By Divya Punjabi*

They say nothing is truly black and white but when the truth and lies are all painted in mysterious shades of grey, you get so confused.Do not panic, we are here to give the best of the best. Our expertise is coming from our Zane’s Pet Spa treasure chest of experience and training school. We have transferred our precious learnings to the glossy pages of Creature Companion Magazine. Zane (our dazzling apricot poodle mascot) is here to clear fact from fiction for you.

Myth #1: Too much, too often, not too good 

A lot of pet parents think that it is NOT a good idea to bathe their pets too often. Let dogs be dogs, or cats be cats?

There’s more than just soap and water that goes in a bath. The right bath at the right time with the right shampoo and conditioner actually helps a bucket full (pun intended). Along with dirt which you can see with your naked eye and dirt which you can’t see with your naked eye, the bath removes allergens and prevents skin issues too.

General advice would be to bathe your pet every 4-6 weeks. But it also depends on your cat or dog’s activity and health level, just the way you pick your shampoo based on your hair type. Whether they produce too much oil or too less. Their lifestyle. If they’re the fetch kinda dog or the chase the string of wool kinda cat. It is advisable to consult your veterinarian for precise advice on the frequency.

Myth #2: No bathing for short haired cats 

Most people tend to assume that short-haired cats and dogs don’t need grooming. This is partly-true, partly-not. Short-coat pets don’t require EXTENSIVE daily brushing to remove matts (layman speak-knots) – truth. But, they do benefit from regular grooming. A regular bath and brush for even short hair actually prevents matting, spreads around the natural oils evenly for a healthy coat, removes dead hair, and softens their hair with conditioner. Nail trims and ear cleaning come with the grooming too – which are more than essential for your short-haired baby.

Myth #3: Zero trim, zero marks 

This is a very common groomer dilemma. In summers, most long-haired pet parents (long-haired pets, not long-haired humans!) enter Zane’s and tell us to shave off all their pet’s hair right till the base (aka, a ‘zero trim’). So their pets remain ‘cool’. Kindly do note that neither Creature Companion nor Zane is accosting you of being a bad pet parent. It is natural to have these doubts, and we’re glad you’re our subscribers because we get to be at your service and clear these misconceptions for you. 

The theory is that the undercoat of double-coated breeds like Huskies or Persian Cats insulates them both from the heat and the cold. The Shaving destroys this natural protection. It actually puts them at a risk of overheating and sunburn. The solution is to use regular brushing as a method to remove the excess undercoat.

Myth #4: Let’s brush past the brush 

There’s a common misconception that long-haired dogs and cats require brushing that hurts. At grooming school, we learn techniques to neutralise the hurt. We would like to reassure you that professional groomers start with the ends and work their way up. We use the right brush for the type of fur the pet has. You could learn that too. Yes, prevention is better than cure, and brushing your long-haired pet daily to avoid any matts is a practice we definitely recommend. In fact, it is a practice that strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend. But that left aside, remove the brush-phobia my dear friend. You’re in safe hands.

Myth#5: Quick, the quick! 

Most groomers as well as some extremely passionate and curious pet parents know that there is a vein in the nail known as the quick. While cutting nails, if you cut too far, the quick gets hurt and the nail will bleed. Hence, the myth that cutting nails in general is a painful and scary routine. This is far from the truth. With the right tools and techniques, in the right hands, nail clipping is a simple and painless routine. Pet parents can ask their vets or groomers to teach them too. In fact, the basic regular trims prevent cracking and hurtful overgrowth.

Myth#6: Not just pretty, but pretty smart 

Grooming is not just making your cat or dog look pretty. We as groomers train to learn creative aesthetic techniques, but we would like to tell you that the core of grooming at Zane’s Pet Spa is your baby’s overall health. Grooming salons are the first and most frequent place visited by a pet and a pet parent which helps one detect skin problems, parasites and other health concerns earlier on. Watch as your dog gets the zoomies right after his or her grooming. Or as your cat suddenly turns super playful after they are dematted. In their dictionary, they feel clean, light and healthy.

To learn more about grooming, or to book an appointment at Zane’s Pet Spa, please contact us on +91 91524 92637.

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