Spring brings with it new blooms, fresh pollen, and for pets, shedding of old coats. Spring is the perfect time to pay some extra attention to pamper and to maintain your dog’s fantastic fur coat. It will be a much-needed relief for your dog to receive some help getting rid of extra fur and preparing for nature’s most obnoxious and potentially harmful foreign elements. To help keep your dog happy and healthy, here are some dog grooming tip to follow in the spring:
Brush Them Well
Regardless of if your dog has long or short hair, you should help them alleviate all that leftover winter shedding by brushing them at least once a week. Remember to use a brush that is made for the length of your dog’s hair and to avoid brushing them too harshly. When fur is shedding, it becomes easier to get matted and tangled, so be careful.
Give Them Regular Baths
Ideally, you should bathe your dog once a month if it’s an indoor dog and no more than once a week if it’s an outdoor dog. Start by purchasing a quality shampoo and conditioner, especially for long, thick coats. Dog’s skin can become very irritated if you’re using a cheap shampoo that dries them out. You should avoid using human shampoo unless it’s completely organic and made for dry skin.
While you’re bathing your dog, run your fingers through their hair and over their skin. This will not only feel great and help calm your dog; it can help you detect any sensitive spots, ticks, spurs, or hidden mats before you brush them later. When their bath is done, make sure to towel them down thoroughly. I would use two towels, one for preliminary drying, and the other one to wrap them up for a little bit. Some dogs won’t really cooperate with this, so you could try using a blow dryer on cool instead.
Take Them for a Spring Check-Up at the Vet
If you’re not the best at the whole dog grooming process, it’s okay; you can simply take them to your local groomers on the way to get their yearly check-up at the vet. This is an excellent time to update your dog’s shots, check for early signs of disease, and tooth health. While you have your dog at the groomers, try to be by your dog’s side to make them more comfortable with the whole process and to get some pointers about how to groom your dog at home.
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