Let the sun shine on your little sunshine

The mercury is rising and we are ready to welcome summer. This means more care and love for your pooch!

Keep your pet well-groomed in all seasons. Grooming is not a vanity but an essential to keep them healthy and happy!

Many breeds shed their winter coat during these months. Everyday brushing helps in removing all the dead/old fur and thereby keeping your relatively cooler. It also keeps them clean and tidy! Regular brushing keeps them from developing mats/tangles too.

Double coated breeds – double the happiness, but double the responsibility

Priya Narasimhan

Priya Narasimhan

Some breeds like St Bernards, Siberian Huskies, Newfoundlands, etc. tend to have two layers of coat—top coat and soft undercoat. These breeds shed the most in summer as their coats adjust for the new weather.

No shaving please!

People often tend to completely shave off the coat of these breeds because of the excessive shedding and also believe that this would help in keeping them cooler. Shaving off your pet’s top coat exposes them to sunlight, hence causing heat damage.

While double coats help in keeping these breeds warm in winter, it also helps in protecting their skin from the harmful UV ray in summer. So say ‘no’ to shaving. Instead, get them a proper trim! For that you can go to a professional groomer.

Splash away those woes and worries!

If your pet enjoys a good swim during summer, be extra cautious about his ears. Clean his ears regularly, especially after swimming to make sure no water goes into the ear canal.

Summer brings back the terror of ticks

Watch out for ticks and fleas in this season, as ticks tend to survive and multiply really fast in the warm and moist climate. Regular grooming and combing helps a lot! Keep an eye on tick borne infections and diseases, especially in this season.

Small changes to beat the heat!

• Don’t forget to provide your pet access to clean water at all times.
• Keep their walk timings to early morning and late evenings in peak summers.
• Check their paws post every walk.
Have fun of the outdoors – picnics and car rides, but be careful that the rising temperature can cause rising problems for your pet! So, time to bring the pet parents shield up.
(Priya Narasimhan is a pet groomer, a stylist and founder of Wizard of Paws Pet Grooming Salon and Spa, HSR Layout, Bengaluru)

Love at frost sight!

Priya Narasimhan

Winter grooming done right! Sharing a few tips on how to take care of your furies during the colder months. –by Priya Narasimhan

Just as you groom your pooch during warmer months, grooming during winter months is essential too. Don’t let the cold take the coolness off your pet. Follow these easy grooming tips and become a pro!

Regular combing, brushing, bathing and conditioning are very important to keep the coat healthy, hydrated, and mat-free.Some dogs tend to lose their natural oils in winter. Make sure the coat is well conditioned. It would be great to put them on an omega 3 supplement. Consult your vet to know the best omega 3 supplements for your pet.

Give them a warm water shower and never leave your pooches’ coat to sun-dry or just leave them towel dried. Make sure you blow dry them completely post bath. For long coat breeds, follow up shampoo with a good conditioner.

Trimming the tresses–yes or no?

  • It is believed that dogs need their long and thick fur in winter to protect them from the cold weather. As true as this may be, long coat breeds like Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Poodle and Cocker Spaniels need regular hair trimming. The idea is to keep the hair free from knots and tangles.
  •  Some pet parents tend to skip winter grooming for their pets, resulting in unmanageable length resulting in mats and tangles.
  •  Don’t forget to trim the hair under the paws and genital area to maintain proper hygiene.
  •  Do not opt for a zero cut or a very short haircut for your pets during winters. Make sure you get them styled in a way that the hair length is manageable for you at home and is also enough to keep them warm.
  •  Zero trim is advisable if your pet has developed a skin allergy or severe mats. Talk to your vet before doing so.

Pamper them with paw care!
Dogs tend to develop dry paws during winters. To keep their paws nourished and soft, using agood organic paw butter will be beneficial. Applying natural coconut oil on the paws helps too.If you live in an extremely cold place, it would be good to use dog boots or socks while taking them on walks. For breeds who tend to have long hair under the paws, it is recommended to trim in between the paws. Also keep their paws dry and clean them thoroughly after playtime and walks.

Winter snuggles can make all of us lazy! But let go of that quilt, and pamper yourself and your pooch with a relaxing grooming session. Self-care is the best care.

(Priya Narasimhan is Founder-Owner of Wizard of Paws, Bengaluru. She is a well-experienced pet groomer and stylist.)

Nail the look with the right nail trimming techniques

Nitya Ramachandran

Well-trimmed nails are an indicator of a dog’s good health. Nail clipping is an important, albeit tricky, part of grooming a dog, considering that dogs do not like their paws handled. – by Nitya Ramachandran

While professional groomers can make your life easy, trimming your pet’s nails at home is easy and affordable if you follow the correct procedure. If you are also thinking of embarking on the journey of trimming your pet’s nails at home instead of visiting the do spa every time, this is what you need to know.

Perks of pedicure: why you should trim your pet’s nails?
Unruly long nails can not only cause pain to your pet but also lead to deformity of his paws. Long nails reduce the traction of the feet. Over time, they can also cause injury to the tendons. When long nails hit the ground, a lot of pressure is put on your pet’s feet and legs, thereby compromising his joint health as well. Thus, routine maintenance of his nails is essential for aesthetic and hygiene purposes, and to ensure his good health.

