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11 Essentials in a Dog Grooming Kit

Tools to keep your pet looking so fresh and so clean, from bamboo hair brushes to biodegradable wipes.

by Liza Darwin
August 29, 2021
A wheaten terrier getting a haircut to remove the hair from over his eyes
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Does your dog have a grooming routine? They should. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be as high-maintenance as yours. Regular DIY upkeep helps keep your pup looking fly from head to toe between professional grooming appointments. And it takes just a few minutes each week to boost your their oral hygiene, coat health, and more. Don’t know where to start? Experts recommend grabbing a brush. As Ani Corless, fear-free certified groomer and owner of NYC salon Luxury Groomer, advises, “​​Brush and comb your pet regularly — at least once a week and possibly more frequently depending on your dog’s coat type and length, breed, and level of shedding.” She also recommends wiping their paws daily to keep them clean from sidewalk dirt and debris. (If your dog has allergies, wiping their face after a walk can help remove allergens, too.) From bamboo brushes to hypoallergenic shampoo to vet-trusted toothpaste, here’s everything you need to get your dog looking (and smelling) their best.

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Vets agree that regular brushing helps maintain canine gum health, boosts oral hygiene, and can even prevent other issues down the line. But the toothpaste you use on your pup matters, and Virbac comes recommended by the pros. This enzymatic toothpaste removes plaque, freshens doggie breath, and, best of all, its poultry flavor is appealing to pups. The oral hygiene kit comes with a brush, too, so you’ll be set.

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Liza Darwin

Liza Darwin

Liza Darwin is a writer and brand strategist. She has contributed to NYLON, Refinery29, Vogue, The Guardian, Vice, and Elle, and co-founded the news platform Clover Letter. She lives in Brooklyn with her two dogs, Montie and Hopper, and cat, Tiger.