Easy photo-perfect grooming tips
Photo credit: Jason Krygier-Bau
(NC) — As plans take shape for the holiday season, it's also time to groom our pets to look their festive best for the perfect family photo.
With this in mind, Purina is partnering with master groomer Cheryl McNaughten, to offer some tricks and tips for priming your furry friend in the comfort of your own home:
Squeaky cleanA clean pet is a happy pet, which is why washing your dog once a month is important. Cats often clean themselves, so let them take care of it. For dogs, use baby shampoo which won't harm your pup if it gets in their eyes. Do not use conditioner, leave that to the experts. As a rule of thumb for both cats and dog, use lukewarm water so your furry friend doesn't catch a cold. Once your pet is sparkling clean, towel dry and then use a hair dryer on the coolest setting to dry off their fur.
Brush it out
Regular brushing removes dirt and dead hair from a pet's coat, preventing mats and hot spots. Based on your pet's breed, type, and thickness of coat, your pet groomer can tell you how often you need to brush. Consider a slicker brush, as it is easy to hold and use on short to medium haired dogs. Or, use a rake brush, which is ideal for those pups that have a double coat and shed a lot. For your purring friend, make sure to use a small slicker brush and comb.
Flash those pearly whites
Dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Train your pet at a young age to be comfortable with teeth brushing by encouraging them to sit and stay while you put the brush in their mouth as you praise them. If you do this daily, with luck, you may be able to get your dog to a point where he will let you brush his teeth. Human toothpaste is not safe for your pet, so look for a pet-approved product. You can also try any of the various chew products (toys or treats) that scrape off plaque as pups gnaw on them.
Now that your pet is trimmed, brushed and smelling fresh, why not snap a photo? To celebrate the holiday season, Canadians are invited to submit their favourite pet photos to www.wonderfurwinter.ca. The dogs and cats with the most votes at the end of the contest have a chance to be featured on next year's Purina Wonderfur Winter holiday treats package.
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