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How to Keep Your Cat’s Ears Clean and Why You Should

Cats, for the most part, groom themselves, so for many cat owners, grooming isn’t something that comes to mind when they think of regular cat care. But cleaning your cat’s ears may be one aspect of the grooming process you want to reconsider. Here’s why it’s so important and how you can do it yourself!

Why Do My Cat’s Ears Need to Be Cleaned?

Cats generally do a good job of cleaning their own ears, but sometimes they need help. Older cats have trouble reaching certain spots of their body, which may include the top of their head, so the assistance can be appreciated. Other cats may not have learned proper grooming as kittens and could neglect to clean their ears. Some kitties need extra assistance with ear cleaning if they suffer from ear problems.

Signs Your Cat Is Getting Old

Even if your cat is young, healthy, and has no problem grooming, checking her ears and doing the occasional clean can help you spot issues before they come serious and prevent others from occurring.

What to Look for While Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears

Cleaning your cat’s ears is an excellent opportunity to check that they are in good health. If you notice any problems or anything unusual, call your veterinarian right away.

These are some things you should be on the lookout for:

  • Ear pain
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity
  • Scratching or irritation
  • Odd smells
  • Discharge
  • Masses around the ear
  • Excessive head shaking
  • Ear obstructions
  • Scabs around the ear

These signs and symptoms could point to issues like ear mites, an ear infection, or something else. Your vet can diagnose and treat the issue.

How Often to Clean Your Cat’s Ears

Unless your vet recommends doing it more or less frequently, you can tackle this task about once a month.

What You Need to Clean Cat Ears 

You don’t need much to clean your cat’s ears!

  • Cat ear-cleaning solution as recommended by your veterinarian – You can purchase this through your veterinarian or at a pet store. It should be stored at room temperature.
  • Cotton balls – Have these ready if you plan to clean the outside of your cat’s ears.
  • A towel – This is useful to wrap your pet in, so he’s more comfortable with the process. Alternatively, you can recruit a second person to hold your cat still.
  • Treats – These are never a bad idea!

Vet Tip: Never use Q-tips® on the inside of your cat’s ears. Just like for humans, they can cause more issues for your cat or damage his eardrum.

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How to Clean Your Cat’s Ears 

Cleaning your furry friend’s ears can be a quick process, but it’s a good idea to do it while he’s sleepy or feeling extra affectionate. Many animals are not fans of having their ear’s touched, and cats are no exception.

The environment where you do it should be quiet and away from other animals and disturbances, like noisy children.

When you’re ready to get started, here is how to approach this task:

Make Sure You Need to Clean the Ear 

First, check if your cat’s ears are in need of cleaning. You don’t need any supplies for this: Just hold the tip of the ear, and turn the ear flap so you can see into the ear canal. Pale pink is the sign of a clean ear. If you see earwax, debris, or dirt, it may be time to apply cleaner.

Hold Your Cat Still 

Whether with a helper or a towel, it’s important to hold your cat still before you get started. Don’t grip too tightly, as this could cause stress. Instead, lightly hold him down or wrap him tightly—like a burrito—in the towel to prevent escape and ensure he remains still.

If your cat is visibly uncomfortable or fighting, try another time.

Apply the Ear Cleaner, and Massage The Ear 

Once your cat is settled, it’s time to apply the ear cleaner. Do one ear at a time, follow the directions on the cleaning solution, and always use the recommended dose. Once the ear drops are in, gently massage your cat’s ear for about 30 seconds.

Close Your Mouth! 

When you’ve finished cleaning your cat’s ears, let him go, and close your mouth and eyes. Cats tend to shake when they’re released. You don’t want any of the cleaner getting in your eyes or mouth!

Clean His Outer Ears 

After you’ve applied the droplets, it’s time to clean the outside of your feline’s ears. You may want to complete this task right after applying your cat’s internal cleaner or at another time altogether. It depends on how your cat handled the first steps of the process.

Using a cotton ball, gently clean your cat’s ears, pulling away any debris, dirt, and ear wax.

Give Him Treats 

After a job well done, treats are always deserved. This positive encouragement can make the next ear cleaning much easier as your cat starts to associate it with treats.

