If you're a pet owner, you know that having professional grooming done for your furry friend can put a serious dent in your pocket, especially since regular visits are required to keep your pet clean and healthy. An article on WomansDay.com entitled "Money-Saving Advice for Pet Owners" says you can cut down on grooming expenses by doing touchups on your pet at home.
While bringing your pet in for grooming is, of course, still important, you can decrease visits to the local pet grooming place if you learn about the basics and do some trimming and brushing yourself. "Grooming schools offer in-depth courses, but a quick, inexpensive lesson from a groomer, vet, or certified pet stylist should cover the basics," author Melinda Dodd says in the article.
As for the tools you'll need for your grooming mission, Melinda says things such as fur clippers and nail clipper-styptic sets are mostly available in stores. "While DIY may set you back a few bucks in the short term, you’ll save hundreds in the long run," she says.
So the next time you're scheduling a visit to the groomer, equip yourself with the proper grooming know-how so you can take longer times between sessions. If you don't have a grooming expert to consult, try searching for helpful videos on the net. For dog owners, for example, eHow.com has a "How to Groom a Dog" video tutorial series.
[Click here to read the full article on WomansDay.com]
Want more pet care tips? Check these out on FN:
- 3 Tips on Choosing the Right Vet from Good Dog Magazine!
- 16 Basic Items Every New Pet Owner Must Have
- Canine Cribs: 6 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Home
- 7 Things You Need to Know about Rabies
- Doggy-Dangerous Munchies: 20 Food Items Not to Feed Your Pooch
(Screencap from Dog Whisperer courtesy of National Geographic)