The burning question – when to trim nails?
Timing your pet’s nail trimming sessions would depend on how fast or slow his nails grow. A nail trimming session every two weeks would usually suffice. Dogs’ nails tend to get worn down on their own during play sessions and walks, so you should consider that as well. If you can hear the sound of your pet’s nails making contact with the floor as he walks, it is a sign that his nails are overgrown and it is time to trim them.

Don’t be a fool, use the right tools
A safe and hassle-free nail trimming session requires the right tools. Thankfully, dog nail trimming is not a complex process requiring high-maintenance tools. Here are the products you would need:

  • Nail Clippers
    The market is overflowing with dog-friendly nail clippers and trimmers. Plier-style or scissor-style nail clippers are the ones that are usually recommended by vets, as they are suitable for dogs of all sizes. Moreover, they are also highly effective on thick and tough nails. Good nail clippers should have sharp edges that will help you cut your pet’s nails with precision and minimize any chances of him getting hurt. Never use blunt clippers. Promptly replace old nail clippers as soon as they become dull.
  •  Styptic Powder
    Have some styptic powder handy to stop bleeding if you accidentally cut your pet’s nails a little too short. Styptic powder helps the blood to clot. Apply the powder to the cut and apply pressure for a few seconds to allow the powder to stick. You could also use flour or cornstarch in place of styptic powder.
  •  Nail Filer
    An integral part of a mani-pediroutine, nail filer is a tool to smoothen any sharp edges left behind after the nails get cut. If you don’t file your pet’s nails, he can harm his skin while attempting to scratch.
  •  Treats
    This isn’t an essential tool, but will make the entire process easier. To make nail trimming sessions less stressful and more fun for your pet, keep his favorite treats nearby. Use these to positively reinforce him before, during, and after the process so that he learns to associate nail trimming sessions with rewards.

Nail trimming guide – easy step-by-step process
Train your dog to be okay with you and others touching his feet while he is still young so that he does not become sensitive to nail trimming process as an adult.

Over several days, get him used to the look, clicking sound, and vibrating sensation of the nail clippers and filers to increase familiarity. Let him sniff the tools. If you do not have any prior experience in clipping a dog’s nails, it will serve you well to learn the correct technique from your vet.

Here’s how to cut dog nails safely:

  • Drain out your dog’s excessive energy by taking him for a walk or quick run before the nail clipping session. It will ensure that he doesn’t become panicky or fidgety when his nails get clipped.
  •  Find a noise-free and distraction-free area where your pet feels at ease.
  •  Small dogs can sit on your lap or on a steady surface like a table. In the case of large breed dogs, it would help to have another person hold the pet while you trim his nails. Boisterous and naughty ones might need to be muzzled or restrained.
  •  Trim any hair on your pet’s paws that blocks your view of the entire nail.
  •  Firmly hold one of his paws between your thumb and forefinger. Gently push down on the paw pad to extend the nail forward.
  •  Clip the tip of the nail a little bit at a time. Be careful that you don’t accidentally clip the ‘quick’ as it can cause your pet’s nail to bleed. Stop when you see a pinkish area. If your pet has pigmented nails, look out for a whitish area. Do not cut beyond that.
  •  Hold your pet’s paw, spread his toes apart, and using a nail filer, gently round off any sharp edges on his nails for a smooth finish.

With some practice and patience, you can not only save valuable time and money but also prevent your pet from getting stressed while traveling to the groomer.

Get Over Grooming Mistakes to Become a Pro!

Nitya Ramachandran

As a pet parent you always want the best for your pet. But sometimes we all commit mistakes. There are certain common grooming mistakes that you might be doing. Read on to know how you can make these mistakes a thing of the past. –by Nitya Ramachandran

Grooming is an essential part of the overall well being of your furry friend. As a pet parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pet does not look unkempt and neglected. These days, many pet parents are opting to groom their dogs themselves to save money. At-home grooming is a great way to bond with your pet. But keep in mind that your amateur grooming skills are no match for the techniques used by professionals. You can always learn and practice.

If you decide to groom your pet at home yourself, here are a few mistakes that you should avoid.

