Did you know that many historians believe that werewolf legends first originated after the fall of Rome? Dogs who had been formerly bred and trained were abandoned to the wilderness as human survival became more important — these dogs would often roam across the countryside in packs, scaring and sometimes attacking villagers.
If you don’t want your dog to look like a werewolf, chances are you’ll need to make use of a dog grooming treatment every once in a while — especially if you have one of the breeds that have a lot of hair to go around, such as poodles, silky terriers, bichon frises, cocker spaniels and more.
What are your available options when you go to a groomer? Here’s some information on what you should know.
A vet visit can be expensive — many groomers are equipped to give dogs a flea bath and properly groom them, and it can cost a lot less than trucking them over to the pet doctor. You will need to apply a topical flea treatment such as Frontline or Advantage to your dog — do not bathe them within two days before or after the treatment for optimum efficacy.
Dog Toe Nail Trim Service
If you opt for full service grooming, nail clipping is typically included. The professional groomer will typically give the nail a quick inspection to make sure the nails are healthy. Most dogs need their nails trimmed every three to four weeks — overgrown nails can cause discomfort or ingrown nails. It is possible to cut your dogs’ nails yourself, but many owners avoid it because the dog can be difficult to hold still, or they are afraid of cutting the quick (blood vessel running through the nail).
Deshedding treatment can usually be included with your dog grooming visit for an extra charge. Typically, the groomer will place the dog in a warm bath in order to loosen up their coat, then conduct a vigorous brush out while the dog is still wet. This is followed by deep conditioning, and a high-velocity blowout. Each salon will likely use a different methodology for ensuring a coat that sheds less, but the key of the process is to get out the bulk of the coat, and reduce tugging on the fur that leads to shedding. Hair typically grows on about a six week cycle — if you only get the deshedding treatment about once a month, it can take a few months before the benefits start kicking in.
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