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BARKING MAD

Barking Mad, our resident Grooming Room, is managed by Alison McKiernan. Alison is fully qualified and has provided a grooming service in Cobh for over 5 years. She has a wealth of satisfied customers in the surrounding area and would be delighted to make an appointment for your dog. Just call Alison directly at 087 3159347 or email her at alison@petsplus.ie.

Grooming Tips

The care of the coat varies and depends on the breed. Short-haired dogs require brushing while Terriers coats are plucked to remove dead hair. They may need some brushing and combing in between the plucking. Longhaired dogs are combed and then brushed. Regular brushing and grooming keeps the coat tidy. It also helps when the dog is shedding or losing its hair, which it will do once or twice a year. It keeps the dog clean and free of dander and helps to stimulate circulation. Brushing twice weekly is recommended, but daily brushing is the best.

Mats are common and can sometimes be removed by teasing or picking apart with one or two teeth of a comb. Often they must be cut out but this must be done carefully so the skin is not cut. Mats are usually found behind the ears or under the legs of dogs with long hair. Baths are only necessary when the dog is very dirty or carries a bothersome odor. Over washing can remove natural oils and the dog’s coat can become dry and brittle. Only use a soap or shampoo that is recommended for dogs. Make sure all soap is rinsed from the coat. Try to get a towel around your dog immediately, as he will shake to remove any excess water. If the weather is cool or windy keep the dog indoors until dry. You can maintain his cleanliness by brushing and combing on a regular basis.

Nail trimming is another part of regular grooming. The nails are cut so they are just above the floor. Many dogs dislike this procedure and for a small fee this can be done at Barking Mad, our grooming room. If you do it yourself make sure you use the specially designed nail trimmers. These can be purchased at PETSplus. Only the hook portion of the nail is removed and in dogs with dark or pigmented nails where the vein does not show, it may be best to have our groomer do the trimming. If you walk your dog often and the surface is concrete you will find trimming to be minimal. Otherwise, about every two months should do.

The ears of dogs are sensitive. Care should be taken to avoid getting water or soap in the ear when bathing. Putting cotton in the ear prior to a bath works well. Do not use alcohol in the ear. Ear infections are more commons in dogs with lop ears or hair-filled ear canals as opposed to dogs with upright or erect ears. This is due to better circulation of air in the erect ear and it is able to dry out.