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Pet Grooming and Shampoo

Regular grooming is an important part of your pet's health. However, there are correct ways to keep your pet's fur, skin, nails, teeth, ears and paws healthy and clean. You may feel overwhelmed with the task of grooming your pet on your own, but following simple procedures will make the job easier. With the right information and the right tools, you'll find that grooming is actually quite simple.

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Helpful Tips and Advice for Grooming

Brushing Tips

Brushing and combing your pet before you bathe your pet can help rid your pup of extra hair and allow the shampoo to clean down to the skin more effectively. This will also prevent bathing from being an overly "hairy" job. Each pet has unique fur or hair, so make sure you are using a brush that will be suitable for your specific pet. A general rule of thumb is - short strokes for short hair and long strokes for pets with longer hair. Other things to consider during the brushing process are the benefits of helpful products, which lead us to the actual bathing process.

Bathing Tips

Know your dog and know your products. For example, dogs with long coats of hair may require a particular type of shampoo or conditioner to avoid tangles; soothing products are available for pets with itchy skin and de-shedding shampoos are available for pets who like to leave a trail of fur in their path. Do not use shampoos made for humans, they are not pH balanced to accommodate your pet's fur and skin.

Choosing the right place to bathe your pet is also important. Smaller dogs, feel more comfortable in smaller containers, such as kitchen sinks and laundry utility tubs. Larger dogs are easily washed in bathtubs or with an outdoor hose (only in the summer because the water is very cold).

Once your pet is fully soaked with water, lather them with shampoo, working from neck to tail. Massage the suds into the hair and down to the skin. When washing the face area, use a soft cloth and make sure to avoid getting shampoo in the eyes. For a softer coat, you may choose to condition your pet's hair once you are finished shampooing, although it is not necessary. Rinse your pet completely and avoid leaving suds in areas such as between toes, groin area and armpits. When drying off your pet use an absorbent towel and rub with the grain, then against, from head to tail. Keep your pet from going outdoors until they are fully dry. A wet dog attracts dirt, which turns bath time into a waste of cleaning time.

Other Helpful Tools

  • Grooming Tables and Grooming Table Arms
  • Nail Trimmers and Clippers
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste (Must be Dog Specific)
  • Brushless Toothbrush Chews
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent

Keep your dog happy and healthy by following these easy and helpful guidelines. Most importantly, know which products will work best for your pet's hair or fur.