The importance of winter grooming: follow our four tips!

a happy winter dog is a healthy groomed winter dog

There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the winter months. The (erroneous) belief is that a dog’s winter coat comes in and should be allowed to grow long to protect and warm the dog. In addition, because dogs, like humans, often follow a more sedentary and inside routine in the winter, many people feel that their dogs aren’t getting dirty enough to warrant bathing. But this is simply not true. In fact, in many ways, grooming over the winter months becomes even more important to the health of your dog than at any other time of the year. Long, wet, matted hair easily makes a cold, wet, and infection-susceptible dog. Simply follow these four grooming rituals through the winter to combat these winter pitfalls, and ensure that your dog stays comfortable, dry, and healthy!

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Pet grooming: it's not just a vanity thing

dog grooming dog bath

ANOTHER trip to the salon – and how much for that wash, blow-dry, and style? Sometimes it can feel like your dog gets more “spa” days than you do! But before you start to think the trips to the groomers are a frivolous extra that your dog could go without, think again. Brushing and shampooing your dogs isn’t just to beautify them (though of course that’s a major benefit) and decrease the offense to our human noses that can come with just a little too much “doggy” smell around the house. Nope, if your dog is looking a bit rough around the edges, chances are he’s feeling bad too.

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Why is my dog itching? — Identifying and Preventing Pet Allergies

Your dog is scratching constantly, rolling around in the dirt more than usual, licking its paws, and/or sitting abruptly and turning to bite itself. It’s clear he’s uncomfortable and itchy, but why? It’s probably dog allergies. But is it due to pollen, food, dust mites … or your other pets? There are nearly endless possibilities. We help you narrow it down to the likeliest ones. Once you know what’s causing your dog to itch, you can take action to provide your dog with some much-needed relief. Also: have you noticed an increase in allergies this summer? How do you deal with them? Share your tips with us! If you leave a comment below and post it to Facebook, you may receive a little earthbath surprise from us!

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Preventing Doggy Swimmer's Ear!

Summertime brings with it longer days, sun-drenched vacations, and necessary escapes to the nearest body of water to cool down. For dogs who like to hit the lake, beach, or pool with you, this increased time in the water also increases the risk of painful ear infections. When water enters the ear canal, the perfect environment – dark and wet – is created for bacterial and yeast to grow in. Read on for more tips on preventing ear infections in your summertime swimmers!

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Shiny coats = happy, healthy dogs

Hair matters. Remember that old shampoo commercial: “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?” as the model swung her luscious, full, shiny mane of hair in slow motion towards the camera? Even as styles and even ideal weights and body sizes have varied throughout cultures and different eras, shiny, full, bouncy hair has always been desirable, and a sign of youth, health, and attractiveness. The dog with a pretty, shiny coat and the sparkly eyes will always be adopted first, over the dog with a scruffy, patchy coat with bald spots and dull eyes.
…Oh, did you think I was talking about women?

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What makes a quality dog shampoo?

Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what exactly makes earthbath a high-quality shampoo and what differentiates earthbath from the other brands on the market. When we started, we were asking these questions too, because we wanted to ensure we created the best product possible. A high-quality pet shampoo and conditioner must always have a few vitally important components. Read on to find out the four key things to look for in a top-quality pet shampoo.

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Shedding Woes, Part 2: Tips on Managing Blowing Coats

Last week we explained the finer points of shedding, and more specifically, the huge annual or bi-annual event termed “blowing coat” experienced by double-coated dog breeds. Whether or not you have a dog that blows out his undercoat this spring, if you have a dog, you have dog hair issues. So, to make your life a little less hairy, the following tips will help you keep the flying fur under control. Brush, Wash, Brush, Repeat.

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Shedding woes, part 1: What does "blowing coat" mean?

In this two-part series over the next two weeks, we describe the seasonal insanity that is “blowing coat” and then, detail the best way to manage this massive shedding! Some dog owners may never come across this dreaded two-word phrase (Looking at you, you single-coated breed owners, you!), but those of us who have the […]

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Why you love earthbath!

Recently we ran a contest on our Facebook page, in celebration of our 15th anniversary, where we asked our fans to tell us why they love earthbath, in 15 words or less. Here are the top 15 responses (and accompanying photos), as voted by total “Likes!” on our Facebook page. We agree with 100% of the responses we received!! Thanks again to all who entered!

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Grooming Puppies and earthbath Wipes

As a new puppy (actually, puppies) owner (yes, those are my lil’ furbabies), the following items are indispensable to me: 1) Tons of tiny training treats in a variety of flavors and textures (puppies want to learn, are food-motivated, and get bored easily) 2) lots and lots of old rags and towels 3) white vinegar […]

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What are "hot spots" and what are the best ways to treat them?

“Hot Spots,” also known as moist eczema, is often associated with dampness of the undercoat in heavy-coated breeds, as well as general inflamed skin irritations caused by a myriad of things. If your dog has hot-spot trouble, or general itchy, sensitive or irritated skin, try using our natural Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Shampoo and Spritz. Our Tea Tree Oil spritz is the simple solution: it’s blended with soothing melaleuca oil, nature’s finest hot spot ointment. Tea Tree Oil has long been recognized as an effective and beneficial antibacterial and soothing agent for all skin irritations, ranging from acne to insect bites (if you don’t believe us, try it yourself the next time you have a minor breakout or are a meal for mosquitoes yourself!). In addition, Aloe Vera is widely known as one of nature’s finest soothing emollients. The combination of Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera soothe and relieve hot spots and itchy, dried or chafed skin caused by flea bites, dandruff or other dermatitis.

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