Questions tagged [grooming]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Will the hair of my Yorkie Terrier growth so long?

My mom got a new puppy Yorkie Terrier. I went to google and searched for Yorkie Terrier and found these pictures Mine looks like the one on the left but he's just one month old. I'm wondering if all ...
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Should I bathe my hamster?

While reading the Hamsterific hamster FAQ, I read about never giving hamsters a bath. That's a naughty word in the hamster world; hamsters don't like water sports. Nature has provided hamsters with ...
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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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Does clipping a cat's claws affect its climbing ability?

I admit I am against clipping a cat's claws, so I have no experience in the area. Because I don't clip the claws of my cats I naturally have not seen how it affects them. Most of my concern is about ...
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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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Why are two of my cat's claws thicker than the others?

Most of my cat's claws are very thin, and come to a needle-like point. However, two of hers are shaped quite differently. They are much thicker along the inside of the curve, and the tips are much ...
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My dog is having a lot of hair fall

I have a German Shepherd, one with lots of fur. All of a sudden he is having hair loss. It is not in the normal quantities, slightly more than usual but not a bald patch. Do I have some thing to worry ...
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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 do I help my itchy Bichon Frise?

My male Bichon Frise goes crazy when we take him to the groomers and when he comes home. He has very sensitive skin and is itchy. I don't know if he has a flea or if there's another cause for his ...
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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 tell when I need to trim my goat's hooves and how do I tell if I've trimmed them short enough?

How can I tell when I need to trim my goat's hooves? I trim them regularly but am not sure if I do it often enough or if I'm being over-zealous. Or maybe when I'm trimming them I don't trim them short ...
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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 interpret behaviour of my cat during brushing

This is this time of year when my cats decided they need a new fur for the coming season (and being very non-eco friendly they want natural). Rogue started to shed a lot and as there was also a bit of ...
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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 ...
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Claw-clipping for the visually challenged?

I try to keep my cats' claws trimmed to reduce wear and tear on the furniture (and me :-) ). They also have scratching posts and "pads" that they use regularly, but that's not enough. My problem is ...
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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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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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Circular patch on dog's back; ruled out mange, ringworm, other fungal causes, hotspot

I'm fostering a 5 year old rat terrier and he has a flaky bald patch. This is an isolated patch; his skin and coat are otherwise healthy: no dandruff, fleas, mites, etc. He doesn't seem to notice it, ...
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At what age should I start trimming a bearded dragons claws?

I have a baby bearded dragon (3 months +/-) When should I start looking to trim her (suspected but not sure) nails? and would it be prudent to just leave some sand paper in her cage so she can "file" ...
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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 ...
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Can trancing a rabbit have cumulative negative effects?

Trancing a rabbit (See How do I trance my rabbit?) is used as a method for controlling the pet while doing some grooming to scent glands and toenails. I have received some questions about possible, ...
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Removing dried paint from cat fur

Our cat (DMH) came home with a heavy coat of dried paint on one of his paws. It looks like he must have stepped in a roller pan or something like that. I'm pretty sure it is an oil based paint as ...
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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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Harness is matting dogs fur

My Sheltie's fur is not currently at it's adult coat, he's 9 months old. However we've found that it's matting a lot under his front legs - from his harness. He gets mats behind his ears as well, ...
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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 calm my cat so I can brush him?

My cat sheds a lot, so I try to brush him often to minimize the amount of cat fluff he leaves all over everything in my house. Unfortunately, brushing him is incredibly tricky; he doesn't want to hold ...
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Why is my dog's fur growing back so unevenly after shaving?

I have a pharaoh hound. I have had her for about a year now. During spring this year(I think it was in May or maybe early June) she was shaved. My dad shaved her in such a way that it looked like ...
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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 stop my cat over grooming & pulling hair? [duplicate]

I re-homed an 8 year old cat a couple of weeks ago and he had some problems with over grooming and pulling his hair while he was in the shelter. The vet thought that this was probably due to stress, ...
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How can I get my older kitty to stay still while I groom her?

My baby girl is about 14 or 15 years old. I actually adopted her from an ex-roommate, as she became very attached to me, so I never had the chance to get her accustomed to being brushed by me at a ...
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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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How do I remove mats on my cat's back that return after shaving?

My 10 year old male (over weight) ginger tabby cat has hard matted clumps of fur on his back. I can't cut them out and using the cat rake seems to hurt him because they are so hard. What can I do to ...
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Can I help my kitten regrow fur after being affected with ear mites?

I have a persian kitten, and he has earmites, I am just about to buy some ear cleaner, but I think it also affected the growth of his fur (it was lesser and shorter), can you recommend me anything to ...
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Can I accidentally brush my cat too much?

Is it possible to brush a cat too much, trying to remove the loose hairs? Can I overdo it and brush a cat so much that it gets bald or bald spots? Lots of loose hair is always coming out of the fur ...
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Are there any products that can help my dog's hair growth?

I recently adopted a Chihuahua mixed dog from the shelter. Everything is fine, but his lower body (close to the hip) has very thin hair. I suppose she used to bite in that area due to flea infection. ...
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How to groom a double coated dog?

Our rough-coated collie pup should be arriving within mere weeks now! We just visited/played with the five week old pups, right as the breeders were actively determining the "frontrunners" for show ...
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How can I manage excessive hair shedding from dogs?

Certain dogs have a reputation for shedding hair (Labradors, Golden Retrievers), creating a constant struggle to keep the house clean, especially as this shedding continues throughout the day. ...
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Why are balls of fur behind my dog's ears, and how do I get rid of them?

I recently came into possession of an adorable Shorkie Tzu - a Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix. She has rather long hair, with tufts of fur (like little balls) behind her ears. Why do these form, and how do I ...