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Dog grooming tips

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Ensure your dog is looking good and staying healthy.

Dog Grooming Tips

No matter their breed, regular grooming is important for dogs, follow the tips below to keep your best friend looking smart, healthy and happy.

DIY or professional grooming? It’s easy to accidentally cut your pet with scissors or clippers and blades can heat up quickly causing burns and clipper rash that may end up needing a vet visit. Always take care or use a professional grooming service.

What grooming does my dog need?

Not every dog needs every type of grooming but all dogs – even those with short, low maintenance coats – will need, brushing, bathing and nail trimming. Dogs with longer coasts may also need clipping and hair trimming.

Training puppies to enjoy grooming sessions

Examining your dog’s skin

The grooming process is a good time to take a closer look at your dog’s skin and ears.

Allergic skin diseases are common in dogs, causing itchiness and making them scratch, chew or lick their skin.

External parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites can cause discomfort or itchiness and even transfer disease or other parasites like the tapeworm.


Start by running your fingers through your dog’s coat, feeling their skin for anything unusual. You can investigate further by parting the coat to examine their skin more closely for signs such as sores, redness, lumps or bumps, rashes, bald spots and parasites.

Examining your dog’s ears

When checking your dog’s skin, it’s a good idea to also have a look inside their ears. Ear infections can be painful, so if you notice any of the following changes or behaviours take your dog to your vet for a check-up:

To reduce the risk of ear infections, avoid getting water into your dog’s ears whilst bathing – this can create a moist environment for bacterial and fungal infections to take hold.

Diet and Nutrition

Speak to your veterinarian about what diet is best for the life stage of your dog and diets available to support a healthy skin and coat.

Bathing your dog

Most dogs with healthy skin only need to be bathed every couple of months and won’t smell.

If your dog smells, but hasn’t rolled in something awful, then you should discuss this with your vet, as there may be an underlying reason such as dental disease or a skin infection.

Bathing too often isn’t good for your dog’s skin – it can strip the natural oils from their coat and dry out their skin.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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Biting Parasites

Protect your pet from nasty Australian parasites.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advantage for Dogs

Advantage is the fastest relief from fleas for dogs and not only kills fleas fast, it acts on multiple flea stages to rid infestations too.

Treats

Biting Parasites

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Protect your pet from nasty Australian parasites.