Helpful Grooming hints and tips to ensure your pets are clean and comfy this summer.
Hot weather, clear skies, and swim suits, summer is coming up fast and its up to you to make sure your dog is comfortable and cool in this sweltering summer heat. Many problems can arise out of not properly caring for your special pooch's nails, skin, and ears, such as ear infections and dermatitis. Some dogs require a professional groomer to properly groom your pet's coat, ears, and nails, but there are measures you can take at home to make sure your pet stays clean and comfortable.
Remember to brush your dog's coat, and some breeds require a specific brush so make sure you are using the right one for your breed. A freshly brushed coat gets rid of the loose hair that can stop the air from circulating against its skin. By regularly brushing your pet's coat, you also prevent matted hair, which can trap heat as well as moisture, which can cause a skin infection. A dog's coat can protect against things like sunburn and sticks, so it isn't a good idea to shave your dog, but it is important to have you dog's coat well groomed.
Important take away:
Regular brushing keeps fleas and ticks away in addition to protecting your dog's coat.
The summer heat raises the chances of your dog getting fleas and ticks, in addition to keeping your pets coat well groomed, giving it regular baths is also a great way to kill fleas and ticks, in addition to keeping your pet's coat clean. Many animals that are in our care use V-Shampoo. It's gentle on the skin but tough on dirt.
Keep the fleas and ticks away with regular baths. It will keep your pets cool and clean this summer.
It is also important to trim your dogs nails and regularly check their ears. Wet ears and ears that fold over can promote ear infections so be diligent in checking your pet's ears. TLC Pet Health also has an effective ear cleanser for use in your home called V-EARS which will help prevent ear infections.
Regularly checking and cleaning your pets ears are key to preventing painful ear infections, but we advise against using cotton swabs to clean your dogs ears
Along with these grooming tips, it is also important to keep up with your year long grooming habits, such as getting your pet's teeth regularly and checking its paws for debris or wounds before and after every time you walk your dog. Most importantly, if you're walking your dog in the summer, remember that the sidewalk can get very hot, and dogs don't wear shoes like us, so before you take your fur baby out for a walk, remember to take a step outside with your bare foot. If the ground is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog. You may want to put dog shoes on your pet for protection.