Tips for the At-Home Groomer and the DIY Dog-washer
It's been muddy. Dogs love walking through mud. Dogs love rolling in mud. These are just facts. Well, these are just facts in my household.
The rolling isn't just limited to mud, either. The smellier or more disgusting the pile, the more inviting it is to roll in. There are several theories as to why they do this primarily including to brush out loose fur or dirt, as an instinct to cover their own scent, or just because it feels good. What our little dirt-divers don't realize is two out of three of those reasons will likely lead to a bath for them. Now a bath is an enjoyable experience for many crusty canines, but for others it's akin to cruel and unusual punishment. Here are a few "Do's and Don't's" to ensure your pet's grooming routine is healthy and peaceful.
First, before you even get started, make sure you have the proper tools. This includes nail trimmers, a styptic powder like Kwik-stop (to stop bleeding nails), a pet-specific shampoo, an ear cleaner with a drying agent, a coat-appropriate brush, and a pet toothbrush. Check out our online pharmacy for many of your grooming needs and until April 30th you can use the promo code NOHEARTWORM2021 to get 15% off your entire first order! If you plan on trimming your pet's fur as well, we highly recommend purchasing clippers with a guard and watching a tutorial (or three) before you attempt it on your own.
Take a look at our tips below and keep reading for a bonus tip for those...especially smelly situations!
These tips should form a good basis for healthy, safe, and pleasant at-home grooming for both you and your pet. As you gain experience, you'll learn more tricks to make grooming easier and more pleasurable. As always, if you have any questions, please call the clinic. Don't forget to take advantage of our current offer of 15% off your first online order. Use the code NOHEARTWORM2021 at our online store.
Some dogs just know how to make friends, and like people, they don't always make the best choices when it comes to friends. So when your dog decides to make friends with the neighborhood skunk and comes home a smelly, mix up the following recipe and use it as a shampoo: