Americans love their animals, and nothing says love like a well groomed, cared-for dog or cat. Grooming is an essential part of pet ownership, and neglecting your dog’s hygiene is very unhealthy. Keep your dog healthy and beautiful with the following best picks for grooming your pet.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Grooming begins with cleanliness, and your pets need shampoos and conditioners specially formulated for their unique hair and skin combinations. The type you choose should gently cleanse away dirt and dander, but shouldn’t strip away vital moisture pups and need to maintain healthy skin.
Animal shampoos now contain natural extracts to help soothe and cleanse the coat and skin, reduce dander, eliminate odors and calm itching. Our favorite pick for all purpose dog shampoo and conditioner is Hartz Groomer’s Best: 3 In 1 Conditioning Tropical Breeze Scent Shampoo.
TIP: Try pet wipes to clean up your pets on the go. These are great for eliminating wet dog smell.
Brushes and Rakes
Once your little love bug is cleaned and conditioned, they’ll need to be brushed in order to reduce shedding and tangles. If your dog or cat gets mats and tangles easily, you can benefit from JW Pet Company GripSoft Dematting Rake that makes short work of gnarled messes. Natural bristle brushes like the Martha Stewart Pets™ Dual-Head Brush with compact heads and flexible handles are perfect for all types of coats and can be used for both dogs and cats.
TIP: When working with long hair, begin at the ends of the hair and slowly work your way up. This way, you can avoid breakage and minimize the risk of pulling hair out by the root or causing skin tears.
Overgrown toenails make pets uncomfortable and can be burdensome during play sessions. Keep those claws trimmed down for their comfort and your protection. Traditional trimmers have served their purpose decades and are still great tools today. We like the Safari Professional Nail Trimmer.
A safer alternative to traditional clippers is the nail grinder. Grinders are easier to manage for new pet owners and minimize the risk of cutting nails back too far. One of the best models on the market is the Dremel Pet Grooming Kit.
TIP: Steer clear of nail clippers with looped double blades. Sometimes pet’s nails are broken, split or incompletely cut by these trimmers. They also have a tendency to lock onto the dog’s nails when they fail to make a clean cut. I have yet to find a pair that makes a clean cut every time.