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Keep Your Dog Looking Great Between Professional Grooming Sessions


The benefits of professional grooming are numerous. It keeps your pet clean, happy and professional groomers can often detect health problems before you even notice them. But, professional grooming is not enough. Maintaining your dog's grooming at home is an important part of pet ownership. There are several things you can do at home between each grooming session to not only keep your dog looking great, but healthier too.

Many professional groomers recommend having your dog professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks. Dogs with longer hair may require grooming more often. In between appointments, regular DIY dog grooming will continue to keep your dog looking its best. Maintain a regular at-home grooming time when your dog is the most relaxed. Start with short sessions until it becomes routine for your pet and then gradually increase the time.

Regular brushing is important to maintain your dog's appearance between grooming sessions. Brushing and combing your dog's fur helps removes dirt, prevents tangles, and distributes natural oils throughout the animal's coat. Plus, it's a great time to check for ticks and fleas. Find a dog brush or comb recommended for your breed of dog - whether it has long or short hair. We recommend brushing your dog every couple of days.

In addition to brushing, pet owners should regularly clean their dogs' ears. Keeping the inside of your dog’s ears clean can help prevent ear infections. Lightly saturate a cotton ball or piece of gauze with ear cleaning solution and gently wipe along the inside surface of your pet’s ear. Be careful not to go too deep, just the inside ear surface that is easily visible. Also, be sure to examine around the outside surface of the ears to look for ticks or fleas. You should do this about once a week. Don’t use cotton swabs; they can damage the ear canal.

Cleaning your dog's teeth is an important part of dog grooming. Dogs are susceptible to many of the same dental problems as people - cavities, gum disease, and tartar buildup. Using a special toothbrush designed for dogs or a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger, gently wipe the outside surface of your dog's teeth. For best results, clean two to three times a week. Dental chew toys are also a great way to help maintain your dog's oral hygiene.

Depending on how often you have your dog professionally groomed, you may need to occasionally trim your dog's claws. Make sure you have a good pair of nail clippers. Read the manufacturer's directions before starting. The best advice is to go slowly and don't trim the nails too short. You can always trim more, but cutting the nails too short can cause bleeding and possible infection.

Always reward your furry friend with a treat after each grooming session. With these tips, you can keep your dog groomed at home and looking great between professional grooming appointments. Southern States has the dog grooming supplies and the know-how to keep your pets happy and healthy. Stop by your local Southern States store.


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