The Maintenance Of Dog Bows
BY NICOLE IPSON | December 29, 2017
Many people think that dressing a pet up, or placing dog bows in their pets hair is just silly! However, there are other people, such as myself… who absolutely love it. With the ability to turn your pet into a bow covered fluff ball most people tend to forget that this can cause issues though. So, here are some tips as to how you can have fun with your pet, and keep their coats in good shape.
Believe it or not, putting a collar on your pet can cause the same issues as putting a jacket on your pet. Of course, these issues are only for long coated dogs, a collar won’t mat a short-haired pup or kitty! When placing accessories on your pet there are things that you should immediately be aware of such as…
Size of the accessories
How long the accessories will be left on
How much maintenance it will take to maintain the coat if left on
This may sound extreme, however, if you want to leave your pet long these are things that need to be considered. Take for example a long coated dog and a collar. This is the most commonly seen issue in a grooming salon for the start of matting around the neck. If you as an owner find that your dog’s neck is always matted, there are two main reasons for this. The collar type is more than likely flat against the coat rubbing the hair. That along with the collar is not being removed for brushing can become a problem.
Half of the customers seen in the salon admit to not removing a collar before brushing their fluffy friends. Combined with natural matting that happens behind the ears creates a mat collar so to speak connecting the ears to the neck. It doesn’t take much for this to spiral out of control causing your groomers to have to, unfortunately, shave your pet if the mats can’t be safely removed. So, in this case, an owner with a long-haired pet should consider purchasing a rolled leather collar as well as remove the collar when brushing to ensure matting doesn’t occur.
Tips For Accessories Types
Dog Bows placed in ears- Remove after a week and brush area they were connected to.
Collars- Remove every other week and brush around the neck and behind the ears.
Jackets, Sweaters, Harnesses, Etc- Do not leave on for more than a day. Brush all areas in contact with the clothing or harness not forgetting the armpits.
Shoes- Remove once the pet comes back inside and comb through the tops of the paws.
These simple tips, however, due to ease, they are often forgotten. Each of these simple tasks can save a lot of pet owners from the heartbreak!
As fun as it is to put clothes on your pets, this luxury also comes with a great obligation to your pets well being and comfort. So the next time you put a bow in your furry family members hair or a jacket on to keep them warm, simply brush them afterward. Keep your pets happy, healthy and fabulous with these tips!
From Our Family To Yours!