Just because you’re in between dog grooming appointments, doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to keep your dog’s coat healthy in the meantime. If you already use a dog grooming service, these tips will help your dog’s coat look shiny and healthy in between appointments.
Our dog groomers at Dog Gone Fun want to make sure every dog looks and feels their best, which is why we offer a range of grooming services for your fur baby. Continue reading to learn our seven grooming tips for your dog.
1.) Brush Your Dog’s Coat
Does an unpleasant odor waft into the room whenever your dog runs to greet you? Brushing your dog’s fur helps remove dirt, dead hair, and other debris that could be giving them this unpleasant odor. Brushing your dog also distributes natural oils that keep your dog’s coat looking healthy and shiny.
If your dog has long hair, you’ll need to brush more often to prevent matted fur. Use a metal comb after the initial brushing so you can get down to the skin. Brush gently with the metal comb to avoid irritating or hurting your dog’s sensitive skin. Brushing your dog regularly will help their next dog grooming appointment go smoothly.
2.) Trim Nails
Trimming your dog’s nails not only saves your hardwood floors, but keeps your dog healthy. Nails that grow too long can make it difficult for your dog to walk and run properly. Once their nails grow long enough to curl under, your dog could snag or even break off a nail. Dog nail trimming prevents these types of injuries so your dog can run with joy, not pain.
Dog nails grow at different speeds, similar to humans. Depending on your dog, they may need their nails trimmed every 2 to 6 weeks. During your routine dog grooming appointment, our local dog groomers will also be able to trim their nails.
3.) Clean Ears
You should clean your dog’s ears at least once a month and more frequently if they have long floppy ears. While floppy puppy ears are adorable, they also increase your pet’s risk of ear infection. Your dog may also have a higher risk for ear infections if they swim often. However, a healthy amount of wax in your dog’s ears actually helps lubricate and protect the dog’s ears from infection. Keeping your dog’s ears clean and dry will prevent ear infections by reducing bacteria and wax.
4.) Wash Face
Some dog breeds (like bulldogs) have skin folds on their face that need to be kept clean and dry. Otherwise, you could be increasing your dog’s risk for dermatitis or infection caused by bacteria. Cleaning your dog’s face is as simple as using a baby wipe or warm washcloth. If you notice redness or bumps in between the skin folds, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
5.) Clean Around Eyes
Does your dog get goop around their eyes? While certain dogs are more prone to eye goop, too much can be a sign of conjunctivitis. Call your vet immediately if your dog suddenly has more discharge than usual. Use a warm wash cloth to soften hardened goop, before gently removing it with a flea comb.
6.) Give Baths
You should bathe your dog at least once a month. Washing your dog too frequently can dry out their skin. If your dog loves playing outside, use dry shampoos or doggie towelettes in between baths. That way, you can keep your dog’s coat clean of allergens, dirt, and other debris. Dog cleaning will also help your pet smell better.
Thinking of scheduling a dog haircut? Your pet may benefit from a dog haircut if they have matted fur that can’t be brushed out. Our dog grooming service also includes haircuts for show dogs so they fit the coat standards for their breed.
Our Okemos dog groomers work hard to make sure your dog looks and feels their best. We also offer services for doggy daycare and dog boarding for when you need to go to work or take a trip. To schedule dog grooming, call Dog Gone Fun today at (517) 657-4300.