Taking your dog to a professional groomer, although sometimes necessary, can be a big expense. Depending on the size of the dog and length of the coat, it can sometimes cost over £80 to get your dog groomed. But below are some tips on how you can save money on grooming expenses.
1. Brush and bathe your dog regularly. A bottle of shampoo and a brush can be bought for very cheap and it will lengthen the time in between visits to the groomer. This will also help keep the dog’s hair from matting, and groomers generally charge an extra fee for de-matting. It’s a good idea to brush a long or medium haired dog at least once a day; short haired dogs may only need to be brushed a couple times a week. Dogs should be bathed about once ever two or three weeks. Bathing too often may make their skin dry and cause itchiness.
2. Trim your dog’s nails yourself. Nail trimmers for dogs are usually very cheap and will save your groomer from doing it. Prices range usually from £5-£10 depending on the groomer, and this is usually an additional fee added to the bill. As long as you keep a regular routine your groomer wont have to trim your dog’s nails. Just be careful that you don’t cut them too short or they will bleed and cause pain to the dog.
3. Brush your dogs teeth and clean the ears. There are lots of styles of toothbrushes, toothpastes and ear cleaners in pet stores. They are very affordable and can save you not only in grooming charges, but can prevent large vet bills. Brushing their teeth helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis which can become very severe and require expensive medical treatment. Ear cleaning is another fee groomers like to charge clients for, but that fee can be eliminated by keeping up a routine of your own. It will also help prevent ear infections.
4. Get your dog’s hair clipped. Doing this will drastically lengthen the time between grooming visits. It makes coat maintenance easier and also makes the dog more comfortable. And if you don’t like the way it looks, it will grow back. There are a variety of clips that your groomer can discuss with you, or if you’re handy with clippers you can even do it yourself. Just remember to keep safety first.
Following these tips can drastically reduce or even eliminate those pricey grooming visits. Spending the little bit of money to start your own grooming routine will save a lot more in the long run.
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