Questions tagged [grooming]

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

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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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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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Orange tabby has black around his eyelids

My 4yr old tabby Lex has these black spots that line his eyelids. Hes had them for at least a couple months (since ive noticed) seems otherwise fine and doesnt mind me looking at his eyes. I haven't ...
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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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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 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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How to get rid of fish oil stink on a dog?

I gave my dog a cap of fish oil and now he reeks of fish. I don't even have to go anywhere near his mouth to smell it. I can smell it from the end of the leash and while I sit on the couch and him on ...
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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 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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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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How do I remove mat from my long haired cats fur?

I have a Siberian kitten (13 weeks old) and he has several mats very low in his fur and close to skin folds. Even if I wanted to trim or cut out the mats, this really is not possible due to the ...
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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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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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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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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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Can expired cat shampoo still be use?

I am using this BioGance cat shampoo for my cat. However since I did not need to bathe my cat that frequently (usually once every 2-3 months depending if she needs a bath), I found that the shampoo to ...
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Why do I need to clip my dog's nails

Why do I need to clip my dog's nails? What happens if I never clip my dogs nails, will they naturally stay short? It is a large breed.
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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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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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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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At what age can you start clipping a cat's nails?

I have a kitten, aged 6 months, that loves to claw. I try to get the cat to provide its claws for clipping, i.e. pressing on the paw, but it does not get the claws to show. Do young cats simply do ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the difference between a hair coat and a fur coat in dogs?

Listening to dog breeders talk about dogs, I sometimes hear them mentioning that a breed has a "hair coat" or a "fur coat". What are the differences between the two types of coat? Do they have ...
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What can I do about my cat shedding too much fur on my clothing?

I have a long haired white cat that sheds (much more than my black short-haired cat). Every time you hug him, you end up covered with fur. It seems natural for him though; he doesn't get bald and all ...
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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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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 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 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 to get the tail of my horse white again?

What kind of treatments do you know to get the tail of a horse white again? If I wash it only with (horse) shampoo it just gets lighter but never really white as it should be. There is always 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 ...
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How can I get my cat to clean himself?

We have a lovely 7-month-old Russian Blue, and we have noticed that he doesn't wash himself as frequently as other cats we had. He does not, at all, ever wash his head; you know, by licking his paw ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to comb/brush my cat in hard to reach areas?

My cat loves being combed, he purrs and nuzzles my hands, but whenever anything, be it a comb or my hand, tries to reach his belly, he attacks it with all his four legs as soon as he notices it. Even ...
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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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How can I train my dog to behave for grooming?

My 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier really hates to be groomed, and with the amount of hair Yorkies have, this is not good. To my knowledge, he hasn't had a bad past with groomers, unless it happened ...
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How can I more easily clip my ferrets' nails?

I've been having some trouble clipping my ferrets nails. I try to scruff them and hold them still, but they just weasel out of the hold and run away. It's very frustrating to have go chasing after ...
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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 ...