It’s finally springtime, and if you’re not in a grooming routine already, spring is a great time to start. While spring cleaning is a great reminder to groom your dogs, we recommend that dogs need to be groomed all yearlong. Before heading to the groomers, here are some important spring (and year-round) grooming tips.
How Often to Brush Your Dog
After a long winter, dogs with thick winter coats will begin shedding, it’s important to brush your dog daily because it removes the dead coat and keeps circulation on the outer layer of skin, which promotes health. They also get dirt embedded underneath and if not brushed regularly can cause mats which are extremely painful. It’d be like if you had long hair and kept your hair in a ponytail the whole time. Your head starts to hurt. It’s uncomfortable, it’s painful to them, and they can’t express the pain like we can as humans.
If your dog isn’t brushed or combed regularly, they may become more sensitive to touch. The dog may start growling and cower when people try to pet them. You may also want to comb your dog instead of brushing him.
Oftentimes, brushes bought over the counter don’t have long enough bristles, especially if a dog has long hair. There are plenty of brushing products available in in our store to help make regular grooming a habit.
We recommend bathing every 21 days because that’s the cycle of skin rejuvenation. Before giving a dog a bath, you should ensure they are recently brushed to remove dead hair and mats. If a dog is bathed with mats, it only makes their hair tighter and harder to brush out. We recommend using natural products to make bath time easier for you and the dog, like our detangle spray (our groomers love using it!), shampoo that is pH balanced for pet skin and hair, conditioning products help with skin moisture – which will help with shedding, dry, and itchy skin. All these products are available in our stores.
How to Care for your Pet’s Toenails
When Pets’ nails aren’t cared for, they get uncomfortable and it hurts to walk. Even if it’s not a ‘hair cut’ nail care is something that needs to be done for all pets regularly. How often you should get your pet’s nails trimmed depends on the several factors of the pet: their activity level, how often they go on walks, age, weight, and even breed. Typically, we recommend every 4 weeks or less for pets with long nails or nails that grow quickly, and up to 8 weeks or less for pets who are highly active. If you hear the sound of their nails clicking on the floor it's time if a dremmel!
When you take your pet to the groomer, it’s important to find a qualified groomer that takes pet safety seriously. We have a wide range of walk in services available with no appointment needed. Our skilled grooming staff is available 7 days a week. To request a booking for a grooming appointment visit us here.