Even if you take your dog to the groomer regularly, there are certain things that you’ll want to do at home to keep them looking their best. If you’re more of DIY person, you can easily learn how to clean a furry best friend completely.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pup as shiny and clean as the day you got them.
Advantages of Natural Products
Use natural products to avoid harmful chemicals from getting into your dog’s skin. Natural products are also less likely to spark allergies.
“Consult with your holistic veterinarian for more information about natural products. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial that helps fight infection. Ask your veterinarian how best to use this. You can also use lavender and peppermint oils. Additionally, all pet products that have aloe in them are soothing and can help your dog with hot spots,” according to petonbed.com.
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Daily
According to WebMD, you should brush your dog’s teeth every day. This removes dirt, dead hair and other things your dog gets into throughout the day. For best results, choose natural products. Chemical-free products are easier on your dog’s skin. Even two or three times a week reduces the impact of doggie breath and improves your dog’s oral health between cleanings. Chew toys help keep your dog’s teeth free of tartar buildup.
Brush Your Pup’s Fur
This is probably the easiest grooming tip since most dogs love to be brushed. You can brush your dog every day or a couple of times a week to distribute natural oils for a shiny coat. Eliminate tangling and matting on longer-haired breeds and use a metal comb to reach the skin. If you have a difficult dog who doesn’t like grooming, it may be less stressful to take them to the groomers.
Trim Their Nails
Different breeds have nails that grow more quickly or slowly. Most dogs need to be trimmed every two to six weeks. Once you have an idea of how long your dog takes to grow out their nails, you can set reminders on your phone or calendar. If you groom your canine regularly, you may be able to just cut the tips to avoid the drama of a full trim at home. If you hear tapping when your dog walks across tile or hardwood floors, it’s time for a trim.
Clean Their Ears and Face
All dogs should have their ears cleaned monthly. However, some species have heavy ears that require more frequent cleaning. Wax and debris create a great environment for bacteria that can lead to infection. Buy an ear-cleaning kit or look up a simple solution you can make at home (typically involving a vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solution).
Some breeds have beautiful scrunchy faces. Moisture accumulates within the wrinkles and folds. Therefore, it’s important to clean them to avoid skin infections.
Remove Eye Goop
Some dogs accumulate eye goop due to excessive tearing or discharge that gets crusty. Warm the area with a damp cloth and use a flea comb to clean the fur near the eyes. It’s important to be extremely careful not to poke the eye with the comb. If you aren’t comfortable doing this, leave it to the professionals.
Baths Are Great for Dogs Too
Your dog may look great but smell bad. Doggie towelettes and dry shampoos make cleanup a breeze. Some have moisturizers that leave their coat shiny and smelling great. For full baths, stick with natural products and consider regular grooming appointments to ensure their skin and fur remain healthy and clean longer.
The tips keep your pet clean and smelling nice so you’ll want to be closer to them than ever before.