Pet Spas: A Guide to Pet Pampering & Treatments
As a pet parent, you're probably familiar with the basics of pet grooming: baths, haircuts, nail and dental care. Maybe you even regularly brush your pup's teeth or have tried to bathe your kitty. But if you'd like to treat your pet to a little extra luxury — or give yourself a break — you might want to consider taking your pet for a spa day.
What Are Pet Spas?
Cat and dog spa services are diverse, ranging from full-service grooming to self-service tubs. Pet spa offerings typically include:
- Bathing: Includes a thorough shampooing, conditioning and rinsing, often followed by a blow-dry and brushing.
- Massage: Great for promoting flexibility, relaxation and pain relief.
- Nail trims: Critical for preventing painful tearing or discomfort while walking. Some pet spas offer more comprehensive pedicures, including offerings like dog-safe nail polish.
- Ear cleaning:Important for preventing discomfort and infection.
Some spas offer spaces where you can bathe and groom your pet yourself, which is helpful if you lack the space to comfortably groom them at home, or your pet doesn't do well with others handling them. However, if you have trouble washing your cat without getting clawed, you might want to leave the job to the pros!
Can I Create a Pet Spa At Home?
While treating your pet to cat or dog spa services is convenient, it definitely isn't necessary. By maintaining a steady grooming routine, you can maintain your pet's hygiene without professional help.
The following recommendations regarding grooming frequency may vary based on your pet's unique needs, so talk to your veterinarian to get the best advice for your pet. Here's a general guide for how often to groom your cat or pup:
- Brush their teeth
- Brush their fur or hair
- Trim their nails
- Gently clean their ears (using a damp cotton ball or piece of gauze)
- Bathe them
- Trim their fur or hair
When Do I Need a Grooming Pro?
If your pet is encountering issues you can't address, such as serious buildup in the ears, matted or overgrown fur or hair — or if you notice your pet exhibiting unusual behavior, such as scooting his rear end across the ground, it may be time to contact a pet spa.
Professionals at pet spas can handle more serious grooming issues and check for signs of infection. Some spas even offer gland expression, which may help if your dog's anal glands are irritated. Of course, if you think your pet may have a medical issue, don't wait to meet with a groomer — reach out to your vet as soon as possible.
Pet spas aren't critical to the health or happiness of your pet, but they can be a great way for both you and your furry friend to relax and rejuvenate. If you're looking to give your pet a fresh summer cut (or maybe free up an hour or two of your time), give your local spa a call to learn about their offerings and make an appointment. After your furry pal's spa session, kick back, relax and get ready to snuggle with your freshly primped pet.
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