When your dog’s fur starts looking a little unruly, taking them to the groomer is a great way to get everything trimmed and cleaned up. But during the weeks in between appointments, you may want to do a little grooming at home to keep your dog looking and feeling good. Here are a few simple things you can do yourself:
- Regular brushing
Giving your dog a thorough brushing every few days can help prevent major matting and tangling of their fur. If your dog sheds, it can get rid of some of their undercoat by removing loose hairs. It also helps to stimulate and distribute oil that keeps their coat shiny and healthy. Plus, a lot of dogs love the feeling of a good brushing or combing.
There are lot of different brushes and combs available, so do your research and figure out what is best for the breed of dog you have, or their fur type. For instance, short-haired dogs often do well with simple rubber brushes, while longer-haired dogs benefit from bristle brushes. If your dog has curly hair, a metal comb can be a good option.
- Periodic bathing
You don’t have to bathe your dog every week, but once every few weeks is a good idea. This removes any built-up dirt and debris, cleanses their skin, and keeps them smelling fresh. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, they may need to be bathed more frequently – especially if they have a tendency to dig in the dirt or roll around in the grass.
- Facial cleaning
Between baths, make sure to clean your dog’s face. Take a damp washcloth and wipe down their forehead and muzzle. Gently clean around their eyes and nose to remove any goop. If your dog has skin folds, make sure to clean between the folds as well to get rid of bacteria.
- Ear cleaning
Just as you want to clean your dog’s face, you’ll want to clean their ears as well. Use a cotton ball dipped in a bit of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to gently wipe around the outer part of your dog’s ear. Make sure you get into the crevices to remove wax buildup. However, you don’t want to actually stick a cotton ball or cotton swab down into their ear canal. Going around the visible part of their outer ear is enough for at-home care.
- Nail trimming
If you’re starting to hear more clicking of your dog’s nails on hardwood or tile floors, they may need a trim. Some dogs’ nails grow faster than others. If you’ve never trimmed your dog’s nails or are worried about clipping them down too far, just take a little bit off the top to hold them over until their next appointment at the groomer. Keep in mind, you’ll want to use a nail trimmer made specifically for dogs.
Remember that you don’t have to do everything at once. Pick one task per day, or do it based on how cooperative your dog is being, or what needs to be done the most. Scheduling regular grooming appointments will ensure everything gets done and they’re looking their best, so there is less for you to do in between.
Lake Wylie Pet Resort can take care of all of your dog’s grooming and spa needs. We remain open for appointments during the coronavirus epidemic by using curbside drop-off and pick-up of your pet, and practicing safe social distancing. If your dog is looking a little shaggy, contact us today to schedule an appointment.