#Furholics – Grooming Tips For Small Animals

Whether you have Guinea pigs, Rabbits, Hamsters or Mice, looking after their coats is essential. Regular grooming helps keep skin issues at bay while serving as an essential check on fleas etc. Speaking of fleas, if you notice that your pet is suffering from this, it is best to get them treated straight away at the vets. As fleas can spread, it may also be a good idea to get rid of them for sure in your home too. It could be as simple as getting in touch with a pest control company like terminix arizona to help get the job done professionally. You don’t have to deal with them for longer than you need to.

This regular activity also means that in the event that your pet falls ill, you are far better equipped to notice it, an get a veterinarian to diagnose and consequently nurse her/him back to health.

Must Brush

The simple task of running a brush through your pets fur help contain parasites, mats and any abnormal growth. Pets with long coats like Guinea pigs need regular brushing. Short haired pets can be brushed once a week. A soft brush or one with rounded tips works best. Additionally, if you have 2 piggies, you can find a guinea pig cage for 2 guinea pigs and they will often groom each other. It can save you time grooming, and space with 2 cages. Not to mention, they can have each other as company too.

Bathe As Required

In the really rare event that your Rat, Guinea pig, Hamster or Rabbit is advised a bath by your veterinarian, make sure you go for a shampoo meant for small animals. Rats in particular need shampoo specifically for small animals due to their fur type (click here to get more detail on this.) Use slightly warmer than lukewarm water and dry the animal thoroughly before putting it back in its home. If you have a rabbit, be careful when bathing it as it is an unnatural experience for them. Try and bathe them quickly and then put them straight back into their hutch. If you haven’t got a hutch inside your house for the rabbit to ensure it dries properly, you could always look online for a rabbit hutch for sale. The same thing goes for the other small animals too. Make the bath really quick since most animals will be stressed about it. Avoid getting water in their ears, nose, mouth and eyes.

Clean Ears

Keep a regular check on the ears. Clean out the black deposits very gently with a soft cloth dipped in an ear cleaner (like Goldiies ear cleaner) and keep a watch for parasites.

Nail clipping

Most pets will need their nails to be clipped once a while. Use small scissors or clippers that are available in the market. Pay attention to the quick (the pink part in the nail which has blood vessels). If your pet has dark nails, shine a light into the nails from below to identify the quick. If you cut into the quick, the nail bleeds Dont worry, just dip the nail in cornstarch or flour or into a used, wet tea bag.

Happy Petting!

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan