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Grooming

3 ways to tell if your cat has fleas

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Cat overgrooming

Cats are great groomers and clean freaks. Their tongues are really rough specifically so they groom themselves with it. Because they are so good at grooming you won't often see a lot of fleas on them. There are a few things though that can give it away.

1. Look under their chin. 

You'll often see live fleas here or flea dirt. It's the one place on their body that they can't reach to groom with their tongue or their paws. The fleas will often hide out here so lift up that chin and part the hair

The good, the bad and the ugly of dog brushes

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Jack the dog enjoying having a brush with a slicker brush

Regular brushing is a great thing to do for your dog:

  • It keeps your dogs coat healthy and knot free
  • It’s a fantastic way to feel all around to check for ticks and to see fleas
  • It encourages healthy skin.

Choosing the right brush though can be very difficult and confusing. There are a large range of brushes and combs available in all sorts of styles. Dog's coats also come in a large range of thicknesses, lengths and hair types.

Home Grooming

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dog having fringe combed

Aside from your dog looking great from regular grooming, spending the time with your dog brushing and combing has many other advantages:

  • šIt’s a fantastic way to feel all around to check for ticks and fleas
  • šKeeps your dogs coat healthy and knot free
  • šEncourages healthy skin.

Home grooming should be done on a regular basis.

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