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  • Grooming Lessons for Your Pet

    Do your animals have long hair that often gets matted? Pam Wiese with the Nebraska Humane Society fills us in in the importance of grooming.

    Many dog breeds are billed as low-shedding or non-shedding. Poodles. Maltese, Shih Tzu Bichons, all have wavy fine hair and no thick undercoat. But don't think that non-shedding means low-maintenance. These guys need regular grooming to maintain their health.

    Daphne is a 10-year-old Lhasa Apso/poodle mix who arrived at the Humane Society looking disheveled. Some people like a scruffier look but it takes daily brushing to keep the coat tangle.

    Daphne had several mats around her face and head, close to her skin that were impossible to brush so she got a rather radical shave down. Once her hair grows back out a bit, regular grooming will keep her looking and feeling good.

    When mats are dense the hair can pull on the skin causing pain and restricting movement. Because the mats don't get airflow they can smell a little gamey. That’s very unhealthy.

    Often when the groomer shaves down dogs she finds skin in terrible shape, flaking off. Underneath it’s red and irritated from the constant pulling of matted hair. .........
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