  • Slay, not delay a haircut: Never wait for your pet’s fur to become thick and long to get it pruned by a professional groomer. Delaying a visit to the groomer will only cause your pet’s hair to become extremely matted. Removing those mats is going to tug at his skin and cause pain. Visit a professional groomer every couple of months to get your pet’s hair trimmed or cut.
  • No rushing! Remember pre and post bathing brushing: Not brushing your pet before and after bathing him can cause his hair to get tangled, making it difficult to be brushed later on. This is particularly true for long-haired breeds. You might eventually have to shave off the hair, depending on how bad the matting is. Brushing helps loosen the dead hair tangled in his coat, enabling their easy removal.
  • Careful while clipping: Clipping your pet’s nails too short can cause bleeding and pain. It will traumatise him and make him resist any future attempt to clip his nails. Learn how to spot the quick on a dog’s nails and never cut beyond that point. Don’t rush while clipping your pet’s nails. If you think you cannot clip your pet’s nails at home, it is best to take him to a professional groomer. Using dull nail clippers can crush nails instead of cutting them. Replace old nail clippers with new, sharp ones.
  • They’re called ‘pro’-fessionals for a reason: If you avoid taking your pet to the groomer for fear of how expensive the process is, think again. You cannot make your pet look as prim, proper, and cute as a professional groomer can. They know what they’re doing, which is why they get paid for it. You can consider switching to professional grooming services at home.
  • Bang on with an early start: Failing to train your pet to be touched on different body parts early on in life can cause him to become a nervous wreck during professional grooming sessions at a later stage. Get your pet used to equipment such as clippers, scissors, hairdryer, etc., from a young age.
  • No winter woes with good grooming: Neglecting basic grooming chores such as brushing during winters can cause your pet’s coat to become severely matted. Stubborn matting cannot be removed easily and will leave you with the only option of shaving off your pet’s hair- not an ideal situation during the chilly months.
  • Cut the inconsistency: Some pet parents brush their pet’s coat only when it is time for a haircut or during a full-on grooming session. At all other times, brushing is a neglected chore. It can cause your pet to forget what grooming feels like and he may become anxious when it is finally time for their professional grooming session.
  • Nuances of brushing: If you think brushing duties merely involve brushing your pet’s back, think again! Brushing other body parts such as belly, tail, ears, face, neck, armpits, etc., is equally important as these are the places where parasites tend to infest.
  • Not a close shave: Shaving too close to your pet’s skin can cause razor burn, which if left untreated can become infected. Moreover, your furry friend will try and lick or scratch the affected area, making matters worse. Replace dull, missing, or broken blades with sharp, new ones. It will protect your pet’s skin and help trim the coat in an even fashion.
  • Only tears you want: tears of joy! Do not rush while washing your pet’s head and face, as shampoo can get into his eyes and cause irritation and redness. Cover his eyes when washing his face and head, and always make sure to only use dog shampoo.
  • A little halt on outdoor fun: Dogs tend to run around and roll everywhere after a bath. Never allow your pet to venture outdoors soon after his bath unless you want him to come back home covered in muck and dirt. Pat dry him gently to make sure his coat is not wet.
  • Say ‘no’ to harsh chemicals: Using chemical-based products to bathe your pet can cause allergic reactions such as itchiness, redness, or inflammation. Switch to all natural products or mild products containing calming and soothing ingredients.
  • Dollop of care and attention: Leaving your pet unrestrained during grooming can have dire consequences. He might try to escape by jumping off the table or the sink, resulting in injuries or cuts. Try and restrain him with a leash when grooming in the sink or on top of a table. Better still, groom him on the floor as much as possible. Never leave your pet unattended while there are electrical devices and sharp objects around.
  • Prim and proper with a slight trim: Shaving off your pet’s coat during the summer will not help his body stay cool. Dogs have thinner and more sensitive skin than humans, so shaving off their hair can cause sunburn because of the absorption of harmful UV rays. It can also damage their hair follicles, resulting in poor hair regrowth and dullness of the coat. A shorter trim is a better option as there’s enough hair to protect your pet’s skin from the sun.
  • Keep water at bay from ears: You don’t need to wash your pet’s inner ears. Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so letting water or other liquids into his ears while bathing or rinsing can make him susceptible to bacterial infections. Always keep your pet’s ears dry while grooming.
  • Rinse shampoo and stress away: Not rinsing your pet’s body thoroughly during a bath can cause shampoo residues to linger in the coat, causing skin irritation and matted hair. Pouring water with a mug or a bucket will not do the needful as the pressure is negligible and water won’t penetrate deep enough into the coat. A faucet that releases water with decent force is best for rinsing.
  • Brushing wet hair – a big NO: When you don’t brush your hair while it is wet, why do so for your furry friend? Brushing your pet’s fur while it is still wet can result in clumping of the hair strands. It can also tug your pet’s skin, causing discomfort and pain. Always pat dry your pet with a towel and allow the remaining moisture to dry out naturally before brushing his coat.
  • To bathe or not to bathe? Bathing your pet too often damages his coat by stripping off the natural oils coating from the hair strands. Frequent baths can also cause dryness of the skin. Bathing him once a month would be fine, unless your pet has a skin condition and your vet has specially asked you to bathe him more often. Never use your hair dryer on your pet as it can overheat and burn his skin even at the lowest heat setting.

    Hope these tips help you avoid some common grooming mistakes and you have a fun grooming session with your beloved pet!

Grooming lesson – Take care of your pooch’s pearly whites

Kritika Manchanda

Kritika Manchanda

Dad! Get up it’s time for walk…Your pet can indirectly say this and you very well understand it. But how good would it be if our pet could say, Daddy! Tooth brushing time… And just like you visit the dentist, you should take your pet to the vet for regular dental check-ups.

Dental care and oral hygiene play an important role in overall health and wellness of your pet. It is interesting to know that your pet’s dental health is also related to their gastro-intestinal health. To keep your pooch’s pearly whites shiny and healthy, make sure that you include teeth cleaning in their grooming sessions.

Some of the most common teeth and mouth related problems noted in canines include –
• Gingivitis
• Tartar/caries
• Salivary cysts
• Oral ulcers
• Gum tumors
• Stomatitis
The yellowish deposit that can be seen on your pet’s teeth is plaque. In fact, plaque and tartar are the two main causes that lead to periodontal diseases in canines. Regular brushing removes plaque and tartar and eliminates the problem of bad breath as well.

Dr Gautam Anand

We got in touch with Dr Gautam Anand to know more about dog teeth cleaning. The most important tip that he gave was “Let them chew”. This doesn’t mean that you allow your pet to chew any and everything. Be very careful with what you give them. Dinner table scraps usually have a lot of oil and salt, both of which are not good for your pooch.

