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Pet Grooming on a Budget

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Pet Grooming
Nothing is too good for your pet, but the cost of grooming your pup can be expensive. In fact, some spend nearly $500 a year on it. Here's how you can keep your furry friend clean without breaking the bank.

First, brushing your pet regularly will reduce the need for frequent bathing. Overbathing can dry out the skin and strip away natural oils from the hair. It's costly, too.

Washing your dog at the groomers can cost over $100 for larger dogs, so reducing your visits can save you in more ways than one. Meanwhile, breeds with long hair and oily skin -- like Cocker Spaniels, Shih Tzus, Yorkies and Maltese dogs -- can be washed once or twice every two weeks. Collies and other hunting breeds can go a month or so between baths.

Other factors, like hair texture and whether your pet stays primarily indoors or outdoors, will also affect the frequency of washing. To be sure, always check with your vet to find out what's best for your pup.

Now that you're saving on bathing costs, you can splurge on pet shampoo. If you're using the right kind, you won't have to worry about bathing too often. Make sure your shampoo is labeled "for dogs," though. The pH of canine skin is neutral and most human shampoos tend to be more acidic. In the long run, this can end up damaging your pet's skin and coat, so don't skimp on the expense.

Ready to wash your pet? Keep these tips in mind so you can keep your canine clean without the high costs.

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