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Checklist for Your Pet Dog's Grooming Supplies

Checklist For Your Pet Dog's Grooming Supplies

You've recently added the furriest member of your family. With an addition that cute comes responsibility. Sure grooming is about keeping your puppy looking good, but it's also about keeping them healthy.

Tools for the grooming job

Establishing a regular grooming schedule is important, so you can avoid health problems such as excessive shedding, skin ailments, mats in your pup's hair, paw deformities from untrimmed nails as well as teeth, ear and eye troubles. Here are the tools you will want for the job.

Brushing: it's the grooming you can do daily
Regular brushing and combing of your dog's coat should be part of any grooming routine. Whether you have a curly-haired Poodle mix or a shorthaired Dalmatian, brushing is a duty best done daily.

Here are a variety of brushes and combs that can help you help your pup:

  • Dematting comb
    Widely-spaced teeth are used to separate and untangle mats. You can also find combs with widely-spaced rotating teeth for coats that have a tendency to mat.
  • Half-coarse, half-fine comb
    Fine teeth at one end and coarse teeth at the other, this is a metal comb good for all kinds of brushing.
  • Flea comb
    These have very fine, closely set teeth and are used to find and trap fleas.
  • Wire slicker brush
    These are recommended for curly-coated dogs such as Poodles and Bichon Frises.
  • Pin brush
    Perfect for long-haired dogs such as Afghans and Lhasa Apsos.
  • Rubber curry or short, hard, natural bristle brush
    Made for removing loose, dead hair from smooth or medium-coated dogs like Labrador Retrievers.
  • Deshedding tool
    Designed to reduce shedding by up to 90% by easily removing the undercoat and loose hair.

Other grooming tools include:

  • Scissors
    There are scissors with blunt ends to safely remove hair from between your dog's pads.
  • Thinning shears
    Thin up that coat for summertime without leaving an obvious cut line.
  • Clippers
    These are electric shears with detachable blades and/or snap-on combs to cut your dog's coat shorter. Always have Kool Care on-hand to help keep the blades from becoming hot—which can cause clipper burn or scratches to your pet.
  • Grooming table
    If your dog needs serious, high-maintenance brushing and combing, you might need some serious equipment. Your dog can be at a height that's comfortable for both of you, and you can use the overhead leash clamp to keep your dog securely on the table during the grooming process.

The right time for bath time

A solid grooming schedule is important. Keep your dog happy and healthy by bathing and grooming on a regular basis. Depending on the breed of your dog, baths should be given every 4-8 weeks. Below are some items you'll need for bath time:

  • Pet shampoo
    Just for dogs, a pet shampoo will rinse away heavy dirt and debris.
  • Flea shampoo
    It helps to eliminate fleas. Be sure to read the label for proper use.
  • Waterless pet shampoo
    Don't need a full-fledge bath? Use waterless shampoo to remove light dirt and address odor problems. You can choose from a variety of sprays and foams.
  • Old clean towels
    As a dog parent you will want to have lots of these on-hand. Use these to dry off your dog after a bath. You may also use a hair dryer but be sure to set it to "warm" and not "hot."

Essential ear cleaning

Not sure how to clean your dog's ears? Have your vet or groomer show you how. You'll need cotton balls and a product specifically designed for ear washing. Remember; never put anything smaller than a finger in your dog's ears. Cotton swabs can push dirt and debris deeper into the ear canal and you could potentially puncture their eardrum. Simply moisten the cotton swab or cotton balls with ear wash specifically formulated for dogs. Be careful not to plunge the cotton balls (or any object) into your dog's ears.

Oral care

From eating to playing, taking care of your canine's canines is an important part of making sure they can eat and play happily. So be sure to read our guide to Doggie Dental Care.

Nail care

When it comes to grooming, it's easy to notice the head, but overlook the toe. Nail trimming is as much of a benefit to you as it is to your dog. Untrimmed dog nails can scratch your floors and furniture, and neglected nails can lead to discomfort, and even paw deformity. So be sure to check if your dog's nails need a clip and read our guide on the Nuances of Nail Care.