The market is full of various kinds of teeth cleaning products. But it is essential that you carefully choose the product depending upon the age of your pet.

Thumbs up to chew bones
Commercial chew bones made from raw hide are a great way to keep your pet’s dental heath in check. These help reduce building up of tartar and plaque and strengthen teeth and gums. Gnawing on chew bones will also reduce stress and keep boredom at bay. There are a large number of treats and chew bones available in the market. Choose one which your pet likes the most. The treat should last for sometime (about 15–20 minutes each session) so that the pet is busy chewing. If he gobbles it up in 2–3 minutes, then sadly you have made the wrong choice.

Here’s what Dr Gautam has to say, “Dogs who regularly nibble on chew bones have lesser tartar and plaque build-up as compared to dogs who don’t chew them.” He also said that dogs not chewing chew bones can develop dental problems as early as 2–3 years.

Brushing away dental woes
Keep in mind that chew bones can never replace brushing. Ideally you should brush your pet’s teeth every day. But for the fussy ones, 2 – 3 times a week will also be good. Make sure that you use only dog toothpaste and toothbrush. Human toothpaste contains fluoride which is highly poisonous for dogs. It can also act as an irritant for your pet’s stomach. Just in case of your naughty pooch resists or doesn’t like brushing, special canine mouthwash can be a great substitute. Ask your vet about it.

Dry food vs Wet food – debate never ends
The debate of giving your pet dry food vs wet food has been going on for years. It is recommended that both types of food should to be given but in appropriate amounts. The structure of dry kibble is apt for dog’s teeth. When given over a period of time it is helpful in reducing plaque and tartar build-up. Wet food generally sticks to the teeth which might cause bacterial growth and you don’t want that! Talk to your vet to know which type of food is best suited for your pet.

Make teeth cleaning a happy habit 
If you are a pet parent you must have mastered the art of concealment – concealing medicines with treats being the most common. It will surely take some time for your pet to get used to teeth brushing. During this time they might resist it, become cranky, or throw tantrums. Handle all of this with patience. Introduce it slowly and in small steps so that your pet doesn’t get overwhelmed.

• Start brushing with your fingers. It is a great way to introduce brushing.

• During the first few days you need to limit the finger brushing session to about one minute. Gradually increase the time.

• Once your pet gets familiar with the technique you can bring on the ‘weapons’ – toothbrush and toothpaste.

• Place one hand over the top of your pet’s muzzle and gently lift the lips. With your other hand slowly brush his teeth. Make sure you brush on both sides in gentle strokes.

• Don’t forget to reward your pet with treats even if he allows you to work with the teeth for just a few seconds. This will encourage him to come back for brushing session next time as well.

When to see the vet?
Dr Gautam suggests that you should take your pet for dental check-ups every six months. In fact, dental check-ups should be included in the yearly health check-up of your pet. Some of the signs that spell danger include –
• Bad breath
• Pawing at the face
• Excessive drooling
• Tartar deposition along the gum line
• Bleeding/swollen gums
• Broken and chipped teeth

Once the vet has diagnosed the problem the appropriate treatment can begin. Dental x-rays are the most suitable diagnosis available. Dr Gautam added that the most preferred methods of treatment for dental problems in dogs include –scaling, polishing and root canal treatment. The first step is scaling followed by polishing. Polishing involves removal of residual plaque. It also smoothens the surface of the teeth which in turn delays the deposition of disease causing plaque and tartar. Dr Gautam suggested that pet parent should take their pet for scaling every six months. Make teeth cleaning a part of your pet’s grooming routine and see that big happy smile.

(With inputs from Dr Gautam Anand of Dr Anand’s Pet Clinic, New Delhi)

Goodness of Grooming– Stay Safe & Groom Your Pet at Home

Kritika Manchanda

Kritika Manchanda

Helping you with some easy and simple grooming at home tips to make life easier! Start with patience because that’s the most important tool you need to have for grooming your pet at home. –by Kritika Manchanda

In this time of pandemic, it is best to stay home as much as possible. But one major concern of pet parents is getting their furry friends groomed, especially now that summer is here in full force. It is essential that you make grooming a part of their daily routine. Basic grooming includes – bathing, general cleanliness, hair trimming, nail trimming, hair styling, etc.

During these stressful times, a lot of pet parents believe that the few minutes they take out for grooming their pet is so therapeutic. You can strengthen your bond and let go of all tensions to have a calm and relaxing time.

Some important DOs and DON’Ts

• Groom regularly

• Choose a well lit area

• Make it a relaxing time rather than a chore

• Know when to stop and don’t overwhelm your pooch

• Using the right tools will make all the difference

• Nails, tail, ear, teeth – take care of all these aspects

• Be gentle at all times

• Take it slow and don’t rush

• If your pet has sensitive skin, use specific products

• Avoid using heavily scented products

• Don’t trim the nails too short
A small mistake will taint their heart for lifetime; sharing this with personal experience. You are your pet’s protector and they rely on you. So, be gentle and don’t go overboard. It will defeat the purpose of the goodness of grooming.

Grooming basics – what you need?
“Home is where dog hair sticks to everything else but the dog.” Shedding is a natural phenomenon in dogs. So don’t panic if you see dog hair on the sofa, bed and clothes. You can minimize this process and reduce the mess with the right de-shedding tools.

