For many Australians, pets are part of the family.
That's why it's so important to understand two important aspects of owning a pet; grooming and finding the right care so you can have complete peace of mind when you go away.
Not just about beauty
Regular grooming is an essential part of caring for your pet, with dogs, for example, it not only helps keep their coats healthy but it's a great bonding time.
While this should be part of your regular routine, from time-to-time it's a good idea to seek professional help.
It's not just about helping your dog look their most handsome self, there are also health benefits, for example, a professional groomer will also check your dog's paws for cuts, thorns or punctures.
They can also tell you immediately if your dog has parasites and will check your pet's coat for fleas, the ears for ear mites and other parasites that you may not be able to see.
Dogs should be bathed using a shampoo specifically prepared for dogs and a groomer will know the right products that not only give the best results but will avoid any irritations.
If your dog has a long coat, you may also need to clip it to avoid matting. This is probably best left to the experts, after all, you don't want to end up with the canine equivalent of a pudding bowl haircut.
Whilst cats can spend up to 50 per cent of their day grooming, we sometimes think they don't need our help, but the reality is they most certainly do - but the frequency and type of grooming varies depending on your cat's breed and coat.
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While you are away
Whether you're heading away home for work or pleasure, leaving your pet can be stressful.
A boarding kennel or a reliable sitter can offer your pet quality care and often they’ll have so much fun that they’ll consider it a holiday too.
Visit the kennel before you make the booking. Check for cleanliness, number of staff, exercise and food options. Check the team are able to spot any health issues, and the premises are secure to avoid any escapes.
Don't forget that pets are required to be current on their vaccinations, including the vaccine for canine kennel cough (Bordetella).
The best kennels get booked out early, particularly for peak holiday times, so if you are planning to go away at Christmas of Easter, it's best to plan to book well in advance.