If you have a pet, you definitely have grooming to do! An important part of your pet’s health begins with grooming – which helps remove dead hair and dirt, and also prevents those horrible mattes in certain dog and cat breeds. Pets who’re regularly groomed tend to have healthier and shinier coats because the grooming stimulates the blood supply to the skin. A pet’s overall health can also depend on grooming aspects, and includes the condition of their teeth, gums, ears, nails, and other areas, thus, grooming is important… more important than many pet owners realize or admit!
Taking even just one pet to a professional groomer can have an all-too-costly price tag. You can stay ahead of the game, however, by performing the simpler pet grooming tasks at home. It’s quite easy once you get the hang of it to be honest.
When Theodore was young I used to clip his nails all the time and clean his ears regularly. And since Sasha is long-haired I’m always “Furmi-nating” her. Sometimes she likes it and others she doesn’t – I just have to catch her in a good mood!
We’re showing and telling you how: check out the 50 terrific tips and tricks for do it yourself pet grooming below!
Terrific Tips & Tricks for DIY Pet Bathing
Bathing is the first step!
1. Bathing 101 : The experts at Animal Planet give you a basic guide on what every pet owner should know about bathing. Dr. Karen Halligan gives pointers on how often a dog should be bathed, how to keep them calm, and more. There are also tips on cat bathing.
2. How to Choose a Dog Shampoo : Before you begin a bath, make sure you have the right shampoo. Melissa Maroff gives tips on what to look for in a pet shampoo. There are also many related articles on eHow.
3. Homeade Shampoo : Why go to the store and choose one when you can make your own pet shampoo at home? You will need dish soap, aloe vera, and some water. How much to use, mixing, and where to store it are also shared.
4. Homeade Conditioner : Because humans don’t just shampoo, some pets can also condition their hair. Me vs. the House shows you how to make your very own conditioner for pets. Ingredients used include rosemary, water, and a few other items.
5. Bathing and Brushing : The experts at Pet Education share how to both bath and brush a pet. Tips for drying off are also given and there are even tips for shampooing.
6. How to Bathe a Cat With a Minimum Fuss : Cats generally do a good job of keeping themselves clean but, for various reasons, there will be occasions in which owners bathe their cats. It’s not as hard as you may think, once you both know the routine, so practice when your cat is young. Franny Syufy of About.com shows you how.
7. How to Bathe a Cat : If you prefer to watch how to bathe a cat, click here. Dr. Adrienne Mulligan shows you how to do it. She also offers many other videos on pet health.
8. How to Bathe Your Dog : The experts over at Howcast show how to bathe a dog in this short video. The finer points of bathing and useful tips such as leaving the collar on are shared. You can also check out the written guide right below the video.
Terrific Tips & Tricks for DIY Pet Grooming/Brushing Now that they are clean, brush and groom your pets like a pro…
9. How to Choose a Brush : One of the most important tools in grooming, the brush must be chosen carefully. The experts at Pet Education show how and which brush to choose. There is even a chart with recommendations on brushes by type of hair coat.
10. Pet Grooming Tips : Keep your pet styling the Martha Stewart way by stopping here. She includes basic and expert tips for grooming a pet. There are also lots of other tips for pet owners.
11. Coat Care : This grooming tip is reprinted from “What Every Pet Owner Should Know.” Dr. Halligan returns to answercommon questions such as how often a dog’s coat should be brushed and getting the pet accustomed to it. She even answers a question on the popular product Furminator
12. Ten Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Coat : The Dog Channel weighs in with tips and tricks every dog owner should know. They include picking a brush, conditioner, how to brush, and much more. There are also loads of other resources for the dog owner here.
13. Over Grooming : Are you guilty of this common pet mistake? Give this guide a visit to find out. Which breeds need the most and least grooming are all shared.
14. Groom by Breed : If you need tips for grooming your specific breed of dog, stop here. They have guides for every kind of dog from Affenpinscher to Yorkshire Terrier. Each comes with a short description of each pet’s hair type.
15. How to Choose a Groomer : If you’ve had enough of DIY, it might be time to see a groomer. Pet Education lists questions that are important to ask before taking your pet to see one. Questions on staff, services, and payment are all included.