One of the best ways to get your pet used to daily grooming is combing and brushing him every day. It’ll not just help get rid of excess hair, but will help with circulation and you can have a look for cuts, wounds, or ticks.

There are so many kinds of combs and brushes available. Don’t fall in the buy all trap. There are just certain basic tools you’ll need, depending upon your pet’s breed and coat length. Ask your vet or professional pet groomer to know which of the brushes/ combs will be best suited for your pet – dog brush slicker, steel pin brush, flea comb, stainless steel comb or any other.

Don’t forget the teeth, nails, and ears
Teeth, nails, and ears tend to get overlooked during a grooming routine. It is best to get your pet’s nails trimmed from a professional groomer. You can opt for at-home grooming services, or if you are trimming them yourself you need to be 200 percent careful! We got Romeo’s (my pet Labroador, who has now crossed the rainbow bridge) nails trimmed from a professional groomer. This one time, the groomer cut the nails and a little skin along with it. Since then he was terrified to get the nails trimmed even when he was as old as 8 years old.

Dental care is an indispensible part of grooming. Getting a basic dog toothbrush and toothpaste would be fine. Consult your vet on how often should you brush his teeth. To take care of their ears, just wipe them gently with a soft cotton cloth. If your pet has long ears or a specific ear related problem, it is best to ask your vet for the right products.

Time to add bath accessories to your cart!
Just like you enjoy a relaxing shower, your pet would also appreciate the post shower cooling effect. Make sure you make bath time fun and enjoyable for your pet. Get a pet friendly shampoo. Ask your vet for the best recommendations, especially if your pet has a specific skin condition. A nourishing conditioner would do a lot of good to keep their coat shiny and healthy, so invest in a paraben and sulphate free conditioner. You can get medicated shampoos for tick control, hair fall control, aloe vera enriched, aromatherapy shampoo, anti-dandruff shampoo, or coat brightening shampoo. Make sure you choose a soft and high quality microfiber towel that’ll soak up excess water without making your pet’s skin irritated or red.

Some extras to add to your shopping list – Apart from these three bath time essentials, you can add a scrubbing glove and anti-skid mat. Ask your family members to help you bathe your pet and it’ll become a fun session.

Mercury is rising – take note of these summer grooming essentials
Summer is the time for extra sweat and body odour. So to avoid that funny doggie smell you can buy a dog deodorant. You could also choose from a wide range of dog wipes, dry shampoo, and waterless deodorising spray. These essentials come handy when your pet doesn’t want to have a bath. Make sure you ask your vet on the frequency of bathing your pet. Excessive bathing can strip off the natural oils from their skin and make them prone to skin infections and dryness.

Set the pamper mood right
Take time off on a weekend and enjoy an extended pamper session with your beloved! Here’s the setting – put that mask on or maybe bring on that sheet mask, hydrate yourself and your pet, indulge in some aromatherapy, massage your pooch a little, a hair oiling session would be a good idea, and then a long nap with lots of cuddles and without worrying about the world! Recharge and unwind to give yourself and your pet that much needed break from all that’s happening.

Going out for a spa session or getting your pet groomed is nice, but grooming at home is the new groove! You’ll save a lot of money and yourself as well, so that’ll be a double bonus!


Varsha Verma
& Rocky

Pet parents would agree that seeing a tick on your pooch is one of the most dreadful things in the life of a pet parent. These ticks are not only harmful to your dog but also to humans. Here’s how to spot, remove and treat these creeping crawlies. –by Varsha Verma

Dogs love to spend time outside. They look forward to their walks as they get to sniff around new scents, mark their territories and relieve themselves. With walks come dirty paws and sometimes even ticks. So, it is important to check your dog for ticks on a daily basis.

Spot the tick…

  • Find them ASAP: Run your fingers slowly over your pooch’s body. If you feel a bump or swollen area, part his hair to see the skin below. You may find a tick there. 
  • Check the problem areas: Ticks tend to hide between your dog’s toes, around their legs, near the ears, under the collar and even their face and neck. 
  • Find the tick: There are a variety of ticks. Some can be black, brown or tan and they have eight legs. They can be tiny and some can even get swollen and become the size of a pea. 

Remove the tick…

It is important to remove the tick as soon as you see it.

Tools required: Get hold of gloves, clean tweezers/tick remover tool, antiseptic cream and isopropyl alcohol.

Be safe: Use gloves to remove ticks.

Removing using tweezers: Use a tweezers around the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible and pull it gently in a straight motion. Be sure to remove the complete tick.

Removing using a tick remover: Gently press the tick remover on your pet’s skin near the tick. Slide the notch under the tick to pull it.

Proper disposal: Drop the tick in isopropyl alcohol and clean the tweezers also with it.

Clean properly: Clean your pet’s wound with antiseptic and wash your hands properly.

Monitor the wound: Check the area for any infection. If you find any infection, consult your vet.

Treatment for tick control…

Comb regularly: Comb your pet regularly with a flea comb.

Keep environment clean: Ticks tend to hide in carpets, curtains, etc. So, vacuum clean frequently. Do not let your dog near bushes or tall grasses. Wash his bedding frequently.

Shampoo your dog: If required, use an anti-tick shampoo for your dog.

