Give your furry babies some TLC at home during the lockdown

The sheer number of results that an internet search for pet grooming services in your neighbourhood shows up is an indication as to just how popular they are among pet parents and their furry babies. But the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown, which is already into its fourth week and will be on for some more time, has meant no salon time for your pet. What do you do for your pet to be shipshape then? We got the experts to fill you in…
Brush your pet every day for at least 15-30 minutes: Studies show that brushing improves your pet’s coat condition and reduces hair fall. The type of brush you use depends on the coat condition of your pet. Ideally, use a rubber hand glove, as it’s easy to use, works as a good massage to the skin and also imitates the action of petting.

Bathe your pet, but not every day: Dogs have a very different skin texture, so it’s important not to use soap or shampoo meant for humans. It’s best to bathe your dog once in 3-4 weeks, but if you feel he/she is getting a bit smelly, then every second week is fine. Bathing too often dries the natural oils present on their skin which protects their coat, thus leading to scaling/dandruff, hair shedding/hair fall, itchiness and other skin conditions. Also, avoid using medicated shampoos, instead use natural aloe vera or oatmeal-based pet shampoos.
What they eat is what shows: Give your pet a well- balanced diet. If you are feeding a homemade diet, don’t forget to add a tablespoon of the ‘golden paste’, which includes turmeric, coconut and a pinch of pepper.

Check for fleas and ticks when you are brushing your pet down: No matter how clean you keep your pet, if he/she is going out for walks, he/she is definitely getting a couple of them on board. Here’s how you can keep a check on them:
* There are external applications that help keep ticks and fleas off for three weeks to a month, like shampoos and sprays.
* If you don’t have access to these products now, use a mix of organic neem oil and organic coconut oil in a 1:2 ratio. Massage it all over your pet and leave to soak for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with a pet shampoo.

Take care of their teeth and gums: Brush your pet’s teeth with a child’s toothbrush and pet toothpaste or wrap a cloth on your finger and use it to gently clean the teeth. Remember to massage the gums with your bare fingers. This can be done daily, bi-weekly or once a week, depending on the comfort and temperament of your pet.

Cleaning their eyes and ears is important: Check the eyes daily ensuring there is no dirt stuck that will obscure their vision or irritate their eyes. Do the same with the ears as well, but do not probe into the ear canal as that could cause damage.

Inputs by holistic veterinarian Dr Nezhat Patrawalla and International All Breeds Certified Master Groomer Radhiya Hemchandra.

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