Why You May Want to Take Your Cat to a Professional Groomer 

While grooming your cat’s ears is generally a simple process, you may want to consider taking him to a professional groomer instead. Schedule an appointment if your cat:

  • Has had serious problems with ear mites, ear infections, or other ear-related issues in the past
  • Has the tendency to not groom himself
  • Displays skin or fur problems
  • Gets violent or visibly stressed during the ear-cleaning process

Professional groomers are trained to look for health problems, even in your cat’s ears. They’re also comfortable working with cats that are anxious or stressed and know how to soothe them. If your furry friend doesn’t enjoy ear-cleaning sessions with you, you don’t want them associating that fear and stress with your company.

Cats are generally great self-groomers, but sometimes they need a bit of assistance. If you’d rather not tackle this grooming process yourself, get in touch with one of Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospitals professional groomers! Each is trained to care for your pet, look for potential health problems, and send him home to you looking his best. Call 281-693-7387 to schedule an appointment.

My Cat Won’t Stop Licking! Why He Does It and How to Help

Your cat licking himself is a normal part of grooming, but if he’s constantly cleaning or is licking the same spot over and over, it could point to a bigger problem. Find out why this behavior is so bad for your cat and how you can help him.

Why Excessive Licking Is Bad for Your Cat

Grooming is an absolutely normal behavior for a cat, and it’s a must for his overall health. If he crosses over into excessive grooming, it could become a serious issue for him, causing hair loss or skin irritation, and making him more susceptible to injuries.

The abnormal behavior almost always points to another, underlying issue, which can sometimes be serious. It’s important to get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible to help your cat overcome his licking obsession.

There are several reasons a cat may excessively lick his fur or skin. Some are easier to treat than others, but a vet can diagnose the underlying problem.

Cause #1: Fleas

Fleas and other parasites are no fun for your furry friend and can be tough to get rid of if allowed to get out of control. One sign your cat may have fleas is excessive or frantic licking because these parasites can cause itchiness, swollen spots, and other irritations from their bites.

There are other signs of a flea infestation. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:

  • Flea dirt – This is actually flea poop. You can find it by looking for brown or black flakes in your cat’s fur or on spots where he spends time laying or sitting.
  • Flea eggs – They look like white circles, and, just like flea dirt, you can find them in the fur or on the floor.
  • Sneezing – Some cats are allergic to flea saliva!
  • Constant scratching
  • Restlessness or lethargy
  • Hair loss
  • Small black or red insects on your cat – These are the fleas!

How to Help Your Cat

You can help control your cat’s obsessive licking due to fleas by controlling the fleas themselves. Allowing a flea infestation to continue can result in even more issues for your cat, such as worms or anemia. It’s important to get control of the parasites as quickly as you discover them.

If you notice any of the signs above, use a flea comb on your cat. Running it through his fur can help you find flea eggs, flea dirt, and even the fleas themselves, so you can confirm the problem.

If you discover there are fleas, there are plenty of options regarding medication and relief for your pet. Some topical medicines will provide month long relief and prevention, while others may be shorter and only work for 24 hours. There are also soaps and other products you can use to prevent fleas from living on your cat or in your home. Talk to your veterinarian about the best options.

Cause #2: Stress or a Compulsive Personality

Some cats require more exercise than others. Other cats become anxious easily. Stress, boredom, and compulsiveness can all result in excessive licking for your kitty. Causes of stress or anxiety include:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of interaction
  • Changes in the environment – Such as a move or a new baby

How to Help Your Cat

When the underlying cause of excessive grooming is stress, boredom, or a compulsive personality, the remedy depends on the exact issue. If he’s bored and licking (psychogenic alopecia):

  • Extend playtime
  • Purchase new toys
  • Add a cat tree to the window
  • Get puzzle toys that keep him entertained and rewarded with treats

If your cat is home alone most of the time, you may also want to consider adding another pet to the family. Loneliness can result in boredom and compulsive behaviors. Before you do, weigh the situation carefully, and make sure a new pet is the right solution for your whole family and your current cat. A new family member could cause the stress to get worse.

To ease stress, make sure your cat is comfortable and loved. If there are changes occurring, like a move or a new baby, calm your cat with treats. There are also calming products available, like special treats and scents, that can help a cat that’s feeling stress or dealing with changes at home. Your vet can direct you to their recommendations.