Use tick control products: Consult your vet for spot-on treatments, collars, tick powder, tick sprays and even tablets that can prevent, repel dog ticks or kill them.

Winter Grooming Done Right to Make Your Pet Look ‘Snowww’ Cute

Priya Narasimhan

Just like you love to switch up your skincare routine with the weather, it is important to do so with your pets as well. Grooming in winter is an integral part of your pet’s overall wellbeing, so do not ignore it. –by Priya Narasimhan

To celebrate the 100th Issue of Dogs & Pups, we are sharing a few tips on how to take care of your furry buddy in cold season.

Good grooming in every season

• Regular combing, brushing, bathing and conditioning are very important to keep the coat healthy, hydrated and mat-free.

• Some dogs tend to lose their natural oil in winter. Make sure the coat is well conditioned. It would be great to put them on an Omega-3 Supplement.

• Shower them in warm water and never leave your pooch’s coat to sun-dry or just leave them towel dried. Make sure you blow dry them completely post bath.

• For long-coated breeds, it would be best to follow shampoo with a good conditioner to keep their coat silky smooth.

Prim & proper with a regular trim

• Most often it is believed that dogs need their long and thick fur in winter to protect them from the cold weather. As true as this may be, long-coated breeds like Shihtzus, Lhasa Apsos, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels need regular trimming of hair. The idea is to keep the hair free from knots and tangles.

• If you regularly brush the coat and maintain it tangle free, then definitely a hygiene trimming under the paws and sanitary areas would work.

• If you decide to trim your pet’s coat during cold seasons, make sure you do not opt for a zero cut or a very short haircut. Make sure you get them styled in a way that the hair length is manageable for you at home and is also long enough to keep them warm.

• Do not zero trim a dog unless the dog has developed severe mats on the body and make sure you keep them warm and cosy at all times.

Paw care & curing winters

• Dogs often tend to develop dry paws during cold season. In such case, using a good organic paw butter helps.

• Applying organic or virgin coconut oil on the paws helps too.

• If you live in an extremely cold place it would be good to use dog boots or socks while taking them out on walks.

• For breeds who tend to have long hair under the paws, it is recommended to trim in between the paws to keep them dry and clean and avoid any infection.

Take care, bundle up, soak up the sun, and have lots of fun with your furry friends in winter. And amidst all this make sure the grooming schedule is not missed. A well groomed dog is a happy and healthy dog!

(Priya Narasimhan is a pet groomer, a stylist and founder of Wizard of Paws Pet Grooming Salon and Spa, HSR Layout, Bengaluru)

50 Awesome Pawsome Ways to Groom

Varsha Verma with Rocky

Celebrating our 100th Issue, let’s talk about 50 breed specific grooming tips to make your pet look and feel happy. –by Varsha Verma


A well-groomed dog is a happy dog and a delight to be around. Every breed of dog has different grooming needs. Here’s how to take care of different breed of dogs according to the kind of coat they have.

Grooming a puppy

1. Be gentle: Since a puppy is not used to grooming, be very gentle with him.

2. Start early: Make your puppy used to your touch and the grooming process so that he does not get anxious or irritated while grooming.

3. KISS (Keep it short and sweet): Keep the grooming session short and playful.

4. Brushing a puppy: Use puppy-specific medium-fine tooth comb to brush your puppy and make his coat soft and smooth.

5. Bathe only if required: Talk to your vet about how often you should bathe your puppy.

6. Use a puppy-specific shampoo: Puppies need a gentle shampoo. Choose one as per your vet’s recommendation enriched with natural ingredients.

7. Wrapped in love and soft towels: Since puppies can get anxious with a dryer, use a soft microfiber towel to wipe them dry.

8. Treats are always welcome: Reward him with treats after the session is over to make grooming all the more enjoyable.

Grooming long silky-coated breeds to keep luscious locks tangle free
(Breeds: Afghan Hound, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier)

9. Brushing the coat: Brush the coat of your pet frequently, maybe every day.

10. Right tools make all the difference: Brush your pet’s long silky coat with a slicker brush to remove any tangles or dirt. If your pet has a short silky coat, use a bristle brush to help remove moulted hair and spreading natural oils through their hair.

11. Say no to too much bathing: The frequency of bath depends on when needed.

12. Type of shampoo to be used: Use pet conditioning shampoo.

13. Spa time at home: It is recommended to dry his coat with a hair dryer to keep his hair smooth and tangle free.

Grooming double-coated breeds – twice the fun and effort
(Breeds: Labrador, Golden Retriever, Pug, German Shepherd, Shiba Inu and Old English Sheepdog)

14. Brushing away those tangles: Since a double-coated dog has a lot of hair, so it is important to brush them 2-3 times a week to keep their coats tangle-free.

15. Comb’ining the right tools: You can use a grooming rake for undercoat and a wide tooth comb for the outer coat. Once you are done brushing them, use a bristle brush to control shedding and to make your pet’s coat shiny and smooth.

16. Bathe regularly: Bathe your double-coated dog once in a month or two, depending on his activity level and what your vet recommends.

