Compared to humans’ daily grooming habits, dogs are super low-maintenance.
They can go months without a bath or a good ear-cleaning. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t groom them every now and then.
Even when much time has passed, most dogs would rather stay dirty than have to face a bathtub full of bubbles or a q-tip soaked in cleaning solution.
Despite their reluctance to bathe or get their nails trimmed, we lure our pets to the bathroom with tasty treats to ease their anxieties at the sight of doggy shampoo. After all, grooming our pets helps maintain their healthy coats, teeth and nails.
So, to keep your dogs looking and feeling radiant, below are our top 5 dog grooming items that we absolutely love and hope that you will, too!
Top 5 Dog Grooming Items
A dog’s ear canal is much deeper than a human’s, but we needn’t stick a cotton swab all the way down to the eardrum.
Instead, we can apply Virbac’s Epi-Otic Ear Cleanser gently to the inner area of the ear, wiping away excess dirt and debris.
Keep in mind, however, that doggy wax can help capture pollen and dust in the air, which is a good thing, so you’ll want to use this product sporadically.
It’s for this reason alone that you should tend to your dog’s pearly whites on occasion.
Some dog owners prefer to tackle this grooming step with Greenies, which is a popular dental chew for pets. Nevertheless, it’s important to monitor your dog as they consume this treat, which could present a choking hazard.
We recommend brushing your dog’s teeth once a week, but check with your Vet on the frequency and use of this product.
To keep your dog treading comfortably on the pavement (or anywhere for that matter), it’s important to trim their nails every three weeks or so.
This item from BOSHEL offers a safety guard to keep you from trimming a little too close to your dog’s cuticles. This is especially helpful if your pet has black nails. If so, you won’t be able to see where the inner cuticle begins.
Be mindful when using the trimmer, but don’t be frightened if you happen to nip beyond the proper amount.
This article from Pet MD can walk you through what to do in case you run into any nail trimming injuries.
For dogs that shed like crazy, this inexpensive Dual-Sided Shedding Blade is a godsend!
One side of the blade can help with coarser hair, whereas the other does wonders on softer, frizzier coats.
You’ll definitely need a dustpan or vacuum cleaner to pick up the loose hair from the ground, or you can take this activity outdoors!
We love this brand for its hypoallergenic qualities and essential oils. It’s one of the few that skip oatmeal and aloe vera, two common ingredients that could trigger an allergic reaction (although this is rare, it’s better to err on the side of caution.)
The cleansing formula in DhohOo’s 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner is gentle on sensitive skin, produces a rich lather that removes dirt and dust from your dog’s coat, and is infused with aromatic oils like cedarwood and lavender.
You’ll also want to use this product with less frequency than, say, the trimmer or the shedding blade. Dog’s produce a natural oil that keeps their coat shiny and healthy. Too much shampooing will strip your dog of this natural oil.
Finally, Mika Georgia’s Throw Blanket can be a great item to use after bathtime, so your dog can lay out in the sun or indoors, protecting your surfaces from excess moisture!
We hope you enjoyed our selection. Now, let the grooming begin!