Grooming is a daily part of our lives. It’s how we present ourselves to the world and it can even brighten our day. Pets are no different when it comes to basic grooming needs.

Fur breeds, such as a Labrador, Golden Retriever, or German Shepherd, should never be shaved unless for a medical reason. The fur may not grow back the same way. These dogs have natural air-conditioning and heating that comes from the fur. Hair breeds, such as a Shih Tzu or Bichon, need regular grooming to keep the hair tidy, typically every 4-6 weeks depending on how quickly the hair grows and what their lifestyle is like.

A handsome golden retriever dog getting his fur dried with a blower at the groomer.

All dogs should be bathed, whether by a groomer or at home, no more than once a month unless the dog has made an unfortunate mess or otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.   Beneficial, natural oils exist on the skin, and overbathing can cause dryness and irritation. Human shampoo is too drying for the skin, so a pet-specific shampoo should be used. Aloe and oatmeal are calming, but avoid shampoos with excess chemicals and scented fragrances. Brushing your pet helps to avoid mats and manage to shed. All pets should receive routine nail trims as part of their grooming regiment, once a month.

While cats are constant, natural groomers, long-haired cats can also become matted. Overweight cats are at a higher risk of matting because they cannot reach to groom themselves. We typically do not recommend bathing cats unless it is needed. Try to avoid brushes with wire bristles as cats have thin and sensitive skin. Sometimes shaving out a hair matt is necessary. Caution should be taken when using scissors to cut out mats.

Construction on the new grooming salon has been completed! We are happy to see All Dog Grooming open just right across the parking lot.

Appointments can be scheduled with Mo at All Dog Grooming at (262) 210-5262.

All Dog Grooming

2548 S. Teut Rd.

Suite B

Burlington, WI 53105