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Shedding and Grooming Problems

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You groom yourself, right? If you have longer hair, you wash it and brush it. If you have a crew cut, maintenance is pretty easy. You keep your nails short enough not to interfere with anything. It works about the same with pets.

If your pet smells bad, and grooming doesn't help, see your vet. Sometimes dietary changes can help, or it might be a skin problem that he can help with. Shedding will be helped greatly by regular grooming to get out all the hair before it gets everywhere. There are some tricks too to dealing with shedding dogs.

Helpful Hints for Shedding Problems

There are basically 3 ways to deal with grooming, take your pet to a groomer, do it yourself correctly, and both. You will probably spend less for a groomer than you do for the same care from your hairdresser or barber, even though there might be more work involved from the groomer. It's a bargain definitely worth the price if it helps you keep your pet.

Advice from Professional Groomers

Ask your vet, trainer, and dog owning friends for recommendations on groomers. If you have a long haired dog, this is the easiest way to go.

You can do a lot if not all grooming yourself, depending on how much effort you are willing to put into it. If you do go to a groomer, you might be able to lengthen the time between trips to the groomer if you do a lot of the work yourself. Discuss this with your groomer. No pet should have to live with a dirty matted coat any more than a young child should live the same way. The editor of this page got an Australian Shepherd who needed serious regular grooming. Seemed simple enough, but oh, that undercoat!  She found a groomer willing to teach her how to groom this dog properly for the cost of one grooming.  It was NOT what she expected, and she sure learned a lot of great info, and her dog is much happier for it.  You might consider going this route.  Here are links on doing it yourself: