Much like us humans, dogs can look and feel much better after a bit of grooming and maintenance. If you have a particularly long haired dog, or one that just can’t help themselves getting as filthy as possible on their daily walks – you’ll know the struggle of trying to keep their fur regularly clean and smelling fresh.
For professional dog grooming near Abergele, Hafod-Y-Bryn kennels have their very own pet grooming studio, which is a registered member of the British Dog Grooming Association.
Between visits to the grooming studio, you can help to keep your dog’s coat looking shiny through regular home grooming and ensuring that they have a nourishing diet. Here are a few tips to ensure that your dog looks his or her best throughout the month:
Invest in the Right Grooming Equipment
When it comes to buying grooming equipment for dogs, there are a range of different clippers and brushes, which are designed to suit different coat types. The most common is a bristle brush, which can be used to remove hair and dirt in the majority of dog breeds.
A soft bristle brush is better for dogs with shorter fur, however if your dog has long fur, try looking for one with stiffer bristles for a more effective comb.
A wire-pin brush is a great choice for dogs with curly or medium long fur. They can help to detangle any tough knots in your dog’s fur, as well as brushing out any loose hairs.
A slicker brush is an effective brush choice for removing loose hair and detangling. As the pins on these brushes are made from metal, you should try not to brush your dog too much or too hard with a slicker brush, as it could cause discomfort.
Choose the Right Shampoos
Dogs should not be shampooed on a regular basis. As a general guidance, once a month should be the maximum. Shampooing your dog too frequently can cause the natural oils within their fur to diminish, leaving their skin dry and itchy.
When it is time to bathe your dog, you should select a dog shampoo carefully. Shampoos with too many synthetic and unnatural ingredients can make your dog’s skin become sore and flaky, and so it is best to choose one which is comprised of mostly naturally sourced ingredients. Try to look for a soap-free and moisturising shampoo, made with only natural oils.
Select Nourishing Foods
You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. However, there is a lot of truth to this, and it applies to both humans and animals. Poor quality foods can not only affect the health of your dog, but they can affect their outward appearance.
Foods with not enough nourishing ingredients in can leave your dog’s coat looking dull, and often greasy. When buying your dog’s food, look out for brands which use high quality meats, as well as added ingredients such as sunflower oils, fish oils and chicken fats.