Grooming Your Pet Cavalier
Keeping the hair under control when you
have a spayed or neutered Cavalier is the biggest part of the job. Using the
right tools can make all the difference in the world.
For daily brushing, use a medium
sized slicker brush. This will help remove dead hair and prevent
knots from forming. Use a 16 blade stripper to strip out the
dead coat on a regular basis. Use the stripper like a rake, and use in a smooth,
steady motion from the back of the skull to the croup. A stripper is meant to
be used on the “jacket” of the coat, not on the ears, leg fringes or tail feathers. If you have a lot of accumilated dead coat, try using the stripper in the tub or sink after you have finished
bathing, while the dog is still wet. This will take out a higher volume of hair at one time. Finish work
should be done with a pin brush, smoothing the topcoat and ears.
Wash your Cavalier’s face daily with
a damp washcloth, and wipe away tear stains with Kleen Face tear stain remover. Check ears for any sign of redness or irritation. Check teeth
for tartar buildup. Brush your Cavalier’s teeth three or four times a week
with canine toothpaste. You might consider adding Pro-Dental solution
to the drinking water. This will retard the accumulation of tartar and plaque.
Nails should be trimmed every ten days to
two weeks to keep them neat. Try using an old knee-high stocking to poke the
nails through, and hold back the slipper hair. This will make nail trimming or
grinding much easier. Clipper the hair out of the “Y” of the foot
pad with either a narrow clippers or blunt tipped scissors. Do not “dig”
the hair out from between the toes, simply cut that hair level with the toe pads. Keeping
the hair trimmed on the foot pad will improve your Cavalier’s traction on all flooring surfaces, and prevent the foot
from splaying out.
Bathing is also much easier with the proper
products for a Cavalier’s haircoat. Use the enzyme whitening shampoo
to gently remove dirt and oil, and whiten and brighten stained areas. Wet the
dog thoroughly with warm, not hot, water. Be sure to remove any knots or tangles
before you get the dog wet. Wetting a tangle will set it in. Apply the shampoo to a nylon bath puff, and then to the dog. This
will prevent removing essential oils from the skin. Stroke the shampoo onto the
coat, taking care to apply the shampoo in the same direction the coat grows. Rinse,
rinse, rinse to remove all traces of the shampoo. Apply Pet Silk
Moisturizing Conditioner to nourish and protect the coat. Leave
in for five minutes, then rinse, rinse, rinse. Blot dry with a big, absorbent
bath towel, never scrub the hair!
Gently brush the towel dried hair with a
pin brush in the direction the hair grows. Slip on a custom
drying coat and dry the hair through the drying coat with a warm, never hot, hair dryer. Take care to move the dryer frequently, so you do not burn sensitive skin.
You must dry the coat thoroughly if you want it to stay straight and flat. It
would not be unusual to spend an hour drying an adult Cavalier. Remove the drying coat when the hair
is dry, and finish brushing with a Mason Pierson brush for a smooth shine. Once your Cavalier is groomed,
be sure to use a snood to protect their ears when eating or going for a walk!
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