When a dog doesn't have the proper grooming, it can cause all kinds of health problems like sores and nails that are too long.
Dana from "A Barking Lot " in Mobile says nails that grow too long are at risk for bleeding once they are cut down.
If your dog's hair gets too long, matting can occur and provide an area for yeast to grow, especially if the hair is wet. Dana says that matting also affects a dog's behavior. A normally happy-go-lucky dog with matted hair can become irritable.
It's important to keep the hair around a dog's ear trimmed too. Ear mites and yeast can live in that hair when it isn't properly groomed.
So, what's the proper maintenance for longer hair pets?
Dana says dogs with long hair should be brushed twice a week. You can use combs found at beauty supply stores. Use a comb with long teeth on one end, and shorter teeth on the other end.
Bathe your dog once a week, and be sure to blow-dry afterwards. If you let your dog air-dry, Dana says your pet could get matting, sores, and yeast.
Grooming depends on your breed, but pets with longer hair should be groomed at least once every six to eight weeks.
Dana says whether you groom your pet at home, or take it to a professional, just do it! It's very important to your dog's overall health.
If you choose to groom your dog, keep in mind that you must change your sheers often to prevent overheating. Be careful with your dog's underarms. They're very sensitive. And, be mindful of the soaps that you use. Some soaps have chemicals that can be harmful to certain breeds.
Of course, "A Barking Lot" will be happy to groom your pet professionally. They're located at 960 Schillinger Road S Suite F in Mobile. You can make an appointment for Monday - Saturday from 7:30am - 4:30pm. Give them a call at 251-633-6699.
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