How To Stay on Top of Your Dog’s Grooming During the Quarantine

We have been getting a ton of messages regarding maintaining your dog’s grooming at home during the Coronavirus quarantine.

Here are a few quick tips from our groomers to help you get through this time.

    Keeping your dog’s ears clean at home can help prevent future infections. We recommend cleaning your dog’s ears at least once a week.

    What you need:

    Cotton Pads, Dog ear cleaner (We recommend Professional Pet Products brand)

    How To:
    To clean them safely – take a cotton pad and saturate it with your dog ear cleaner. Open up the dog’s ear canal and gently wipe inside the ear, just where you can see. We do not advise using Q-tips as they can cause damage to the dog’s ears.
    A lot of dogs get eye gunk build up in the corners of their eyes. It is important to keep this area clean because the buildup can cause bacterial infections in the skin if it is not removed.

    What you need:

    Pet Eye wipes, Sterile Saline Solution, Cotton Pads, Gauze

    How To:
    To clean your dog’s eyes, moisten your pad with a sterile saline solution or eye wash. Make sure your own hands are clean when you begin cleaning.

    Wipe each eye lightly with moistened sterile gauze or eye wipe. Start on the inner corner of the eye and move outward toward the other side of the eye, using gentle strokes. Wipe away discharge, making sure not to rub the gauze directly over the eye-ball. Use a separate gauze for the other eye.
    Unfortunately, a little bit of poop is most likely going to get caught in your long-haired dog’s fur from time to time. Cleaning it up quickly when the stool is still soft will help you prevent a small problem from compounding into a much larger one.

    What you need:

    Pet Wipes, Sensitive Baby Wipes, Waterless Shampoo

    How To:
    To clean your dog’s bum, gently lift up her tail and gently wipe away the mess with a wipe. If the mess is hardened on you can use a waterless shampoo. Waterless shampoo is a great alternative to bathing and doesn’t dry out their skin.
    We recommend trimming your dog’s nails at least once every 2 weeks. A good rule of thumb to know when the nails need to be trimmed is if the nails are getting close to touching the ground when the dog is standing.

    What you need:

    Nail Clippers, Nail Dremel

    How To:
    Start by holding your dogs foot, begin clipping off small amounts of the nail. Most nails have a “hook on them” – make sure you don’t clip past this hook. If your dog tolerates the dremel just lightly run the dremel over the tip of the nail until it is smooth. Be careful not to cut the quick as it can bleed.
    We know a lot of you are concerned about your dog’s coats getting matted during this time. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you are brushing your dog out often and correctly. We recommend you brush your dog at least two times a week and more often if the dog has 2+ inches of coat.

    What you need:

    Dog Detangler/Conditioner, Wired Slicker Brush, Greyhound Comb

    How To:
    Begin by brushing your dog’s coat with the wired slicker brush. Starting from the root and brushing to the end of the hair gently

    After you carefully slicker the whole coat, take your comb and repeat the process. The combing with allow you to find any matting your slicker may have missed. If you encounter any mats that won’t brush out – spray with a detangler or coat conditioner and let sit for a few minutes. After it has sit, gently brush it out. Take the time to untangle any snarls as you can damage your dog’s coat by pulling and stretching hairs until they break.

(*All products mentioned in this article can be found at your local pet stores, on amazon, or at your drug store.)

Kate Andrews Professional GroomerInsta: @kateandrewsgroom

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