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The main question is this: Is your dog Single coated with hairs that grow endlessly at a constant speed? Or double coated with hairs that grow to a predefined length and are shed? Single coated breeds are often "fashion" or "toy" breeds like Poodles and Shih Tzu. They actually do need regular hair cuts because their hairs don't stop ...


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When was the last time you saw a wolf showering? :) We've got a pure breed Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Husky for 3.5 and 2 years now. The older one was bathed twice so far (before we got him and once last year due to excessive dirt). This does not include the dogs bathing on their own in bodies of water such as the kids pool we bought for them or our ...


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These are generally called Mats. They are particularly a problem with long haired cats, but short haired cats can get them too. They are more susceptible to them in the spring and fall when they are shedding their seasonal coats. Also, overweight cats might get them in parts they can't easily reach to groom (i.e. their back). Prevention is quite simple, ...


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General Rule: Whatever the breed is, it is advisable not to bathe your dog more than once a month unless otherwise instructed by a vet using proper shampoo and soap. If you bathe a dog too often, its coat will lose shine and the dog can become itchy. Also, dog has a natural coat protecting system which can get harmed by over-bathing. So, once a month is ...


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The other answer is good but there are some important things to note about when, how and why should be done if you decide to clip your birds wings. Why Clipping of the wings is usually done to either as a safety precaution to prevent the bird from hurting themselves while indoors, or it may be done as an attempt to pacify a difficult or aggressive bird and ...


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To be honest, if you get most of the chunks out and blot the dampness up as much as you can, I'd let her clean the rest of it herself. Grooming is a self soothing activity, and since she doesn't know you, you cleaning her will stress her out. The exception would be if you know (or suspect) that she has a poop borne illness, and want to prevent the other cat ...


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When one of my past cats got old he started developing mats that I wanted to trim out (to keep them from getting worse). After once accidentally cutting him with the small scissors I was using (oops), I came up with the following solution: I used a comb to comb from his skin to the mat. I then backed off (moved the comb toward his skin) just a bit, so ...


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What do her teeth look like? It seems to me like it's a matter of her gums being irritated. One of my cats had a bad case of gingivitis when I got him, and would aggressively rub his cheeks/teeth on everything he could. If you cat has gingivitis it could be something as simple as brushing her teeth to get rid of the gum inflammation/irritation. You should ...


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A method I've used with some success is while petting the cat to gently tease the mat apart with my fingers until I have a gap I can guide snips through, then cut the mat open from the gap out. I keep breaking the mat into progressively smaller pieces that can be either cut free or combed out, until it's gone. Sometimes this takes me several petting ...


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So, some advice from someone who had to clip the claws of an ornery Tortoise Shell cat as well as a few bunnies that can kick like the blazes... Don't let the cat tell you when to stop. You need to demonstrate that the clipping is done when you decide that it is done, no sooner. Use a magnifying glass like the big reading ones on their own pedestal or a ...


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As a cancer patient, your risk may be higher than another person's due to the possibility of being immunocompromised. I would consult with your doctor to get a better assessment as to the risk. Immunocompromised people can own pets safely, but they must take much more precaution, and therefore such a person might not consider pet ownership to be worth the ...


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Making brushing an enjoyable experience is probably the best way to go. Reward him after sitting still and allowing you to brush him with a treat. Grooming is one way cats show affection towards each other, so making him calm and relaxed in order to brush him is essential. Wait until he is in a calm state, possibly napping or relaxing and approach and sit ...


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You don't mention how old your cat is - according to my vet this is quite a common issue with older cats. Their claws thicken and need to be watched with care because the thickened claws can be more brittle than normal claws (my vet calls them "old lady nails"). Most of my 18-year-old cat's front claws are like this. While they are quite blunt, they don't ...


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Trancing or Hypnotizing your bunny is possible and is often used as part of the grooming process. There are two opposing thoughts on trancing: The first being that it is calming and a good solution for many situations. The second being that the rabbit is in fear for it's life, it enters a "play dead" natural response common to many prey animals, and is ...


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The most common reason not to use human shampoo on a dog is that dogs have different pH levels than humans, as explained by petMD. The acid mantle can also be defined as the relative pH balance of the skin. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with levels less than 6.4 considered high acidity, and levels more than 6.4 considered high alkalinity. The ...


