Summer Fun Can Wreak Havoc on Your Dog’s Coat and SkinWe love to have our dogs romp in the grass, meander through the woods and swim at the beach with us these long summer days. 

But all that fun can cause tangled coats, skin irritation and other issues that can become big problems in a month or two. That's why it's important to be especially conscientious about coat and skin care now. 

Our professional groomers recommend this five-step routine regularly to keep your dog healthy and comfortable:

  1. Do a deep brushing to work out mats and tangles that cause irritation and can lead to skin problems. If your dog is badly matted, don't try to brush him yourself because you can hurt him. A professional has the tools and training to address the problem humanely.

  2. Check for parasites. While you are brushing, inspect for signs of fleas, ticks and other parasites. Even with regular parasite prevention treatments, you may occasionally find a few unwanted travelers hitching a ride on your pet's skin. 

  3. Shampoo thoroughly to remove dust and mold spores that can cause irritation. Follow with a conditioner to moisturize sun-damaged skin. Towel dry, then brush and comb. If you use a hair dryer, put it on the coolest setting so you don't burn skin. 

  4. Do an ear check -- especially if your dog has been swimming. If ears have an odor or show signs of redness, or if your dog is scratching at them, seek professional help. 

  5. Check paws by spreading the pads and looking between the toes. Redness and irritation may indicate contact dermatitis or allergies from lawn chemicals, hot asphalt or grass seed -- requiring professional cleaning and treatment. 
If you do seek professional help, be sure to let the groomer know about your pet's summer activities, so she can address any specific issues. 

Keeping up with summer grooming is a big job. Our Mobile Pet Spa team can help.