Spring Grooming Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Now that the weather is heating up in Cincinnati, you can enjoy spending more quality time with your dog outdoors. While temperatures aren’t yet at the levels they’ll hit during the peak of summer, a dog may still get quite hot after spending so much time inside. One way to help keep your dog’s temperature at an optimal level is through spring grooming. By following just a few guidelines, you’ll be able to keep your dog looking and feeling its best.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Heavy Winter Coat

It’s common for dogs to grow a heavier coat during the cold months of winter. Although this type of coat is more obvious in some breeds than others, it’s pretty common across the canine spectrum. Once spring arrives and temperatures start going up, these heavier coats can get matted. And loose hair that doesn’t get matted can end up everywhere. The extent of shedding will depend on a dog’s breed. However, just about any kind of dog will benefit from lots of brushing during spring.

In terms of how to brush your dog, the best tool to use will depend on whether it has a coat that’s short, medium, long or undercoat. Once you find the best tool for your dog’s specific coat, you’ll want to brush in the direction that the hair grows. For mats, be sure to untangle them with your fingers instead of trying to break them up through brute force.

While some dogs may be easy enough to brush out in a short session, others may require more frequent brushing spread out over shorter sessions. And to get the best results from a solid spring brushing, be sure to promptly follow up with a bath. Just like people, a dog’s coat can dry out during the colder winter months, which is why you may want to include a conditioner in your bath routine.

Call a Professional

In addition to taking some grooming steps on your own, it’s also great to take advantage of professional help. At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re proud to offer a a variety of great spa services. Our bath service with blow dry and brush is a great way to freshen your dog. You can maximize freshness by adding a blueberry facial.

Despite your best efforts to follow the tips above, your dog’s shedding may be driving you crazy. Fortunately, our shed-less treatment or shed-less package are very effective at dealing with this issue. Complete your dog’s spring grooming with one of our thorough pawdicures. If you have any questions about our spa services or would like to schedule an appointment, you can easily reach us by calling 513-860-DOGS.

At Dog Day, Every Day, taking great care of dogs is something that’s always on our minds. Since providing great dog care is our speciality, we like sharing our knowledge and experience with dog owners whenever possible. Now that the temperature is on the rise, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring up a “pesky” topic and how you can stay on top of this issue.

What Dog Owners Need to Know About Fleas

The first six weeks of warmer weather are when fleas often explode in numbers. How do you know if your dog has fleas? Black specks are the most common sign. These specks aren’t the fleas themselves. Instead, they’re the fecal matter that adult fleas leave behind. In addition to looking for these specks in the areas where your dog lays, you can run a comb through your dog’s hair to see if any specks fall out.

If your dog doesn’t have fleas, the main thing for you to do is take preventive action now to keep fleas from becoming a problem in the coming weeks. Depending on your dog’s age, lifestyle and your own schedule, there are a variety of solutions you can compare to keep your dog flea-free.

What if you discover that your dog does have fleas? The first thing is don’t panic! Although fleas definitely aren’t ideal, they’re also not the end of the world. By taking action now, you can eliminate the problem and then prevent it from happening again.

In order to fully get rid of fleas, there are four different steps you need to complete. The first three are kill adult fleas on your dog, kill adult fleas that are planning to get on your dog and then prevent flea eggs from hatching inside your home. You can accomplish all three steps by using an active treatment recommended by your vet.

The last step is to fully clear your home and any other area your dog spends time in of flea eggs, larvae, and pupae. You can do that by frequently vacuuming throughout your home, regularly washing the places where your dog sleeps and keeping your yard as tidy as possible.

Don’t Forget About Mosquitoes

In addition to fleas, the warmer weather means mosquitoes are getting active again. Not only should you protect yourself against these pests, but it’s important to do the same for your dog. The reason that mosquitoes are especially concerning for dogs is they can carry heartworm. Since heartworm is almost always serious and even has the potential to be fatal, we highly recommend you start your dog on a heartworm preventative. If you haven’t ever used this kind of medication before, don’t hesitate to ask your vet any questions about which option is the best fit for your dog.