Summertime is the season of allergies for many dogs. Between atopic and contact allergies, fleas and tickets, and other irritants, many dogs spend the summer months scratching vigorously to quell itching. Seasonal allergies can get the best of your dog, making it hard for them to enjoy the great outdoors and all the activities that come with it.
Luckily, there are plenty of great dog groomers out there. And we here at Barks N’ Rec are proud to provide the LA area with excellent grooming and boarding services. LA dog grooming can help your pet’s allergies which we’ll discuss below.
1. Bathing your pet can help
One of the best ways to help your pet’s allergies is by ensuring they get a bath at the groomer. Giving your dog a nice bath with natural, nourishing shampoo is a great way to alleviate persisting itching caused by allergies. A bath will also wash away any allergens trapped in their fur or skin, removing the catalyst for itching. Better yet, it can also prevent snarls and mats in long-haired breeds, which trap irritants, pressing them into the skin.
2. Haircuts go a long way
Much like a bath can help wash away allergens trapped in your pet’s fur, giving them a regular haircut can also help their allergies. It can make their coat more manageable and less likely to trap irritants. In addition, shorter hair is less likely to snarl and mat, which means allergens are easily brushed away or shed.
Regardless of your dog’s breed, consider scheduling an appointment with a professional groomer when it’s time for a trim. Long-haired breeds require special care to prevent overgrowth while shaving for short-haired breeds requires a sure hand.
3. Make sure to clip your dog’s nails
With pet allergies, the major emphasis is always placed on managing a dog’s coat to help relieve constant skin irritation. However, it’s vital that you also look out for your pet’s paws because long nails are more prone to trapping irritants. If your dog goes in for a deep scratch, its nails can transfer allergens right to the source of irritation. This will result in your dog being itchier and make their skin irritation even worse.
Ask your groomer to clip your dog’s nails to a short, manageable level during the hotter months. They have the right tools and know how to keep your dog during the process. A groomer can also buff your dog’s nails to prevent any cracking or chipping.
4. Grooming can help keep your pet cool
During the late spring and early summer months, temperatures tend to rise in and around the LA area. You can expect to encounter triple-digit days, making it not only hot for humans but also for dogs. If your pet consistently sweats, dirt and sweat can get trapped in their fur, further irritating it. Keeping your pet groomed will ensure that they stay as cool as a cucumber and prevent a buildup of dirt from getting into their fur.
Contact Barks N’ Rec today to set up an appointment.
Every dog has something unique to offer, from snuggles and playtime to companionship and protection. And here at Barks N' Rec, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the very best grooming experience possible. From nail trims to full grooming, our job is to ensure you and your pup are satisfied. We also offer daycare and boarding services if you need a thoughtful caregiver to watch your dog.
Contact us today to learn more about our services. We can’t wait to hear from you!