On average, most pet parents have their dog groomed about every 6 to 8 weeks. And a trip to the groomers usually means your pet comes home with a squeaky clean coat, neatly trimmed nails and a set of freshly-brushed pearly whites.
Unfortunately, your dog’s up-do won’t last forever. We know how challenging it can be to maintain that newly groomed look. So those of us here at The Barking Lot came up with a few tips to help keep your dog looking great from head to paw between scheduled visits.
Though it may seem like a simple task, routine brushing is probably one of the most important areas of hygiene maintenance for your pet. Regular brushing not only helps rid your pet’s fur of excess hair, it also serves to spread the natural oils found in the skin throughout his coat.
A routine brushing allows you to thoroughly check for fleas, ticks or any other parasite that might be lodged in your dog’s fur. Certain types of dog hair have the tendency to quickly become tangled and matted. This is usually true of long-haired breeds and pets with curly coats. Brushing on a normal basis eliminates any pain or discomfort your pet might experience otherwise.
Trim Your Dog’s Nails
Much like human beings, dog’s nails grow differently. Depending on your pet, his level of activity and nail growth pattern will usually determine how often his nails should be clipped. It’s essential to keep your dog’s nails trimmed to avoid improper gait. Nails that are too long can break if caught on something. Not only does this impede your pet’s ability to walk or run, it can also cause unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Left unchecked, overgrown nails could result in joint pain and even arthritis.
When trimming your dog’s nails, be sure to stop right at the quick. This may be easier to do if your dog has light colored nails. Cutting too far down could result in bleeding. When in doubt, count on The Barking Lot’s pet grooming services for the reliable maintenance of your dog’s hygiene.
Clean Your Dog’s Teeth
Unfortunately, this is the part of pet upkeep that frequently gets overlooked. Many vets say that their four-legged clients often go months without having their teeth cleaned. Some pet owners may not realize it, but just like us, dogs’ teeth are prone to things like tartar, plaque, and gingivitis.
According to experts, most pets display signs of gum disease by age three, confirming the importance of regular dental care while they’re young.
Bathe Your Dog
Most dogs will only need to be bathed every two or three months. More frequent cleanings can dry their skin out and deprive it of natural oils. Be sure to use shampoo designed especially for pets. Steer clear of the eyes, ears, mouth, and noise while bathing.