Grooming http://mypetsmart.com/taxonomy/term/56/all en Brush Up on Your Dog's Coat Type http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/brush-up-on-your-dogs-coat-type <p><span lang="EN" style="color: #666666; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; mso-ansi-language: EN">Before you invest in a brush, comb or other <a href="http://grooming.petsmart.com/index.shtml">grooming</a> tool, you'll want to know your dog's coat type. Find your pup's breed below, or if he is a mixed breed, find the breed you believe is most dominant.</span><span lang="EN" style="font-size: 10pt; color: #666666; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; mso-ansi-language: EN">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/brush-up-on-your-dogs-coat-type#comments Grooming Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:22:12 +0000 PetSmart 171333 at http://mypetsmart.com Types of Brushes and Their Uses http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/types-of-brushes-and-their-uses <p>There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all <a href="http://www.mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/brush-up-on-your-dogs-coat-type">dog coat types</a> from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type.</p> <p>There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all dog coat types from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/types-of-brushes-and-their-uses#comments Grooming Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:22:12 +0000 PetSmart 171334 at http://mypetsmart.com Fur Flying? Tips To Curb Shedding And Keep Your Home Clean http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/fur-flying-tips-to-curb-shedding-and-keep-your-home-clean <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tracey Fisher, PetSmart Grooming Expert </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are noticing a lot of dog or cat hair building up on your sofa and carpet, chances are it&rsquo;s time to shed out winter coats. But shedding can be an issue year-round not to mention muddy paws.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>A good grooming routine will help keep your house a lot cleaner year-round and make Fido or Milo look and feel better too.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/fur-flying-tips-to-curb-shedding-and-keep-your-home-clean#comments Grooming Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:47 +0000 PetSmart 171312 at http://mypetsmart.com Do I Need to Brush My Cat's Teeth? http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/do-i-need-to-brush-my-cats-teeth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Banfield, The Pet Hospital® </div> </div> </div> <p>Yes! Home dental care is one of the best ways to help keep your cat's teeth and gums healthy. Use a moistened, soft, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.petsmart.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=2767033&amp;kw=toothbrush&amp;origkw=toothbrush&amp;sr=1">pet toothbrush</a>&nbsp;or child's toothbrush, finger toothbrush, gauze around a finger or a cotton swab. Be sure to use <a target="_blank" href="http://www.petsmart.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&amp;kw=pet%20toothpaste&amp;origkw=pet%20toothpaste&amp;sr=1">pet toothpaste</a> - no human toothpaste, baking soda or salt.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/do-i-need-to-brush-my-cats-teeth#comments Adoptions HealthCare Grooming New pet Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:46 +0000 PetSmart 171306 at http://mypetsmart.com What Do I Do if My Cat has Fleas? http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/what-do-i-do-if-my-cat-has-fleas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Banfield, The Pet Hospital® </div> </div> </div> <p>Start a complete flea control program immediately. An effective flea control program MUST address three points: treatment of the pet (or pets), the entire house (and car or motor home), and the yard (deck, garage, etc.). All pets that can contract fleas MUST be treated (fish, birds, reptiles and small and furry pets don't need treatment). There are many safe and effective products for adult pets as well as kittens (never use a flea product on kittens under 6 weeks old, in those cases, use a flea comb only). </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/what-do-i-do-if-my-cat-has-fleas#comments HealthCare Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:46 +0000 PetSmart 171307 at http://mypetsmart.com Your Dog's Coat: To Shave Or Not To Shave? http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/your-dogs-coat-to-shave-or-not-to-shave <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tracey Fisher / PetSmart Grooming Expert </div> </div> </div> <p>Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own.</p> <p>Dog fanciers all have their own opinions on shaving, but the decision to shave your pet's coat is your own.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/your-dogs-coat-to-shave-or-not-to-shave#comments Grooming Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:31 +0000 PetSmart 171233 at http://mypetsmart.com Which Working Dog is Right for You? http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/which-working-dog-is-right-for-you <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p>In today's modern and mechanized world, most domestic canines function primarily as pets. But all domestic dogs were once bred to fulfill some need of mankind, and there are many breeds whose original duty was to serve in a working capacity. In every country specific breeds were used as guardians, draft dogs and hunters. Even now there are dogs that continue to perform these duties for their owners.