Pet Care Tips for Pet Owners Young and Old

How To Groom A Dog With A Long Coat

If you recently brought home a new four-legged addition to your family and it's a dog that happens to have a long coat, then it's important for you to learn how to properly care for the dog. You may be able to take care of a lot of its grooming needs on your own, but you may also find that you do need to take it to a professional groomer regularly as well. This guide will walk you through the things you should be doing regularly to keep up with your dog's long coat, as well as its other grooming needs –

You need to brush your dog weekly

It's important that you make sure your dog is getting a complete brushing every week. If you find that your dog is having issues with tangling even though you are brushing them once a week, then you may want to increase their weekly brushings to twice a week. Make sure you are using the right type of brush on your dog. If they have a very thick coat, then you will need a brush that has longer prongs that get down into the coat. If they are currently shedding, then you want to use a brush that is designed to help with shedding.

You may need to trim the fur on the bottom of your dog's paws

You may be just fine leaving the fur on the bottom of their paws for the groomer. However, if you notice your dog's gait is being affected because the fur is growing faster than you are able to get them in to see the groomer, then you can trim it yourself. You want to make sure the dog cooperates though. Otherwise, you can end up cutting them. You may want to have another person help you by petting the dog as they lay on their side, carefully cut the fur one paw at a tie, so the pads of their paws are exposed again.

You may need to trim their nails

When you take the dog to the groomers to have their fur clipped, they will also cut their nails for you. However, if you missed a grooming session, or you notice their nails are looking long then you want to cut them yourself. Use dog nail clippers and make sure you cut below the quick. This is the area where blood is. You can tell where this area is because it gets darker. If they have black nails and you can't see the quick, then be safe and just take a little off the nail. If they accidentally bleed then you want to put something like corn starch on the end of their nail to help it stop bleeding. There is also a professional product you can use called styptic powder.

You should take the dog to the groomer on a schedule

Depending on your dog's coat, it should be taken to the groomer according to their recommendations for a bath, good brushing, a coat trimming, a nail trimming, an ear cleaning and even anal gland cleaning (if necessary). Staying on top of the dog's trimmings will really help you take care of their coat at home in between appointments.

To learn more, contact a company like RABBIT1251, LLC

About Me

Pet Care Tips for Pet Owners Young and Old

I loved animals when I was growing up, and my first pet was a hamster. I loved waking up in the middle of the night just to watch him run on his wheel! Once I proved to my parents that I could care for him well, they then allowed me to get a dog who I also loved. When I moved out of the house as an adult, I also adopted a cat, a pet rat, and an iguana. I enjoy researching animal care before I adopt new pets and putting what I learn into action. However, one thing I also love is teaching new pet owners how to care for their animals. I decided to create a blog to share my pet care tips with everyone who needs a little extra help learning how to care for their animal companions!


Latest Posts

Keep Your New Bulldog Puppy Safe from Fall Dangers
13 September 2019

Autumn weather has arrived and so has your new Eng

Why A Vet Hospital Is A Good Place For Your Puppy's Medical Care
12 December 2018

When you get a new puppy, one important thing you'

Have An Enormous Yard? Install A Fence For Your Pets While Minimizing Costs
22 August 2018

Buying a property with a huge yard is something th

3 Qualities Any Pet Sitter You Hire Must Have
15 April 2018

There are times when you will have to go about you

Three French Dogs That Are Absolutely Irresistible
18 January 2018

Dog lovers typically find that they love dogs no m