Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic

15646 Manchester Road
Ellisville, MO 63011


At Home Grooming

Many people like to bathe their pets at home in between grooming appointments.  This is a wonderful way to keep your pet clean, but you must remember that there is a right way and a wrong way to bathe your pet at home.  Always remember to brush out your pet's coat BEFORE you bathe him or her.  Most people do not realize that this is the number one reason your pet's fur becomes matted.  If there are any knots, tangles or mats in his or her hair, the water will make them become tighter and tighter until our pet stylist will have no choice but to shave the hair short.  Brushing before the bath will prevent this situation.

Brush the coat out first with a brush and then go through it carefully with a comb to make sure all the mats are out.  Many times the matting will be close to the skin so you must make sure you are not just brushing the top coat.  Be careful not to brush too hard next to the skin or you may give your pet a brush burn (skin irritation).  After you are sure that all of the matting is out, you can now proceed to the bath.  It is also important to brush your pet after the hair coat has dried but this will be much easier because all of the knots were taken out prior to the bath!!

Do not attempt to cut any mats of hair out at home with scissors because it is very, very easy to cut your pet's skin.  If you cannot comb out a hair mat it is best to leave the matt alone until our pet stylist can shave it out for you.