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When we toured Dirty Dogs Grooming with owner, Kayla Romano, we got the goods on what really goes down in the grooming session. You probably already know that the bath is a primary component of the groom; but did you know that the groomer has access to some great shampoos for different types of coats?
Let’s take a look at Shampoos
Dirty Dogs Grooming also uses eco-friendly, all natural products and cleans the shop with green products to protect the environment. Check with your groomer about this if it’s important to you.
Brushing the teeth is part of the game here too. Ask your groomer if he/she will do this. Most times they do, if even for a small fee. You should be doing this on the daily at home. Local pet stores will sell dog tooth brushes and finger toothbrushes or you can use an old one of your own. Just ensure that you use DOG TOOTHPASTE. It has a different chemical make-up than human toothpaste. It’s safer and can be swallowed. (Dogs rarely rinse and spit.)
Brushing the Coat
Of course brushing out the coat and trimming it up is the aesthetic portion of the grooming session. If your dog is matted, do not expect the groomer to be able to release and brush out every mat flawlessly. This, as we mentioned in a previous post, is very painful for the dog. Attempting to brush out mats causes even more pain and stress for your dog. Think about when you have a tangle in your hair. It hurts to rake through it with the comb until it comes out or you end up pulling multiple hairs out in the process (Thanks, Mom.) Dirty Dogs has the following philosophy when it comes to this and we couldn’t agree more. We mean, it’s only fur and it will grow back:
If you can keep up with the brushing at home, that is one way to keep matting under control. Some breeds can be good-to-go with one brushing per week, others may need more. Be careful not to over-brush. This can irritate the skin, causing brush burn, lacerations and even the production of dander. If you are using a Furminator, use it only every couple of weeks. This brush is actually composed of razors and can cause the problems mentioned earlier as well as thinness of fur or balding. Give the dog the once-over with the Furminator every 2-3 weeks and supplement with a soft-bristle brush for in between weeks.
We saved the end for last: Anal glands...Everybody’s favorite subject. As a rule, diet plays a huge roll in the dog being able to express his own anal glands naturally. Grain and fiber are an essential ingredient in your dog’s food. Check with your vet or pet nutritionist for recommendations and ESPECIALLY watch out for foods and treats on recall. There have been an extremely high number of recalls lately, so be careful in your selections.
Groomers will express the glands externally; but it’s not recommended for puppies. If you begin this with a puppy, it weakens the muscles that they need to develop to do it on their own. If you witness your dog scooting, licking & biting at his/her hind end or if you notice bad breath, check with your veterinarian as you may need to head in to have that checked.
That about wraps up the grooming convo. Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you!