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At Home Dog Grooming Tips

Healthy grooming keeps your furry friends looking and feeling their best. While professional dog groomers and veterinarian clinics provide the safest and most thorough dog grooming available, there are some basics all dog owners should learn to do at home. Here are our home dog grooming tips to keep your pal primped, preened and well. 

Use the Proper Tools

 Using the right tools makes short work of home grooming while also protecting your furry friend from accidents. Your home grooming tools should include:

  • Coat appropriate dog brush
  • Plant-Based dog shampoo
  • Grooming wipes
  • Stainless steel nail clippers
  • Dog toothbrush and toothpaste

Keep Nails Trimmed

If your dog’s nails are clicking when they walk, it’s time for a trim. Before you attempt this yourself, it’s best to ask your one of our doctors for advice on how to do it safely. Otherwise, you could nip the quick which contains blood vessels and nerves. This is quite painful and can lead to bleeding. While bleeding can be stopped using a styptic powder, nipping the quick is painful and the powder stings. Proper nail trimming keeps the quick shorter reducing the risk of accidents.

If you feel uncertain about nail trimming it might be best left to a groomer or Little Rock veterinarian. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to get you and your pet into the clinic!

Brush Your Dog Every Other Day

A thorough brushing every second day is the best way to remove debris that can lead to infection. It also helps control shedding and matting, keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. Plus brushing your pet is a great bonding activity and makes your pet feel loved! Wipe down your dog with grooming wipes or a damp towel whenever they have been romping about outside to remove dirt, grit and things like leaves or pine needles.

Brush Their Teeth

Regular dental checkups and cleanings at your vet are just as important for your pet as they are for you. However, you should also brush their teeth with a dog toothpaste and toothbrush daily to help fight tooth decay. If this seems too much work or your dog is not happy with this idea, it should be done at least once a week to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy.

Clean Dog Pads

After walks, check your dog’s pads for dirt or signs of injury. Wipe dirty pads down with a damp soft cloth. If your dog has longer hair between their toes it should be carefully trimmed using blunt-edged scissors. To keep paws moisturized speak to your vet about an appropriate balm. This will help avoid cracking, which pets are more susceptible to during colder months. 

Weekly Ear Cleaning

Use a moist cotton ball or soft cloth to wipe your dog’s ears once a week. Look for signs of irritation or infection such as redness, discharge, or unpleasant smells. Always make sure your dog’s ears are dried properly if they get wet or go swimming. Signs of infection, debris in the ear or odors from the ears require a trip to your our clinic.

Monthly Doggie Baths 

Always use plant-based dog shampoos for bathing as they will make quick work of mud and odors without harming your dog. A shampoo with conditioner helps detangle fur that tends to get matted while moisturizing your pal’s skin. Keep an eye out for foreign objects in your dog’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or paw pads at bath time. These should be removed by your vet.

Vet/Groomer Recommended Grooming

 Always have a professional groomer or vet handle the following:

  • Expressing your dog’s anal sacs
  • Removing foreign objects from paws, nails, teeth, eyes, etc.
  • Clipping or shaving your dog’s hair

These grooming tips in hand with regular professional appointments with us will keep your pet healthy and happy.

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