Best Shampoo For Pomeranians – Keep Your Dog Looking His Best!
The most popular question I get asked is “What’s the best shampoo for my pomeranian?”
My answer: “Keep your dog looking his best!” (I’m not kidding!) That’s why I’ve decided to write this post. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] . Thanks for reading!
As you might already know, there are many different types of shampoos available for dogs. Some are good for just one breed while others may work well with multiple breeds.
You need to choose the right type of shampoo based on your dog’s specific needs.
In general, there are two kinds of shampoos: those designed specifically for humans and those designed specifically for animals. These two categories are often confused because they’re both used to clean their owners’ hair but the difference between them is usually subtle.
For example, some shampoos for cats use ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax and vegetable glycerin. These ingredients make up what’s called a natural product.
A synthetic product uses chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and parabens (a group of preservatives).
The thing with these chemicals is they’re not exactly good for your dog so you’ll want to stay away from those shampoos.
I’m sure you’ve heard of dogs getting sick after licking their coats clean. This is due to the harmful ingredients in most pet shampoos.
Most pet shampoos have a pH level that’s not compatible with canines which is why they get sick when it enters their bloodstream.
So what should you do?
Look for natural and organic ingredients that are safe for pets. These ingredients include aloe vera, chamomile, oatmeal, lavender and more. You should also look for shampoos with a pH level of around 5 or 6.5. This is the range in which dog skin is most comfortable and won’t have an adverse reaction to the shampoo.
Before we move on, I want to talk about anti-itch shampoos a little bit. If you’ve done some research before coming here, you probably know that these types of shampoos can be hard to find.
If your dog has dry skin or allergies, they may suffer from an itchy and irritated scalp which can lead to excessive scratching and biting at themselves. This can cause sores and scabs to form which is very difficult to treat.
If this sounds like your dog, then you need to find them an anti-itch shampoo as soon as possible.
Does your dog suffer from this condition?
If so, I would strongly recommend that you seek the help of a veterinarian or a professional groomer. They will be able to find the right solution and treatment for your pet.
How To Groom Your Dog At Home
Grooming your pet is not just about keeping them looking pretty. It’s also important for their health and well being.
If your dog is not kept clean and his hair is left untended, he can get all sorts of nasty conditions that can be avoided with a little bit of maintenance.
Most people think that grooming means clipping and trimming but the truth is, the most important thing you can do for your pet is to brush their fur on a regular basis. Brushing removes dead skin cells and debris such as dirt and mud that gets caught in their fur.
Brushing also stimulates the skin and releases a healthy oil into the fur which keeps it shiny and healthy looking. It’s important to choose the right brush.
For long-haired dogs, you’ll need a metal comb. Look for ones with wide teeth that are close together as these will be the most effective at removing knots and tangles.
Start at the bottom and work your way up until the entire coat is done.
Brush the hair into the direction of hair to remove tangles. It’s much easier to do this while the dog is dry.
Wet fur tends to tangle very quickly.
For short-haired dogs, you’ll want to use a bristle brush. These brushes have wide rubber bristles that are perfect for removing debris and dead skin cells.
These are especially good for dogs with sensitive skin as they are very soft on the skin. Start from the head and brush the hair in the direction of hair growth to get rid of any tangles.
While some people prefer to use a wide-toothed comb on their dogs, others find that a flea comb is better as it can really get into the skin and remove fleas, eggs and their babies too.
Not all flea combs are the same so it’s important that you find one that works for you and your dog. I have found the following to be the best:
Fine-tooth – These combs have very small teeth that can be used on a number of animals and humans too. The small teeth are great for removing fleas and eggs but they can’t get out too deep into the coat.
Wide-tooth – These combs are the best for removing tangles and mats but they aren’t as effective as removing fleas, eggs and their babies.
No matter what type of comb you decide to use, always start at the head and work your way down. This is important because it will prevent you from pulling out any knots or tangles that could cause pain or injury.
There will come a time when your dog’s hair will get so long that it needs to be trimmed. Not all dogs need this but some do, especially those with curly hair.
You will also find that most long-haired dogs will need their hair cut at least every six weeks or so to keep them looking neat and tidy.
It’s important that you never cut your dog’s hair yourself unless you are trained to do so. If you don’t have the right equipment and knowledge, you can harm your dog in more ways than one.
Take them to a professional groomer instead.
All dogs need their toenails clipping from time to time. Otherwise, they can grow too long and eventually start to curve causing pain and possibly injury to the foot.
Some dogs can tolerate their nails being clipped without any pain medication but if your dog isn’t one of them, you should consider having some powdered lidocaine on hand to keep on hand. This will prevent your dog from feeling any pain during the trimming process.
Unless you’re an expert, it’s best to leave the clipping to a professional groomer. If you feel comfortable doing it yourself, be very careful when cutting the black portion of the nail (the quick).
It only takes a small mistake to cause bleeding and injury.
