Caitlin UltimoGrooming / Health

Choosing the Best Grooming Products for Your Pet

If you want a healthy pet and a clean, fur-free home, it’s essential that you groom your dog or cat properly. But you may not know where to start or have the proper grooming tools on hand. Here, take a look at the items that can best help you get the job done so that your pet—and home— look their best.

Grooming Brushes & Combs

Regular brushing and combing will help trap pet hair before it is shed all around your home. A basic metal comb costs only a few dollars and can help remove dirt, tangles and matted fur.

A brush with stainless steel bristles is also a great choice for dogs or cats, and comes in a variety of sizes just right for your pet. The widely spaced bristles remove tangles, much like a comb, but trap more loose hair—a good choice for longer haired animals. If you like the versatility of a metal-bristled brush but also like a soft nylon hair brush for keeping your pet’s coat shiny and healthy (this stimulates the natural oils in your pet’s coat), try a combo dog brush.

Pet Shampoos & Conditioners

Giving your pet a regular bath will also help control shedding and keep his coat healthy and shiny.

An oatmeal-based shampoo is a great choice for pets with sensitive or dry skin, or allergy issues, and will provide your pet with noticeable itch relief if used regularly. If your pet has severely dry or itchy skin, consider switching from a standard dog shampoo to a more moisturizing cream rinse. This one also includes oatmeal as a main ingredient, so it’s sure not to irritate.

If you have a long-haired dog or cat, try a shampoo that reduces shedding for a little extra help controlling the pet-hair problem around your house.

Sprays & Wipes

If you’re a cat or dog parent who likes to do a little lighter cleaning between big baths, consider keeping some dog wipes or a spray on hand. Pet grooming wipes are a great way to clean and refresh your pet’s coat quickly—even if your best friend is a feline who absolutely hates getting wet. Some sprays may have antiseptic or antifungal qualities, which can be an added bonus if your pet has gotten extra dirty or just gotten into something he shouldn’t have (we’ve all been there!).

Eye Care

If your furry friend has an issue with tear stains, mucus or other discharge around the eyes, you can easily help clean the area by using these quick, disposable wipes to remove build up or eye discharge in seconds, without irritation.

We highly suggest that you consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on any sort of vitamin or supplement regimen. However, there are several supplements that can help keep your pet’s eyes in the best possible shape throughout his or her life, you can try these tear stain-eliminating soft chews that taste great, too (or so our pets will have us believe!).

Cat & Dog Ear Care

It’s easy to forget about the inside of your pet’s ears, but it’s important to clean them regularly to prevent wax and discharge from causing problems for your furry friend. If your pet doesn’t have huge problems in this area, try easy-to-use disposable wipes. If your dog or cat is more prone to waxy ear buildup, try a liquid ear cleanser—they’re generally available with or without hydrocortisone, so look for the hydrocortisone-free variety unless your pet has severe or chronic inflammation in that area (and if so, we suggest you consult a veterinarian before choosing any at-home treatments).