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Grooming Tips While Staying At Home

With grooming salons deemed non-essential during this COVID-19 health crisis, some people and their pets are having a full-blown hair crisis. And just as some folks have taken to home remedies to address their hairstyles, there are some basic grooming steps which can help get your pet through to his or her next appointment.

Bathing – Don’t over-bathe your dog, regardless whether you have extra time while stuck at home. Dogs produce natural oil which sustains a healthy coat. Over-bathing can remove this oil and dry out a dog’s coat, which leads to an itchy dog with skin irritation. One bath every 3 weeks is generally enough for most dogs. Use a mild, hydrating shampoo which not only leaves a fresh scent but also conditions the coat. And a rubber brush will remove shedding hair and dander.

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Clean Coat – Sometimes you need a clean up in between baths to reduce odor or address certain problem areas. Grooming wipes can remove dirt and odor while moisturizing your dog’s coat. And a scented spray not only hydrates and deodorizes your dog’s skin and coat but may also address root causes of itchy, dry skin. 

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Brushing – During this extended period between grooms, regular brushing of your dog’s coat may help reduce matting. And this is a key step for any shedding breeds, as the winter coat is ready to come off. Brushing little dogs for 10 minutes and big dogs for 20-30 minutes at least 2- 3 times per week will remove dirt and debris from your dog’s coat and reduce the likelihood of tangles. A metal comb and a detangling spray can help break up small mats which may have already formed.

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Trimming Nails – The least favorite step, for both you AND your pet, is a nail trim. Your dog or cat wiggles or pulls when you grab their paws, which makes you nervous that you will cut them too short. But keeping their nails short is a health issue – long nails can exert undue pressure on paws and joints, thereby making walking and running painful. Desensitize your pet by touching their paws regularly. Trim off just the tips for dark nails to avoid cutting the ‘quick’ blood vessel inside, or just up to the quick for clear nails. Trimming nails more often makes it a less traumatizing process for you and them, while the quick actually will recede so you can get them shorter over time.

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Flea & Tick – All this time at home allows us to walk our dogs more often which is great exercise for you and them. But outdoor time in the Spring means more potential for a flea or tick issue. And this brings diseases into your home, let alone the itching and irritation. A natural pest control spray applied regularly to your pet and their bedding can prevent an infestation and kill any existing bugs or egg. Use a flea comb to remove any bugs or eggs, which often appear around the head, neck, ears and paws. Recommended products

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