Puppy Grooming Questions

new puppy lifestyle 5How often to groom?

Get your puppy accustomed to having its coat brushed or combed from an early age to avoid problems later.  Grooming helps with bonding and also helps pets become accustomed to being examined.  If you get into the habit of daily grooming it not only keeps the coat in good condition, but also if a problem arises with the skin or coat it enables you to notice it early. 

The type of grooming required will depend in the breed of dog.  Most breed clubs have a website that will provide information about the grooming requirements for the specific breed.  If your dog is a breed that will require its coat to be clipped, it's a good idea to get them accustomed to the noise and vibration of clippers.  

If you plan to clip your dogs nails yourself ask one of our nurses for advice.  Alternatively, you can book an appointment for a nurse to clip the nails for you.

When to bathe a puppy or dog?

Dogs don’t need bathing very often as they are very efficient at grooming themselve,s and bathing too often strips the essential oils from their coat. If they have become muddy then a wash with water is usually all they need. 

When they become particularly dirty or smelly then choose a shampoo that has been designed for dogs.  Bubble baths and shampoos designed for humans are usually not suitable for a dog's skin and coat.  

For more information please speak with one of our veterinary nurses.