As loving dog owners, we all want our pets to look and feel their best. Whether or not you regularly take your beloved pet to a professional groomers, a home dog care routine is absolutely essential: it’ll help keep maintain coat and skin condition at its best; alert you to problems and irritations that might otherwise go unnoticed; help keep pesky dog hair around the home at a minimum, and best of all, it’s a lovely way to treat your pooch and show your love for him.
Thankfully, there is a vast range of products available to help us keep our dogs in tip top condition. In fact, it can be hard to work out which ones are the absolute essential products, especially if you are novice pet owner.
To help you out, here are the five tools that no dog-owning home should be without:
Of all pet accessories, a dog shampoo is top of the list of must-haves. A good shampoo is essential for keeping your dog’s coat clean and smelling fresh, and you’ll find plenty of choices in any pet store. You’ll see that there is a wide range of options available from shampoos suitable for puppies, deodorizing options, medicated shampoos for skin conditions, and a great variety when it comes to different fragrances.
Whatever you choose, it’s really important that a pet shampoo doesn’t interfere with the natural oils present in a dog’s coat and skin, so you need something mild yet deep-cleaning so that it’s able to remove deep down nasties and odors from any coat. A good shampoo will also leave the coat conditioned and more manageable between washes.
There are many options to suit all budgets, but investing in the best shampoo possible will reap rewards. The more costly shampoos are often more concentrated, which means a bottle lasts longer than more budget options, and also means you cut down on time spent shampooing and rinsing. The manufacturers will have also spent a lot of time researching formulas and top quality ingredients to provide the optimum product for the type of coat specified on the label, leaving your dog looking the best they can.
Deshedding Tool or Grooming Glove
Unless your dog has the shortest of coats, a de-shedding tool is an absolute must. It goes far beyond a regular comb or brush in what it can achieve. It works by gently pushing through the top coat to remove excess undercoat while leaving the skin undisturbed.
The result is a silky soft coat and a much cleaner home, since it preempts shedding on your floors and furniture. The Furminator, a favorite amongst dog groomers, features a handy eject button to remove hair from the brush without having to pull it out using your fingers.
If your dog’s coat is super-short then a grooming glove will be preferable. It can remove excess hair while massaging and stimulating your dog’s skin, making it a favorite with dogs as well as owners!
There’s a super range of wipes available, which are essential for quick cleanups. Top of the shopping list should be eye wipes which gently clean this sensitive area and help to prevent tear staining. Also on the list should be ear wipes, especially if your dog has floppy ears, so that this area can be regularly cleaned and nasty odors prevented.
All purpose wipes such as Yup You Stink Emergency Dog Wipes are also amazing for emergency on-the- go clean ups. You never know when your dog might find something horrid to roll in, so keep a pack in your bag, in your car and your home. They are perfect for a wipe up of muddy paws and their anti-bacterial properties mean your dog can be fresh and hygienic in no time.
Toothpaste and Brush
Dental hygiene is essential for dogs. Those teeth need to last a lifetime, and to prevent painful and costly problems a good routine using a paste and brush is suggested from the day your pet comes to live with you.
It’s really important that you don’t use products designed for humans as these can make dogs unwell, but thankfully there are lots of great options for your pooch such as those available from Nutrivet. They’ll love the meat-flavored options available so your teeth cleaning routine will be a breeze.
Finally, overgrown claws can cause pets discomfort, especially the obsolete dew claws which do not get naturally worn down so keeping them neat and tidy is important. Human nail clippers or scissors don’t stand a chance and could be dangerous, so invest in a good stainless-steel pair of nail clippers in the correct size for your dog.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Origen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.