Q: How often should my dog be groomed?

Every dog is different in terms of coat care and grooming rotation.
My recommended repeat groom for your dog is based on their unique coat/breed/style and is aimed at keeping their coat (and looks) in great condition.

Q: How often should i bath and brush my dog?

It depends on your preference and your dog’s lifestyle but bathing between 1-3 weeks is recommended with specialist dog shampoo. Brushing should be daily for long and curly/wavy haired breeds to ensure matting doesn’t occur as it can be very painful for your dog and increase the likelihood of them needing to be shaved down on their next groom. For shorter haired and wire breeds, brush once every few days to reduce shedding by 60-80% in most cases… ask me about my de-shed groom!

Q: What about ear care at home?

Regular cleansing with ear cleanser and a damp kitchen towel or cotton wool is effective. A good guide is to use two fingers together to cleanse as this will make sure you don’t go too far into the ear canal. Watch out for nasty smells, coffee ground type debris or sore-looking inner ears as these can all be signs of ear mites or an infection (extremely common especially in droop eared breeds). If you are worried please see your vet.

Q: And what about eye care?

A gentle daily wipe with damp cotton wool working from outer to inner eye will keep on top of discharge and keep your dog comfortable as well as preventing residue building and hardening – this can lead to very sore eyes. Dogs with facial folds i.e. pugs/bulldogs will also benefit from gently wiping through the creases and checking for sore spots and debris regularly. If your dog’s eyes are discharging excessively, are red, or they are scratching them, See a vet.

Q: What should I do about nail problems?

Although some dogs have naturally longer nails, generally if dogs are walked regularly on hard surfaces then the nails will be kept smooth and short. I always check your dog’s nails during their groom and trim/file as necessary. However when the nails become long over time, the quick (blood supply) also grows longer which means they will bleed if trimmed short. The only way to combat this is to take tiny amounts off the nail, wait for the quick to recede, and then trim again.

Q: And what about paw care?

I check and trim the hair between your dog’s paw pads during their groom and advise you if I notice any problems. It’s a good idea for you to check regularly at home. Feel between their pads for trapped stones/debris as this can easily penetrate your dog’s skin and become infected. If you are worried please speak to a vet.

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