Terrific Tips & Tricks for DIY Pet Dental Care
Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is an easy way to add years to their lifespan; learn how with these pet dental health tips.
16. Top Five Dental Tips : These five easy to follow dental tips are provided by Muttropolis. They include fighting tartar, paying attention, and tips on gentle teeth cleaning. They also give tips for visiting the vet.
17. Ten Steps to Your Dog’s Health : Not to be outdone, the ASPCA has ten tips for your pet’s dental health. According to them, many dogs show signs of gum disease by the time they’re four years old because they aren’t provided with proper mouth care. Ten tips show you how to put an end to it.
18. How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth : Dr. David Steele is a veterinarian who discusses pet dental health in this video. Five minutes discusses why taking care of teeth on a regular basis can extend your pet’s life. He also shows how on one of his patients.
19. How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth : Petplace.com is a site that is “crazy about pets.” In this guide, they show how to specifically brush a dog’s teeth. A few steps and a video are included.
20. Dental Health and Oral Diseases in Cats : Cats are the only thing Franny blogs about on About.com. With a whole section on dental health, visitors can learn everything from dental care 101 to complex topics such as top dental products for cats.
21. How to Brush a Cat’s Teeth : Dr. Mulligan returns in this expert video. In it she shows the proper way to brush a cat’s teeth. Best of all, she actually does in the video and shows you how.
22. Tips on Dog Tooth Brushes : Elise McMahon looks at one of the more neglected sides of DIY pet grooming: the doggie toothbrush. In the short video, she shows different types of toothbrushes that can be used. Everything from brushes for puppies to older dogs are shown.
23. How to Tell if a Horse Has Dental Problems : Maggie Connolly has over 30 years of experience developing an expertise in solving problems in performance horses. In this video for Equestrian Life, she shows why a horse’s dental health is so important. There are also many other videos on the health and grooming of horses.
24. DIY Toothpaste : If unsure of what kind of toothpaste to get, why not make your own. Marina Hanes and Brighthub show you how. This recipe for organic toothpaste calls for baking soda, salt, and a few other ingredients.
Terrific Tips & Tricks for DIY Pet Nail Grooming
Keep the pets happy and the furniture intact by following the below DIY pet nail clipping/trimming tips.
25. How to Clip a Dog’s Nails : Learn tips and techniques on cutting, trimming or clipping your dog’s nails in this free video. This groomer shows how to trim a dog’s nails for eHow. Which part of the nail to clip is shown.
26. Trimming and Clipping Dog Nails : Pet Health 101 is a site that literally offers a virtual dog or cat. In this DIY pet grooming article, they focus on when and how to cut your dog’s nails. They also have dozens of other articles for pet owners.
27. Stress Free Nail Trimming : Nail trimming time can be stressful for both pet and owner. Check out this guide from Virginia Parker Guidry which shows how to turn a puppy into a clean and happy one using the proper nail trimming protocols.
28. How to Use Pedi Paws : This popular television product is sold on infomercials. It works as a sort of electric filer for grooming the nails of dogs or cats. In this guide for eHow, a user shows exactly how to groom nails with it.
29. Caring for Your Pet’s Nail : If you need to know when and how to groom your pet’s nails, click here. The three basic questions such as how often, the best way, and what tools to keep on hand are answered.
30. Declawing Cats Alternatives : Is declawing your cat the best way to go? In this guide, WebMD veterinary experts answer common questions about declawing cats. The procedure itself, alternatives, and much more are shared.
31. Declawing : Need to know more about declawing? Then stop here for loads of tips and tricks. Humane alternatives and managing existing claws are all shared. You can also get other useful tips such as behavioral training methods to teach your cat how to scratch.
32. How to Clip a Cat’s Nails : If you haven’t declawed your cat, chances are you will have to clip your cat’s nails. Dr. Adrienne shows you how to do this. Which parts you should and shouldn’t clip are shown in the video.
33. Nail Trimming 101 : Make manicures more enjoyable for you and your cat with the help of the ASPCA. Tips and tricks include setting the mood, making friends with the paw, and getting acquainted with the clipper. They also have loads of other resources for pet owners.
