Dog Grooming Basics For Your Pup’s Best Look

Trims and Treats: Ways To Do Right By Your Dog
April 17, 2018

Dog grooming is an important part of keeping your dog healthy and mentally well, so you need to make sure its being attended to. Of course, you yourself do not have to do it. There are lots of dog grooming professionals all over the country who will be happy to provide the service. But, its still good to know about what’s about to happen to your doggy. There is a basic grooming routine that you will want to follow for optimum health and happiness of your dog. Also, there is basic equipment you must be aware of in terms of dog grooming. Here is some of the equipment you or a dog groomer may need to complete the task of puppy grooming:

  • A medium-toothed comb is usually good, but you may want a finer one if your dog has thin hair or a larger one if your dog has thick hair. You will also want a flea comb for both removing fleas and tangles.
  • A slicker brush is a good all-purpose brush, so is a curry brush and so is a pin brush. Inquire to your local dog groomer about the differences between these brushes and which dog will be best for Fido.
  • pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner that is specifically made for dogs and their needs!
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs’ mouths, not for people!
  • Dog toenail clippers and styptic powder. What is this powder you may ask? Well it will stop your dog from bleeding if the toenail clippers hit skin. Hopefully that does not happen, but of course, you want to be prepared!
  • Otic solution, forceps, and gauze- these are to clean your dog’s ears and more.
  • Electric clipper. If your dog needs a haircut you will need an electric clipper and also clipper guards to determine how long the length of the haircut will be.

So those are the things you or the groomer will need to purchase. But what exactly needs to be done in terms of grooming? Well, there are some grooming essentials any groomer or pet owner should follow. Of course some people will debate the specific regimen you should use for your dog, but this one is a pretty tried and true basic list of responsibilities:

  • Brush out your dog, effectively getting rid of any tangles or mats.
  • Do a clip or cut if your dog needs before the bath.
  • Evacuate anal glands if needed.
  • Bathe and rinse your sweet doggy thoroughly.
  • Dry your doggie using towels or a hair dryer but make sure you set it to no or low heat so as to not damage your dog’s fur.
  • Clean ears with water or solution; dry thoroughly.
  • Clean the tear stains off your doggy’s eyes.
  • Trim their toenails.
  • Brush their teeth.
  • Brush your doggie again and apply leave-in conditioner.
  • Clip hair if it is long or necessary.

If you are of the camp that would rather have a professional dog groomer, look no further than Troy’s Trims and Treats. Troy’s Trims and Treats has a variety of grooming services that will leave you and your precious pup satisfied!


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