Mats are areas of the coat that have become tangled and knotted to the point where they’re almost impossible to get out without cutting them out. All dogs get them but long-haired dog seem to develop them much sooner.
It’s important that you don’t cut out the mats yourself unless you’re trained to do so as even the smallest of cuts can lead to a lot of bleeding and pain. Instead, find a professional groomer who can handle the task for you and your dog.
Nail Trimming Without Pain
No matter how careful you are, some dogs are just going to feel some pain when having their nails clipped. If you want to keep your dog from feeling any pain, there are a few options including having some lidocaine powder on hand.
Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that you can put on your dog’s nails before clipping them to keep them from feeling any pain. It doesn’t last very long so you’ll have to reapply it as needed.
Never apply it to broken or bleeding nails though as it can lead to some serious complications.
You can buy lidocaine powder at most pet stores and even some drug stores if you don’t have any luck at the pet store. Just remember to wash your hands after using it to prevent accidentally getting some in your eyes or ingested as it can be toxic if taken internally.
Just a reminder, never try to trim your dog’s nails if they’re severely curved as this may be a sign of a health problem and you should have them checked out by a professional instead.
This is, of course, assuming that you’re trimming your dog’s nails yourself. As we touched upon earlier, unless you’re an expert or have experience doing it, you should definitely leave this job to a professional groomer.
Not only will they do a better job than you ever could, but your dog will be much more at ease as well which is important.
Mats, also known as clipper burs, are a normal part of dog grooming. Your dog will develop them no matter how much you try to prevent it and they’re not always easy to see if you aren’t looking very closely.
The most common areas for mats are going to be under the arms and in the groin area. These can become so severe at times that it might appear as though your dog has a skin condition of some sort.
While it’s always best to try to prevent mats from happening, they’re just an inevitable part of pet ownership. If you catch them early enough, they’re very easy to remove.
The longer you wait though, the harder they are to get out. Some never seem to come out completely no matter what you do and in these cases, your dog will have bald spots wherever the mat was located.
Clipper blades need to be changed regularly as well to prevent any sort of strain on the motor. It might cost a little bit more money to do this, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
Not only does it save you a lot of time, but it also prevents your dog from feeling any pain or getting any sort of skin irritation.
The hair on your dog’s back usually grows in different directions so you’ll probably find that the clippers get stuck in some areas more than others. Take your time and go slowly over these areas to prevent any accidents.
Always, always, always keep an eye on the blade you’re using or else you can cause some very serious harm to your dog very quickly. By taking a little more time, you can easily avoid a major problem that could put your dog in the hospital.
Bathing Your Dog
If you have a long haired dog, you’re going to need to bathe them on occasion. Even if you brush them every day, they’re still going to get dirty and stink if you don’t give their coat a bath every once in awhile.
You can either do this yourself or pay a professional groomer to do it for you. If you decide to do it yourself, read on to learn the right way of doing it.
Before you start anything, make sure that you have all the necessary supplies needed within reach.
Shampoo – Human shampoo works just fine for this purpose. If you have a young puppy or an old dog, make sure to get them a special dog shampoo as their skin and fur will be much more sensitive.
Conditioner – This is optional but it helps soften the coat and makes it smell better.
Old Towel – To drain all the water off the dog after you’re done.
Bowls – One for water and one for shampoo. Don’t use the same one for both or else your dog will get sick drinking out of it later.
Brush – Any brush will do. If you want to get them specific clipper brushes though, feel free to do so.
Just make sure you keep them organized well so you’re not hunting around for the wrong one when you need it most.
Comb – You’ll want to make sure your dog’s coat is completely detangled before you bathe them to prevent any possible mats from forming.
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary supplies, it’s time to wash!
Fill up the sink with warm water and drop in a good measure of dog shampoo. Make sure you lather it up pretty well before dipping your dog in because you don’t want to waste all that bubbles that you worked so hard to create!
If you’re using a human shampoo, make sure that it’s specifically designed for the skin and won’t cause any harm to your dog. Some shampoos say that they’re safe to use on animals but that doesn’t always mean that it is.
Now it’s time to get your dog in the water. If you have a large dog, you may want someone to help you hold them still while you do this.
If it’s a smaller dog, you shouldn’t have any problems holding them in the water yourself.
Start at the top and work your way down, making sure you lather up every area of their fur. Go slowly and make sure you get out any knots or loose hairs that are tangled up.
It’s important to make long, smooth strokes when you do this to prevent any skin irritation or rashes from forming.
After you’re done with that, rinse off all the suds that have formed. You can do this by either dipping your dog back into the water or pouring it over them with a bowl.
Once all the suds are gone, carefully inspect their coat to look for any mats or tangles that need to be removed. If you find any, carefully comb them out.
If not, then you’re done!
You can either blow dry your dog or towel dry them (which is safer for their coat). Just make sure you get all the water off of their coat before letting them go outside because even a small puddle can cause their fur to mildew if left in the air for too long.
And there you have it! A nice, fluffy dog to enjoy for the rest of the day!
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