Merritt Milam | March 1, 2018

This time of year our grooming salon stays very busy! As Spring Break and warmer weather arrive more pets come to see us for baths and grooming. The benefits of an experienced groomer, like Jill, are numerous. She keeps your pet clean, happy and can even help detect health problems early. When it’s not possible to bring your pet into Wags for grooming, here are some things you can do at home between their grooming appointment.

Set A Regular Grooming Time
If your dog isn’t use to being groomed at home, start by setting a regular time for a grooming session. This will help your pet establish a routine and get comfortable with the activity. Begin with short sessions and gradually increase the time as they become more relaxed with the process.

Regular Brushing
Regular brushing is the most important way to maintain your pet’s coat between their grooming at Wags. It helps remove dirt, prevents tangles, and distributes the oils throughout their coat. Most pets will love the attention and you’ll be able to check for fleas, ticks, and any skin issues that might need professional attention. Before you start, make sure you choose a brush or comb that is right for your pet’s breed. This will make grooming easier and more effective.

Don’t Forget the Ears
Ok, so cleaning the ears may not be the most exciting part of your “at-home” grooming time, but it’s important. Regular ear cleaning helps prevent ear infections due to a buildup of bacteria and wax. Monthly cleaning should be fine unless you have a breed with long ears that flop over the ear canal, then you should clean more frequently. Make sure you DON’T use a cotton swap. This can damage the ear canal. Instead, use a soft cotton ball with ear cleaning solution. Gently wipe the inside – being careful not to go too deep. Regular ear cleaning also allows you to check for infections.

To Bathe or Wipe…Keep it Simple!
If you’re up for the task of bathing your dog between their regular Wags grooming…go for it! Most people are not set up or prepared for this at-home cleaning routine that can take time and lots of patience. One of the best ways to keep your pet clean and smelling good before their next appointed grooming is a good weekly wipe down with doggie towelettes or a damp cloth. Wiping provides a quick, easy way to keep them smelling clean while removing odors, dirt or pollen. Combined with regular brushing of their fur…your pet should easily make it until their next grooming with Jill.

Trimming the Claws
Just like humans, some dog’s nails grow quicker than others. If your dog comes to Wags ‘N Whiskers regularly – they’re probably accustomed to having their claws trimmed, if not, you’ll want to start slow, massaging their paws gently to help them get comfortable with the process before you start to clip their nails. Make sure you have a good pair of clippers and most importantly be careful not to cut the nails too short. Providing a small treat to reward your dog during the process can help.

At Wags ‘N Whiskers we love grooming pets…but when you can’t get your pet in for their regular appointment with Jill, try these tips at home and you’ll be able to keep them looking good until their next visit.