Winter Grooming Tips for Your Dog

Winter Grooming Tips for Your Dog

(or How to Avoid the Dreaded “Spring Shave Down”)

It’s January in New England. The excitement of another holiday season has faded into memory, and we’re still facing several more weeks of icy, blustery weather. As we take extra precautions to stay warm and healthy in the frigid temperatures, it’s important to consider how we can help our canine companions thrive. What’s the best way to protect our dogs’ coats and paws from the cold-weather damage?  Want to avoid having your dog’s coat shaved off in the spring due to the effects of winter wear and tear? Consider these winter grooming recommendations from Green Acres’

Emergency Deskunking Instructions

<Click here to download a PDF of this recipe that you can print and save>

skunk photo-canstockphoto0186323In an open container, mix the following:

  • 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon of a liquid dish detergent, such as Dawn

(This amount of mixture will handle a dog the size of a beagle)

  1. Wet your dog with water.

  2. Work the solution into the dog’s coat with a bath puff.

  3. Rinse the dog’s coat with water.

You may need to repeat if the skunk odor is still strong.

When done, dispose of any remaining solution. DO NOT PUT THIS SOLUTION IN A BOTTLE!!! Once mixed, the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is no longer stable.

Use a conditioner  to restore the proper moisture to the skin. 


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