Grooming is an important part of pet care as it helps to maintain a clean and healthy body. It minimises shedding, prevents skin irritation and gives you an opportunity to examine your pet’s body for signs of illness or parasites such as ticks and fleas.
Animals regularly clean themselves to extract foreign objects such as insects, dirt, twigs and parasites and put their fur, feathers or other skin coverings in good order. This activity is known as personal grooming, a form of hygiene.
Among animals, birds spend considerable time with personal grooming – preening their feathers. This is done to remove ectoparasites (external parasites), keep the wings in good aerodynamic condition, and waterproof them.
Cats are well known for their extensive grooming. Cats groom so much that they often produce hairballs from the fur they ingest.
For dogs, grooming – depending on the breed, age and health of the dog – may be a daily activity.
Get The Right Tools
You can help with your pet’s grooming and hygiene. Pets have different grooming requirements, which can make the process daunting and confusing when it comes to using the right brush, comb or clipper.
Masterpet offers a variety of grooming tools to help you clean your pet easily and properly. Grooming sessions can then become a special bonding time between you and your furry or feathery companion.
Did You Know?
During oil spills, animal conservationists who rescue penguins sometimes dress them in knitted sweaters to stop them from preening and thereby ingesting the mineral oil, which is poisonous.