Like many people, April Morton’s “Live in the D’s” family got a puppy during the pandemic lockdown two years ago. As first-time parents, they made a lot of grooming mistakes and not brushing the fur often enough was a big one. They also realized that everyone takes their pet to a professional groomer and getting an appointment, especially in the summer, can be difficult. Don’t forget to schedule time from busy schedules to take the pup to the groomer. So April and her little toy poodle, “Gigi,” paid a visit to Boujee Buddies Pet Salon in Clinton Township for advice on at-home grooming.
“First of all, brushing is important, so they don’t tangle,” said Misty Jones, owner and groomer of Boujee Buddies. She said her business, like many other pet grooming businesses, is booming and she books appointments quickly. She also says that depending on the breed, you might want to brush your teeth daily. April says, Gigi needs this, “we got her tangled up, and it’s not a fun thing to fix.” Misty suggests using a slicker brush for the top coat and a rubber brush for the undercoat. Dogs that shed a lot would also benefit from a rubber brush.
Now on to nail trimming, something that makes many of us nervous. Misty says to use an emery board or a metal nail board if you’re afraid to cut. If you cut, just cut off the tips, it won’t hurt your pet. Few animals want those pearly whites clean, but Misty says so, and keeping ears clean is important to preventing infection. When brushing, she said you only need to do the outside of the teeth as it keeps the inner part clean. Clean the ears by dropping the ear cleaner inside the ear, massage it in and use a cotton ball to wipe. Teeth and ear cleaning should be done as often as possible, or even daily if you can. Misty says to dab some witch hazel on a cotton ball and put it on the outside of the tush to keep that area fresh and smell stinky.
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