by Rebecca on January 14, 2008

in Animal Health

Regular brushing, bathing, and nail care are essential. Protect your puppy’s
eyes and ears when bathing, and don’t allow the puppy to become chilled
after bathing. Your veterinarian may recommend that you do not bathe your
puppy when it is younger than 10 to 12 weeks unless absolutely necessary
(especially if your puppy is one of the smaller breeds).

Cats do a good job of grooming themselves, but regular brushing to prevent
matting of hair is important. Cats rarely need a bath, but one can be given
if necessary. Cats object to bathing in slippery tubs, so give your kitten
something to cling to, such as a wood platform or a wire screen. Use a
shampoo designed for cats and kittens, as some dog shampoos may be
irritating. Place cotton balls in the kitten’s ears to keep out water and
use an ophthalmic ointment (obtain one that is safe for kittens from your
veterinarian) in its eyes to prevent burning from shampoo. Towel dry the
kitten completely and gently comb out any mats. Kittens’ teeth should be
carefully brushed on a regular basis. Your veterinarian can provide you with
an appropriate toothbrush, dentifrice, and instruction on how to perform
this task so that your kitten learns to accept this as part of its daily


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