Dog grooming is an essential part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. An ungroomed dog can develop unruly mats, tight and uncomfortable fur, or collect hoards of dirt that you simply cannot stay on top of. That’s why here at Pine Hill Ranch Mobile Dog Grooming, we commit to providing customized grooming services for your pup to ensure their overall health and wellbeing.
But what happens if you’re still several weeks away from your scheduled grooming and your pup is beginning to show signs of an unruly coat? This is where you can step in.
Your canine will thank you for in-between grooming sessions so that they remain comfortable and happy well ahead of their scheduled grooming session. Here are our Little Rock dog grooming top tips.
Brush Brush Brush
Brushing your pooch should be a daily routine, regardless of their fur length. For dogs with shorter hair, choose a curry comb and soft wire brush to ensure your dog is comfortable and their skin isn’t injured. For dogs with longer hair, a pin brush, dematter brush, and deshedder brush are useful. Start gently at the ends of the dog’s hair and work your way down to the root of the hair. Your dog will thank you for it.
Put A Towel By Your Front and Back Door
A towel placed by the entrance to the house means you can wipe down your doggie’s paws as he or she enters. This prevents build-up of mud and muck on their paws and also protects your home from pawprints. Cleaner paws will also make bath times easier, as there will be less scrubbing.
Clean Their Teeth Daily
Just like humans, dogs need their teeth cleaned. However, unlike humans, dogs cannot spit, which is why human toothpaste is dangerous for them. There’s an array of dog dental products available out there, but it’s always worth checking with your vet for recommendations. Remember that gum health matters too, so a rubber toothbrush that can cater to gums is ideal for your canine companion.
Cut and Clean Their Nails
Cutting and cleaning dog nails doesn’t have to be a daily task. You can easily perform this task once every two weeks, or even once a month, depending on the breed. Remember to use clipping tools approved for dogs and wait for your pet to be relaxed and calm before attempting to trim.
Clean Ears To Prevent Infections
A regular ear cleaning will save you a fortune in vet bills and save your dog a lot of possible trauma. Ear infections can be common in dogs and occur when there is an overgrowth of bacteria or fungus. Symptoms of an ear infection in your dog can include ear scratching and head shaking, as well as a head tilt in more severe cases. Regularly cleaning your pet’s ears will help prevent this horrible condition from developing.
Clean Around The Eyes
A little bit like ears, eyes can be prone to infection. Certain breeds are more at risk of this. For example, bulldogs, Pekingese, Poodles, Spaniels and some Terrier breeds can be more at risk of getting eye problems like entropion. A gentle, regular eye cleanse can help minimize this risk. A simple dab around the eyes with warm water and a cottonball is normally sufficient. If you spot the early signs of infection (pus, redness, and/or swelling), please consult your vet.
Bath Time Fun
A clean dog makes for a happy pooch as well as a proud owner. Most dogs love a bath, but the size of your dog may determine the location in which you decide to bathe them. Huge dogs may not fit into a human bath, and may be more comfortable in the garden with a hose, specialized dog bath, or kiddie pool. Medium sized dogs can fit easily into a human bath or their own dog bath if you have one. Tiny dogs and puppies might be more comfortable being bathed in the sink. Make sure the water isn’t too hot – a lukewarm temperature is ideal. You’ll need a towel (make sure it’s a dedicated dog towel and not something you’re going to share), dog shampoo, dog conditioner if applicable, and a dog moisturiser. If you are unsure which supplies to use, please ask your vet for recommendations for that breed. Give your dog a good scrub and rinse. Then dry them thoroughly with a towel. You may need to blow dry dogs with longer hair in order to prevent them from smelling damp and feeling uncomfortable.
Please make sure you don’t use humans products when washing your dog. Strong shampoos can get into the pup’s eyes and sting or cause infection. In some cases, dogs can end up very sick at the vet's from misused products. Also, make sure that the shampoo is thoroughly washed off otherwise it can cause a skin rash and irritation.
Talk To Your Groomer
Nobody knows more about dog grooming needs than your dog groomer. They will have expert knowledge about your dog’s breed requirements and will be able to give you additional tips for in-between grooming sessions. They may also have product recommendations.
Pine Hill Ranch Mobile Dog Grooming
At the Pine Hill Canine Center, we pride ourselves on providing expert dog grooming services for all breeds. Whether you have a low-maintenance pooch or one who requires the royal treatment, we can help. We offer a mobile service so your doggie won’t even need to leave your home. And if it’s a cold day, don’t worry, we have a temperature-adapted mobile salon to keep your pooch at the most comfortable temperature throughout the session. Our professional groomers are fully certified, very experienced, and offer both a standard and bonus service. Bonus services include special designer grooming to give your dog a unique and fashionable finish.
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