17. Wash way all the worries: Use a deep cleaning or shampoo-cum-conditioner for your double coated breeds.

18. Shampoo brush for the win: While shampooing, use a shampoo brush to remove any excess hair of your pet.

19. Dry thoroughly: First, dry your pooch with a towel and then finish with a dryer.

20. Clip those tresses: Long hair around the ears and between the paw pads can be clipped to avoid tangling.

Embracing those curls and grooming curly/wool coated breeds
(Breeds: Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Poodle, Labradoodle, Cockapoo and Maltese)

21. Brushing the coat: A dog with a curly or wool coat needs to be brushed regularly to remove tangles.

22. Shine with the right brush: Use a detangle comb and then brush with a soft slicker brush for a healthy shine.

23. Shower, shampoo, repeat: Use a shampoo formulated especially for Poodle.

24. Pat dry with love and care: Use a towel to absorb extra water and then use a dryer to dry completely.

25. A little care while drying goes a long way: It is recommended to use a slicker brush while drying to make the hair tangle-free and smooth.

Grooming a wire coated dog
(Breeds: Fox Terrier, Dachshund, Jack Russell and Scottish Terrier)

26. Trim it away: Talk to your groomer about trimming to remove your pet’s old and loose hairs and making room for new hair to grow.

27. Shave down not a good option: Shaving does not keep them cooler, it actually causes injury and sunburn in summer.

28. Make them blush, but with a brush: It is important to brush them regularly, at least twice a week to maintain their coat in good condition.

29. Type of brush to be used: Use a slicker brush in the direction of the growth of the hair to remove tangles.

30. Not your usual water baby: It is advised not to bathe them often as it can dry their coat further. Bathe them when their coat is dirty.

31. Massage well with the right shampoo: Use a deep clean or shine-on shampoo for dirt on coat.

32. Dry gently: Use a towel or a glove to dry their coat.

33. Allow him to soak up the sun and air dry: If the weather is not cold, you can let your pet air dry which will give natural finish to their hair. Else, use a dryer.

Grooming short coat breeds and make them sparkle and shine
(Breeds: Greyhound, Pointer, Rottweiler, Labrador Retriever, Chihuahua, Bulldog and Beagle)

34. Brush regularly and see the magic unveil: Brush your short-coated dog once a week to keep his hair healthy and shining.

35. Gush over the right brush: Use a bristle brush or a grooming mitt for grooming short coat breeds.

36. Don’t rush, use the right technique: Begin by brushing in the opposite direction of hair growth to help remove any loose hair from underneath the coat. Thereafter, brush in the direction of hair growth to remove any remaining hair and make the coat look smooth and shiny.

37. Save water and don’t bathe them much: If you brush them regularly, you don’t need to bathe them often. Bathe them only when their coat is dirty.

38. The right shampoo: Use a strengthening shampoo for their coat.

39. Towel drying is the best way: Since their hair is short, you can towel dry them.

40. Take care of Beagle ears: Clean your beagle’s ears weekly as they are long and get dirty easily. Use an ear cleaning solution formulated especially for dogs as they are long and get dirty easily.

Love, care, and grooming for all doggies!

41. All you need is unconditional love and the right conditioner: Depending on your pet’s coat, you can use a conditioner to moisturise his skin and make his coat soft and silky.

42. Manicure is a great cure: Get your pet’s nails trimmed by a groomer or a vet regularly.

43. Take care of those pearly whites: Regularly brush your pet’s teeth with dog toothpaste.

44. Look for problem areas: While grooming check your pet’s paw pads, ears and genital area too.

45. Awesome ‘paw’some: Regularly clean your pet’s paw pads. Moisturize them if required.

46. Clean the ears: Keep your pet’s ears clean and odour-free. If they smell or your see debris, visit your vet.

47. Take care of genital and anal area: Keep these areas clean and wash them thoroughly while bathing.

48. Talk to them while grooming: While you are working on your pet, talk to them and reassure them that everything is ok.

49. Make grooming a routine: Dogs love routine by nature. So, make grooming a part of their routine.

50. Grooming fun: Grooming is a time that you spend with your pet and strengthen your bond. Make the most of it by making it fun so that you both look for this quality time together.

Breathtaking Benefits of Grooming

Varsha Verma
& Rocky

The countdown for our 100th issue has begun. To sparkle and celebrate our 99th issue, here are 50 Grooming Tips for our furry delights. Our 100th issue will feature another 50 breed-specific grooming tips. –by Varsha Verma

A well-groomed dog is a healthy and happy dog. Here are 50 tips to make grooming your pooch easy. Charm your way to a healthy and happy dog!

1. Start grooming from day one: Get your dog accustomed to grooming. Start early, when he is a pup.

2. Making grooming fun: Take it slow and make it enjoyable for your pet. Use a comfortable environment. Give him his favourite treat after the session is over so that he’ll associate the experience with positive reinforcement.

3. Set a grooming routine: Develop a mutually-suitable routine. Groom him in a designated place at designated time with the same designated tools. Do not surprise your dog or he will become anxious.

4. Find the right tools: Use breed-specific tools for your dog. A brush for a short-haired dog will not be good for the long-haired one. So, find the right tools with the help of your dog groomer, breeder or vet.

5. Steady surface: Ensure your pet is on a steady surface and is comfortable with your love and care.

6. Use only dog-friendly products: Use only dog-friendly products.

7. Keep all grooming things ready before you start: Keep everything handy. Do not look for tools or shampoo, once you have an anxious dog in your hand. Make the process calm and smooth.