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/which-working-dog-is-right-for-you#comments Grooming Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:25 +0000 PetSmart 171206 at http://mypetsmart.com Flea & Tick Dog Products Comparison http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/flea-tick-dog-products-comparison <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p>Even very clean, pampered dogs can get fleas and ticks if pet parents don't stay on top of certain preventative steps. These preventative steps seek to minimize or eliminate a dog's chance of being a feeding ground for pesky fleas and ticks and include:</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/flea-tick-dog-products-comparison#comments Grooming Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:25 +0000 PetSmart 171209 at http://mypetsmart.com Products Offer Options to Declawing http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/products-offer-options-to-declawing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p>Declawing is the removal of a cat's front claws so it can't scratch furniture or people. Declawing is very controversial. Some people believe it's inhumane to declaw a cat because the surgery causes needless pain and suffering. They compare declawing a claw to amputating a finger. If you buy a purebred cat from a breeder or adopt a cat from a rescue group, you may be required to sign a contract that forbids declawing. </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/products-offer-options-to-declawing#comments HealthCare Training & Behavior Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:22 +0000 PetSmart 171193 at http://mypetsmart.com What Mite Help? http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/what-mite-help <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p><b>What Mite Help?</b> </p> <p><i>My kitty's an ear mite magnet. It seems like I'm always putting ear mite drops into poor Sheba's ears, but I worry about too much medicine. Are there any natural remedies for ear mites that work? </i>- B.G., Wauna, Washington </p> <p>If your cat has dirt in her ears that looks like coffee grounds and she's shaking her head or rubbing at her ears, it could be mites. Best to have your vet check her, though, because wax or dirt buildup can look like a mite problem. </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/what-mite-help#comments HealthCare Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:22 +0000 PetSmart 171195 at http://mypetsmart.com Giving Your Cat a Bath http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/giving-your-cat-a-bath <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p>Cats can groom themselves, so they don't need to be washed as often as dogs. However, you may have to wash your cat from time to time. You may have to give your cat a flea bath, for example. Longhaired cats need to be bathed periodically to keep their hair from tangling and matting. </p> <p>Washing a cat isn't easy. With the exception of a few breeds, most cats hate water and dislike being bathed. Have a friend help you, especially the first time you wash your cat. </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/giving-your-cat-a-bath#comments Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:20 +0000 PetSmart 171184 at http://mypetsmart.com Why Is My Cat Scratching At Her Ears? http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/why-is-my-cat-scratching-at-her-ears <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Banfield, the Pet Hospital® </div> </div> </div> <p>Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, or masses may indicate an infection or other abnormality. If you suspect your cat has an ear problem, visit your veterinarian immediately.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/why-is-my-cat-scratching-at-her-ears#comments HealthCare Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:19 +0000 PetSmart 171180 at http://mypetsmart.com How to Clean Your Cat's Ears http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/how-to-clean-your-cats-ears <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p>Many cats are excellent self-groomers and rarely need ear care, while others should have routine cleanings. If you notice wax, dirt or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning. </p> <p>For those cats that need it, cleaning and caring for your pet's ears are important ways to reduce the chance for ear infections and excess waxy build up. Routine cleaning and/or at-home examination lets you detect any infections or other problems early. </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/how-to-clean-your-cats-ears#comments HealthCare Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:19 +0000 PetSmart 171182 at http://mypetsmart.com Hairballs: 8 Ways to Lick the Problem http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/hairballs-8-ways-to-lick-the-problem <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PetSmart </div> </div> </div> <p>Few creatures are as fastidious as felines. They can spend hours licking their coats, and when they've covered every inch, they'll happily start again. They don't seem to mind swallowing a little hair -- it's all part of good grooming. </p> <p>Sometimes, however, fur that should pass right through the digestive system gets trapped in the stomach. As more and more hair arrives, it begins forming an uncomfortable wad. That's when your pet starts gagging, hacking and trying to vomit it up. </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/hairballs-8-ways-to-lick-the-problem#comments HealthCare Grooming Cat Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:19 +0000 PetSmart 171183 at http://mypetsmart.com Preventing Dental Disease http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/preventing-dental-disease <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brent Carroll, DVM/Banfield </div> </div> </div> <p>Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque accumulates with food particles, it becomes hard, thick and yellow -- or calcified -- and is called tartar.&nbsp; </p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/preventing-dental-disease#comments HealthCare Grooming Pawpourri Dog Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:21:16 +0000 PetSmart 171165 at http://mypetsmart.com