34. How to Choose Dog Nail Trimmers : If you have the know how for maintaining your pet’s nails but need the tools, click here. Amy Brantley from eHow shares her knowledge on how to choose a nail trimmer. Five steps, tips, and warnings are all discussed.
Terrific Tips & Tricks for Other DIY Pet Grooming
Focus on the lesser known side of pet grooming…
35. Ear Cleaning Basics : Regular ear check-ups and cleaning contributes to healthy ears that are free of painful infections. Between grooming appointments pet owners should practice ear health maintenance and check their dog’s ears at least once a week. Petgroomer.com has loads more on ear care.
36. Ear Infections : If you suspect your dog has an ear infection, stop here. Infections, or Otitis Externa, are discussed in further detail. The signs, causes, and treatments are all discussed.
37. Ear Care for Dogs : This guide is from the experts at PetsMD.com. Part of WebMD, they include tips for routine car, bathing, and warning signs. You can also get links to loads of other guides.
38. Ear Care and Ear Problems in Cats : Because felines have ears too, they also need ear care. Monitoring your kitty’s ears once per week for wax, debris and infection will help those sensitive sonar detectors stay perky and alert to your every move. Pets.MD shows you how.
39. The Canine Ear : If you need a more technical guide to your pet’s ear, click here. To understand the dog’s ear problems better, owners must initially understand that the dog’s ear canal is anatomically different than that of the human ear. A diagram, tips, and more are featured.
40. Caring for Your Pet’s Eyes : An often neglected part of the pet, eyes need care too. If your dog ever gets tear stains, this vet shows you how to take care of them. Signs of healthy eyes are also given.
41. Keeping Kitty’s Eyes Healthy : A good home eye exam just before grooming can clue you into any tearing, crust, cloudiness or inflammation that may indicate a health problem. How to exam your cat’s eyes are shared. Warning signs include discharge, watering, gunk, and more. There is also a video on how to clean the eyes.
42. Preventative Dog Skin Care Basics : Whether you have a shaggy or hairless breed, the health of a dog’s skin is important. Learn the basics for how to do it yourself with the help of Vet Info. A few simple steps you can do at home are shown.
43. How to Care for a Dog’s Skin : Allergies, poor diet, parasites, bacteria, and more are all discussed in this feature from eHow. Feeding, grooming, and regular checks are part of the process. There are even related videos.
44. Skin Problems in Cats : Dr. Mike takes time out to speak on some common skin ailments that affect cats. Skin disease, black specks, and much more are asked and answered. There is also an Ask the Vet section where you can send in your own questions.
Terrific Professional Tips & Tricks for DIY Pet Grooming
Make your pet look like he/she just came home from a professional grooming with these pet grooming tips:
45. Learn the Terms : If you’ve ever heard a groomer use a word you don’t know, learn it here. The experts at Groomer Has It list loads of expert terms including plucking, mucking, stacking, and carding. You can even take the quiz to see how you stack up.
46. Top Mistakes of Cat Owners (see left picture!): Avoid the common pitfalls of the cat owner by reading this. It is a guide from Franny Syufy on how to become a better cat owner. The top ten errors are shared.
47. How to Shave Your Dog : Because some dogs can get seriously shaggy, shaving can be required. A groomer shows the correct procedure in detail. A number 10 blade & actual dog are used.
48. Dog Stencil Tatoos : Do you know a cheesy couple that has matching tattoos? Now you and your pet can be one of them with the help of this DIY grooming tip. Stencils and applications are shown in this video on YouTube.
49. Hair Color for Mohawk Dogs : If you have a bit of a rock and roll edge, this is the pet grooming DIY for you. This expert groomer shows you how to style your dog with a Mohawk. Hair color is also included.
50. Small Pet Care : Because dogs and cats aren’t the only pets out there, stop here. The ASPCA has guides on loads of popular small animal pets. They include rabbits gerbils, hamsters, birds, fish, and more.
If you know or suspect that your pet has a health problem, see a veterinarian before following the advice on the above 50 terrific tips and tricks for DIY pet grooming. Although many items such as bathing and brushing of teeth are par for every pet owner, more serious things like infections require the attention of a professional.
*Thanks to Tina at VetTech for this wonderful informative article!