8. Ask for a helping hand: Grooming your dog alone might not be easy. Ask for a helping hand from a person your dog trusts and is comfortable with.

9. Identify your dog’s needs: Every grooming session can be different. While at one time, just brushing would be enough, sometimes it would be best to bathe your dog. So, identify your dog’s needs and then set a routine.

10. Brush your pooch frequently: When you find the right brush for your dog, brush him frequently to remove dirt and debris, prevent matting and control shedding.

11. Brush properly: Begin at the bottom of the hind legs and work your way up, first one side, then the other. It’s important to brush the dog from the skin out.

12. Wipe him clean: Whenever your pooch comes from outside, he might have any dirt, sand or any other debris on his coat. Wipe him clean with a damp towel.

13. Take care of his smile: Your dog’s teeth need to be brushed regularly. Use a small tooth-brush. Wipe the teeth and massage the gums. Use dog-friendly toothpaste only.

14. Give chew toys to clean teeth: You can also give them a few chew toys as gnawing can help massage gums and keep teeth clean by scrapping tartar.

15. Check for ticks and fleas: Whenever you groom your dog, check him for ticks and fleas. If you find any tick, remove it immediately. Consult your vet for more information.

16. Check the dog’s pads: Dog paw pads may become dry or cracked. Use good pad moisturiser to cure any dry paws.

17. Massage the paws: A paw message will relax your dog and promote better circulation. Rub between the pads on the bottom of the paw, and then rub between each toe.

18. Trim the hair between toes: Excessive hair may grow between dog’s toes and get matted. Trim them short with a blunt-edge scissors.

19. Wash the paws: Make it a habit to wash your dog’s paws after every walk outdoors. This will keep his feet and your house clean at all times.

20. Nails should be short too: This is the trickiest part of dog grooming. Any mishap can cause cut. So, get your dog’s nails clipped by a vet or a groomer.

21. Hair falling on eyes: If your dog cannot see properly because his hair is always falling on his eyes, trim it properly.

22. Wipe the eyes: Wipe your pet’s eyes with a tear stain removal solution using a sponge, cloth or gauze. Wipe in the direction away from your dog’s eyes.

23. Clean the ears: Every week, clean your dog’s ears with a moist cloth or cotton ball. If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge from the eyes, consult your vet.

24. Dry the ears if wet: If accidentally water falls inside your pet’s ears, dry it immediately with a cloth.

25. Bathe only when required: Do not over-bathe your dog, he should be bathed when his fur is dirty or smelly. Too much bathing can strip him of natural oils. Once in 1-3 months is good for all dogs.

26. Fewer baths for thick & double coat breeds: Dogs with thick and double coats do best with fewer baths and a lot of extra brushing.

27. Bathe your dog inside when it is cold: When it is cold outside, it is best to bathe your dog inside a bathroom.

28. Use a tub if your dog likes: Some dogs love to play in water, you can use a tub to bathe them.

29. Supervise your dog in tub: Always supervise your dog in a tub.

30. Put a non-slip mat: While bathing your dog you can use a non-slip mat on the floor or tub to avoid slipping.

31. Brush before wetting: Always brush your pooch before you pour water on him. This will remove any dead hairs and tangles.

32. Put cotton in ears before bathing: Put cotton in your dog’s ears before bathing to avoid water getting into the ears.

33. Use lukewarm water: Use lukewarm water to bathe your pet.

34. Choose the right shampoo: Keeping in mind the condition of your dog’s hair, use the right shampoo.

35. Massage shampoo onto skin: After putting on the shampoo, massage your dog.

36. Brush the shampoo in hair: After you wet your dog and lather him with shampoo, brush the shampoo through his coat as this will cover every hair and remove any tangles.

37. Clean every part: Make sure to clean every part of your dog’s body, including belly and face.

38. Head care: Do not wet the head. Use a wash cloth to clean it.
39. Use conditioner for long-haired dogs: Use conditioner for long-haired dogs but remember to rinse it out completely, else it will attract dirt and cause mating.

40. Rinse properly: Make sure that you rinse thoroughly. Don’t leave any shampoo or conditioner residue in the hair.

41. Do not let water enter the ears: Cup his ears with your hands to avoid water going inside his ears.

42. Dry immediately after a bath: Dry your dog with a towel immediately after the bath, else he will get a chill. You can also use a hair dryer to dry him.

43. Brush him after the coat is dry: After the dog’s dry, brush him again to clear out any remaining.

44. Never use a human perfume: Sometimes we go overboard and want our pooch to look and smell best. Never use a human perfume on your dog. It can result in respiratory problems.

45. Trim your dog’s coat: This has to be done in consultation with your vet. In summers, it is good to trim long-haired dogs. Visit a groomer or a vet for best advice.

46. Use grooming wipes: For quick cleaning on the go, use grooming wipes to clean any dirt on grime on the coat, eyes or ears.

47. Praise him while you work on him: While you are grooming your pet, talk to him and praise him. This will calm him down.

48. Visit a groomer: In case it is too much for you to groom your dog, visit a groomer regularly.

49. Choose the pet groomer wisely: Take recommendations from fellow pet parents and friends. Find the one who is friendly and your dog is comfortable with.

50. Treat him after a grooming session: Always end on a positive note. Give him a treat so that he looks forward to it next time you groom him.

(Second part of this article will appear in the next issue – Century (100th) Issue, with 50 more tips.)