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Top 5 Tips To Keeping Your Pooch Pristine - Summer Edition

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Dog parks, beaches, the woods…your garden.  Summer is a time for our dogs to get down and dirty.  Literally.  It’s the best of times, yes!  However, all this getting wet and dirty can lead to matting, hot spots, ticks and skin irritation.  So we want to offer you a few tips to keep your pooch pristine.

1. Bathe - Bathing is a great way to combat allergies for both your dog and your family!  By washing your dog they will carry less allergens into your home and less will sit on their coat bothering them. Bathe a dog with normal skin, once a month with dog shampoo or human baby shampoo. If you want to bathe more often than once a month, use a soap-free or moisturizing shampoo to prevent the skin from becoming dry. Do not bathe your dog more than once a week, unless recommended by your vet. 

2. Blow-dry - Blow drying has a number of great benefits in the summer including helping to prevent hot spots and skin irritation from moisture staying on a dog’s skin and coat. Blow drying is also beneficial to prevent matting that can quickly get out of control on dirty and damp coats. It’s of particular importance to pay attention to ears that flop - ensure they’re dry under there to prevent infection.

3. Brush - Brush your dogs before letting them swim to help keep their coat free of matting.

4. Fur-cut - Dogs that require grooming often get shorter cuts to keep them comfortable in the summer. However, don’t shave your dog. Dogs use their coats to regulate their body temperature and protect them from sunburn.

5. The "Regulars" (but with a little extra vigilance) - Continue to brush your dog’s teeth and pay attention to his paws. Check between his toes for ticks, foxtails, brambles or other debris, and trim his nails.

For all your grooming needs, please give us a call, or come on by a store nearest to you.  You can also find all you're beloved pet pal necessities right here:   My Dog's Grooming Needs


*Additional expert advice courtesy of bubblypaws, cesarsway and the bark.



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