From the Groomer’s Table
Grooming is not only about maintaining your dog’s level of cleanliness or about keeping your dog looking good. Grooming is about maintaining your dog’s physical health as well as their appearance. Training your dog to tolerate grooming starts at a young age, approximately 3-4 months. If you wait too long to begin the grooming sessions, your puppy may not be as tolerable to it, especially when it comes to ear cleaning and nail clipping.
If your dog has long hair, curly hair or is double-coated, grooming is especially important. Most grooming sessions for these dogs can be more intense and usually take a longer amount of time, compared to dogs with short hair. It takes more time to brush their long fur and they need to get used to staying still for a longer amount of time.
Brushing in between grooming appointments is especially vital for our long haired patients. Brushing once a week between appointments will help keep your pet’s coat in shape. However, brushing is beneficial for all kinds of dogs no matter what breed they are, helping to remove dead hair (shedding), dirt and dandruff. A regular brushing schedule also helps to bring out the natural oils in the dog’s fur. As you brush, the natural oils are spread all over your dog’s fur, giving the coat a healthy sheen. Imagine having your hair in a ponytail that’s just a little too tight, got it? A mat can feel the same way to a dog- constant pull on the skin. Now imagine that feeling all over your head and even your body, and you have an idea of how uncomfortable an un-groomed coat can be. Daily and even weekly brushing can prevent against matting.
Whether it is here with our groomer Steve or even in your own home, regular grooming gives you and our groomer time to check your dog for any skin abnormalities. This includes skin problems (hot spots, red patches), fleas, ticks and dry skin, or issues with their nails, ears and eyes such as infection or inflammation. When these things are found in the early stages, most importantly they no longer have the chance to become more serious and treatment for these problems is much less costly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I bathe my puppy? The recommended age to start bathing your new puppy is 8 weeks or 2 months of age, making sure any soap does not reach their eyes. Also, be sure to use a warm towel to dry them off. It is very easy for puppies to get cold, especially after a bath.
What type of shampoo should I use when bathing my dog when using a topical flea/tick/heartworm preventative? Always, always, use a SOAP-FREE shampoo when using any topical preventatives. Many bottles that you find in pet stores will have a label saying “safe to use with topical preventatives”.
How often should I have my dog groomed? This can be a difficult question to answer because it really depends on the breed of dog and what kind of coat they have. However, when we asked our groomer, he said the standard is usually every 6-8 weeks with baths every 2 weeks in between.
What kind of shampoo does our groomer use? We have carefully selected shampoos that are safe, hypoallergenic, smell great and most importantly are SOAP FREE. All of our bathing products come from Bayer and are guaranteed safe to use on all ages of dogs.