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What You Should Know About Dog Grooming

Grooming is a crucial aspect of pet ownership. Regular grooming keeps dogs healthy and strengthens the bond between pet and owner. Our veterinarians at Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in Gilbert have put together a list of basic grooming practices to help you get started.

Grooming Basics

Dog Grooming

Your dog's grooming needs depend on its breed and lifestyle. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors or has long or thick hair, it will require more grooming than dogs with short hair or those that stay indoors.

However, all dogs require basic grooming to keep them looking and feeling their best. It is important to start a grooming routine when your pet is young to make it a calm and enjoyable activity for you and your dog.


Regular bathing is important for dogs to keep their coat clean, remove dirt and debris, and prevent unpleasant odors. When bathing your dog, use warm water (not hot) and a dog-specific shampoo. Avoid using human shampoo, as it may cause dryness and irritation to your dog's skin. Rinse your dog thoroughly to ensure all soap is removed.

Consider using a dog-specific detangling conditioner for dogs with long or difficult fur to make brushing easier. Short-haired dogs may only need a bath every 3 months, but dogs with longer fur or active outdoor lifestyles may benefit from a monthly bath. If you're unsure, bathing your dog once a month is a good rule of thumb.


Many dogs love to be brushed, and brushing them regularly is important. This helps to prevent matting, removes old hair from their coat, and can prevent skin irritation. Weekly brushing also allows you to keep an eye on the health of your dog's skin and coat and may reduce the amount of loose fur in your home. For most dogs, brushing once a week is enough. However, breeds such as Portuguese Water Dogs or Bichon Frises may need more frequent brushing to maintain their coat's appearance.

Nail Trimming

Nail trimming is essential for all dog breeds. Use nail clippers specifically designed for dogs to trim your dog's nails. Some dogs react better to rotary nail trimmers, but they take a little longer to use.

If you are nervous about cutting your dog's nails or if your dog won't tolerate you trimming its nails, make an appointment with a professional groomer. A trained groomer can trim your dog's nails quickly and calmly, so you won't have to worry.


Different dog breeds have varying requirements regarding haircuts. You can consult with your veterinarian at Crossroads Veterinary Hospital to determine how frequently your dog should have a haircut. 

To give your furry friend a haircut, wash them and dry them off with a towel. Next, use a pair of sharp scissors to trim the fur around your pet's face and feet. Finally, use electric clippers to trim the rest of your dog's fur.

If you prefer a professional groomer to cut your dog's hair, they have the necessary tools and expertise to make the process quick and easy. Feel free to contact us for more information on professional grooming services.

At Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, we offer professional grooming for your dogs or cats. Contact us today for more information about grooming services, or to book an appointment.

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