With the warm weather just around the corner, dogs and pet owners alike will be spending more time outside and enjoying the sunshine. Although this can be an exciting time for everyone, it is important to keep your pet’s health in mind as the weather begins to change. As groomers and lifelong pet owners, we understand how hectic life can be especially during the spring months. We have gathered some dog grooming tips we swear by to help keep your pet healthy and happy!
The most important thing is keeping your pet clean.
- Check the fur of your pet frequently for any fleas or ticks. If you find anything moving, make sure to ask your groomer to do a flea bath the next time they come in for a groom. While your pet is getting the treatment, make sure to wash and clean their toys, bed, kennel, leashes, etc. If you are not sure how to check your pet for these pesky bugs, check out this quick instructional video!
- Do not forget to brush your pet’s fur at least once a week. This will help reduce shedding, allow their skin to breathe, and avoid any matting, which can be painful to remove if the hair gets too clumped. While brushing, make sure to briefly inspect the condition of their skin. If the skin of your pet looks dry or flaky ask the groomer to use an oatmeal shampoo that will help moisturize and stop the constant itching and scratching.
- When taking your dog to the groomer for a shave-down, be sure to do some research ahead of time. Some pet parents might think that shaving down a dogs fur will help them keep cool. However, there are some breeds that feel perfectly comfortable with their long fur (as long as it is well taken care of and groomed regularly). Most breeds are comfortable with their fur because it has a natural climate control function. So before you shave down your pup, do some research and ask your groomer if your dog really needs it!
- If your pet spends some time in the water during the warmer months, make sure their fur is completely dry (check the underlayer). Sometimes, when the fur is only dry on the top and the undercoat is left wet, they can start to smell really bad and get infections due to their skin constantly being moist. Making sure they are completely dry after any water activities will surely take care of this problem! Do not forget to check their ears and try them out after a swim. Certain breeds, especially those with folding ears are prone to ear infections, so keep an eye out! If the ear looks red, has an excessive amount of brown gunk, or smells bad, take your pet to the vet for a quick clean-up and a prescription that will clear it right up!
- After spending a lot of time outdoors running in the grass or on the hot pavement, the paw pads of a dog can take a beating. Always check for cracked paw pads and make sure to put ointment if you see any cracks. Check for any hangnails and stuck debris between their toes, which can cause discomfort and pain.
By keeping your eye on these few things, you and your pet are sure to have a happy, healthy, and worry-free season of playing outside and enjoying the outdoors! If you are ever unsure of something or have additional questions, never hesitate to contact your groomer who will be happy to give you additional advice or assistance!