Spring is the time of year when we get the urge to roll up our sleeves, throw open the windows, and give our homes a thorough sprucing up. However, it’s not just a great time to provide the house with a deep clean; it’s also the perfect time to wash and groom your dog. Keeping your pooch fresh and clean can help minimize shedding, keep allergies at bay, and ensure that your dog’s skin is in tip-top shape.

Over the winter even dogs with short sleek hair grow a thicker coat. As warmer weather rolls around, they no longer need this added layer of protection, and the extra fur begins to drop off. A good bath can help rid them of this messy hair. Bathing your dog will help them feel their best and prevent all that hair from settling on your floors and furniture.

A thorough spring dog washing can also help your dog avoid the misery of allergy symptoms caused by pollen. Like people, many dogs suffer from seasonal allergies. As you and your dog spend more time outdoors, sensitivity to environmental factors such as dust, mold, and pollen can become an issue. Watch for itchy irritated skin and keep your dog clean to minimize the effects of the clouds of pollen that plague us this time of year. Even if you don’t see pollen in the air, your dog’s coat can attract it.

Professional groomers can help you keep your dog looking and feeling its best by doing a whole lot more than just washing. They’ll give your dog’s ears some special attention, will trim those nails, and can even brush their teeth if you like. Your groomer will also look out for signs that your pet may need veterinarian attention for skin, eyes, or ears. They have the tools and products to do the very best job for this special member of your family.

Regardless of whether you choose to take advantage of professional dog washing services or you prefer to do the bathing yourself, take time this spring to clean your dog regularly. While you are doing that you can look closely at your dog’s coat and skin to make sure they are free from irritation. If you find that bathing is not helping to control shedding and skin irritation, it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian.