "...
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My dog is pulling her fur out and eating it

She is a 13 year old Labrador and I have I just started to notice this problem. It does not seem to be too bad, but it makes me worry about her. I am dog sitting for a family member so I cannot take ...