5 Myths About Dog Grooming

1. Only certain dogs need grooming.

False. Sure, poodles and other long-haired pets need regular haircuts, but even pugs and other short-haired breeds should be bathed and brushed regularly. Grooming is more than an attractive hairdo; every breed—regardless of size, age or coat type—needs grooming to help prevent problems such as excessive shedding, skin and paw irritations, painful mats and even bad breath. At PetSmart Grooming, we take care of your pet’s skin, coat, ears, nails and teeth. (And yes, we’ll even go there, because you probably don’t want to: We’ll also gently express your dog’s anal glands.)

2. Some dog breeds don’t shed.

Sorry to say, all dogs do. Dogs’ coats help to maintain their body temperature and protect their skin, and shedding occurs when hair stops growing. It’s natural for dogs to shed the most during the spring and fall, although excessive shedding may also be caused by stress, environmental issues or skin irritations. Regular bathing, grooming and brushing helps keep shedding under control. If the fur is really flying, ask about our special FURminator service, which can reduce shedding by up to 90%.

3. Dogs need a summer shave-down.

Okay, this seems to make sense for hot weather but it’s not true for many dogs. A dog with a thick coat can rely on it to insulate and help regulate body temperature, while short-haired dogs need their coats to avoid sunburn during the day and chills on cooler nights. Check with a PetSmart Stylist for recommendations about how to help your pup beat the heat.

4. Dogs only need baths once in a while.

Sure, mud puddles and close encounters with skunks will send your pup to the showers, but bathing every two weeks or so not only helps your dog or cat shed less and smell better, it also helps prevent or manage certain skin diseases. The key is to use the right shampoo and don’t overdo it--bathing more than once a week can strip away natural oils and dry out your dog’s skin..

5. People shampoo is just as good as pet shampoo.

Oh no, it isn’t. For starters, human skin and pet skin do not have the same pH balance. So, human shampoo may strip oils and dry the top layers of a dog’s skin and compromise their natural barrier against infection. Ask a PetSmart Stylist for recommendations for the best shampoo for your dog’s skin and coat.

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