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I worked some olive oil into the end of the bandage, and it came off with light pulling after a couple minutes; some fur came with it, but not as much had I not oiled it. His ear appears unharmed, and he had no adverse reaction.


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Double coated dogs (such as the Chow Chow and many others) should never be shaved unless it's for medical reasons such as a skin disease or other vet recommended procedure. A dog's double coat actually helps insulate a dog to keep him cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Shaving a double coated dog will not only prevent a dog from keeping cool, it can ...


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"I much prefer the idea of not cutting my dogs nails so deeply as to draw blood." Well so do I, and I don't cut them so deeply; not deliberately at least. I don't think anyone does it deliberately. From my experience, cutting the quick is done accidentally, and many times cannot be easily prevented even when due care is taken. When cut, quicks tend to ...


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As well as regular brushing which was excellent from Kyle if things are out of control for a start I've also found that very carefully cutting about a quarter of the clump off at a time with a pair of sharp scissors does the trick as well followed by brushing alternating between each over a few days. It depends on the temperament of the cat and of course ...


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It is natural for a dog to have a light smell, I wouldn't bathe a dog unless it got dirty. Most dirt can simply be rubbed off the fur by using a dry towel, which I would prefer to bathing. Dogs are waterproof, so as long as you are not using soap there isn't much to worry about. Our Labradors used to jump into every water source available, no matter how ...


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Generally speaking, you can't control the shedding since it needs to happen. The best preventative measure you can take is to brush/groom the dog regularly to ensure that the old hair is removed. For dogs that get seasonal coats, it is important to groom them more frequently during the times their new coat is coming in. For dogs that continually shed (...


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This method has been working for me since I discovered it. Get yourself a bottle of Ferretone. Lay your ferret on his/her back and put a few tiny drops on your ferret's belly. They will spend about 3 or so minutes licking up all of the Ferretone and ignore you completely while you clip their nails. Just remember to use a small pair of accurate, sharp ...


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Cats are different. Some breeds mature sooner than others. I'd expect him to start doing it later, since at 7 months of age, he seems to think he is still the little kitten who gets taken care of by others. Our 7-month-old ragdoll is the same kind of messy kitten; living the careless life of a young single male. We are just simply waiting for him to wise up....


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We have one cat who climbs up a similar post in our house, and it doesn't seem to matter if her claws are trimmed or not. The other cats prefer to jump to the shelf rather than climb, but I guess that's personality driven. We don't allow our cats outside (too much risk of disease or injury) so I don't know about the affects of trimmed claws on outdoor ...


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You should never cut a cat's whiskers. Doing some quick research found these pieces of information: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/04/what-happens-if-a-cats-whiskers-are-damaged-or-clipped/ http://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/evr_ct_why_do_cats_have_whiskers http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-whiskers-7-facts So whether or not the cat's ...


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Often with cats you have to adopt a "do a little at a time strategy" as many cats do not like being restrained or roughly held down. Whichever cleaning method you use start by petting and praising them to get them relaxed, then only wipe them a few times. Afterwards pet, praise them more and give them a cat treat. You want them to associate your handling and ...


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It is pretty common for cats to get stiff with age. This can make them unable to properly clean hard to reach spots on the back and by the tail. The extra grease and grime acts as a trap to cause the mat. A way to help clean the cat is to purchase some vet approved cleaning towelettes to get the grease off before it causes another mat.


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The wikipedia article on wing clipping is quite extensive. Not to be confused with pinioning - the removal of a joint on the birds wing. Advocates note that a properly done clip only trims the feathers and not the wings themselves, and is painless and temporary, lasting only until the next molt. The article also notes that you should clip feathers on ...


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Hamsters are desert animals and are built to live in an environment with a lot less moisture in it. That leads to a couple of considerations: They need to be warm. Despite the fur, they're not a cold temperature animal and so are vulnerable to cold. They're not naturally water creatures, given desert origins, and so one wouldn't expect to bathe in water. ...


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Most likely these are just hair mats. They can be caused by scratching in that area, and can be aggravated if the dog's hair is getting wet when she goes outside. Once they've started, they tend to grow rapidly, so you need to take care of them or you'll end up with a short-haired dog! You can break them apart by pulling on either side of them. Do it so ...


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