Routine baths are important for keeping your canine companion looking clean and smelling fresh. But bathing too frequently isn’t an option when it comes to keeping your pet’s coat healthy and properly moisturized.

So, what can you do to freshen up between baths?

Keep Up With Grooming Needs

Regular brushing is an important part of good pet care and a good way to keep your dog’s skin and coat shiny and healthy. Brushing also eliminates and prevents painful tangles or matting, removes loose hair to keep your pet feeling cooler—and your air feeling cleaner—and can help you to spot any unusual sores or parasites.

It’s recommended to do some basic maintenance brushing at least once a week, although breeds with longer or thicker coats may require daily brushing. Make brushing time a fun bonding time by using a soft bristled brush, soothing tones and ample treats!

You should also brush your dog after a swim or any other time it gets wet—including after baths—to avoid tangles, mats and that wet dog smell. Extra brushing is also needed during shedding seasons for dogs with thick undercoats.

Keep Things Fresh

Besides brushing, there are various methods that can be used between baths to keep your pup smelling and looking fresh.

Dry shampoo can be rubbed and brushed into your pup’s fur to neutralize odors without drying out your pup’s skin. Dog-specific dry shampoos are available at some stores, or you can make your own at home by combining three to four tablespoons of cornstarch with three to four teaspoons of baking soda.

Pet-friendly wet wipes, baby wipes or damp towels can be used to give your dog a quick, refreshing wipe-down! Pay especially close attention to wiping the paws and removing any stuck on grime.

Is it time for your pup’s next bath? Visit the Animal America Pet Resort website for the full menu of pet grooming services!

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