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A Dog Grooming Guide: Tools You'll Need to Groom Your Pet at Home

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 12:46 PM

The services of a professional dog groomer are beneficial in a number of instances — including working through matted hair and trimming long nails — but pet owners can often perform basic dog grooming techniques at home with a few simple instruments.

One of the most basic tools is the brush. Frequent grooming of a dog’s hair, particularly in long-haired breeds, will control the prevalence of shedding, stimulate blood flow, improve skin conditions and remove such parasites as ticks and fleas.

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Another important tool is a toothbrush. Much like their human counterparts, dogs are susceptible to dental conditions — including plaque, cavities, and decay — for teeth that have not been brushed.

Untreated teeth can become susceptible to a number of conditions, including periodontal disease.

Other equipment that might be worthy of investment are ear-cleaning kits and nail trimmers.

Ear infections are prevalent in a number of breeds, particularly those with long, floppy ears. Nail trimming can reduce the likelihood of pain and infection on a dog’s pads.

Depending upon how often a dog sheds, clippers, scissors, sheers, and shavers are other beneficial tools to have around the house. Clipping a dog’s hair, particularly for such breeds as poodles that do not shed, can prevent matting and skin problems.

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Any grooming regimen should be topped off with a bath. Dog-sensitive shampoos are available at pet stores and other select retailers.

Some human grooming products can be used on dogs as well, but it is important to do your homework beforehand. A dog’s skin is sensitive, and some products that are suitable for us are considered too abrasive for our canine companions.

There is a caveat to at-home dog grooming, as pointed out by professional Crystal Rolfe.

When asked in a blog post whether people should consider the practice, Rolfe said, "I would never recommend using clippers or scissors on your dog unless you are trained. There are many injuries that can result if you are unskilled."

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The services of a professional dog groomer are beneficial in a number of instances — including working through matted hair and trimming long nails — but pet owners can often perform basic dog grooming techniques at home with a few simple instruments.
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