Whether your favorite pet is a cat or a dog, correct grooming is often necessary to keep them comfortable and happy. Grooming requires more than simply brushing and bathing. It should include a thorough check for any external parasites, skin irritation, dry or flaky skin, and ear problems. Grooming should also include trimming the nails, expressing the anal glands, and removing any matted hair that is making your pet uncomfortable. With most people's busy schedule, this is difficult to do at home. A veterinary hospital or professional groomer can often handle these needs for you. For more information on proper grooming procedures or pet care, contact your veterinarian.