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Cause #3: Environmental or Food Allergies

Just like people, cats can have allergies! Their skin can get itchy, resulting in obsessive licking. Your cat could be allergic to something in his diet or something within the home. Common allergens are:

  • Prescriptions medications
  • Cleaning products
  • Perfumes
  • Food
  • Fabrics

How to Help Your Cat

First, to stop your cat’s excessive licking from allergies, you need to find the root cause. If food is the suspect, cut that food out of his diet for six weeks. It may take some trial and error to find the culprit. Ask your veterinarian for advice on how to approach your cat’s new diet.

Some cats are affected by their environments. Cleaning your home regularly (with tolerable cleaning products), vacuuming, dusting, and changing your HVAC’s air filter can help.

Cause #4: An Underlying Health Problem

Excessive licking can point to a number of other health problems, from dry skin to pain. For example, cold weather in winter can result in dry, irritated skin (just like for people!), or the area may be causing your cat some discomfort from another health issue, like cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).

How to Help Your Cat

If the cause of your cat’s licking isn’t obvious, like fleas, take him to a vet. Health issues like cystitis can be life-threatening if not treated, while other problems—like wounds—can become worse without medication.

Generally, if your cat is licking himself excessively, it’s a good idea to bring him to your vet. Your veterinarian can talk to you about your cat’s behaviors and help you pinpoint the exact cause of the issue. They may recommend behavior changes or medication, like steroids, antibiotics, topical solutions, or antihistamines, to help control the discomfort. No matter the cause, seeing a veterinarian could finally help your cat find relief from the constant itchiness.

If your cat is displaying symptoms like excessive licking, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian to rule out any serious causes. You can get to the bottom of this compulsive behavior by visiting Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital in Katy, TX. Give us a call at 281-593-7387 to schedule an appointment!

How to Groom Your Dog at Home

Grooming your dog can sound like a daunting process, especially at home, but it’s an important aspect of dog ownership. If you’re ready to get in the bath with your pup, give her a new hairstyle, and/or trim her nails, these tips for grooming will help!

If you’re not comfortable grooming your dog at home, we offer professional grooming services at Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital in Katy, TX. Our experienced groomers can trim, style, cut nails, brush, bathe, clean ears, and more! To schedule your appointment, reach us at 251-693-7387.

Why Does My Dog Need to Be Groomed?

There are several reasons your dog should be groomed regularly. It’s a must for her health, well-being, and your carpets. Just what type of grooming your dog requires depends on her skin and fur, but here are some reasons it should be done:

  • Prevents matting
  • Removes dead skin
  • Distributes natural oils to keep coat and skin in good condition
  • Keeps you on the lookout for fleas, infections, and lumps and bumps that could indicate other health problems
  • Reduces stress
  • Keeps her comfortable in certain climates and temperatures
  • Helps her paws and ears stay in healthy condition
  • Reduce the amount your dog sheds

In addition to all of these, regular grooming also keeps your dog looking her best!

How Often Should I Groom My Dog? 

How often you wash and trim your pup depends on a few things:

  • Her breed
  • How much she sheds
  • Her coat
  • Her activity – Active dogs tend to get dirtier!
  • The climate in which you live – Long-haired dogs in our climate may need to be trimmed more often to stay cool.

And while you may have a long-haired dog that needs to be brushed daily, it doesn’t mean you have to go through the entire grooming process each day. Over time, you’ll learn just how often your dog needs a spa treatment.

We generally recommend completing a standard grooming regimen about once a month. If you have a puppy, it’s a good idea to start getting her used to a grooming schedule early on, so she’s less anxious about the process as she grows up!

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What You Need to Groom Your Dog 

Grab these items before you start!

  • Dog nail clippers – Never use human nail clippers! They’re not designed for dogs’ nails and could cause harm.
  • Scissors or dog clippers
  • Brush – If your dog has longer fur, you may need specialized tools.
  • Towels
  • Leash and collar (optional)
  • Dog shampoo
  • Treats – Give your pup treats throughout the entire grooming process to keep her comfortable and happy!

How to Groom Your Dog at Home 

Once you have your materials nearby, follow this step-by-step guide to get your dog looking its best (skipping any steps that don’t apply to your dog because of the criteria above):

Brush Her Fur 

This is the first of a few maintenance tasks you’ll need to complete before you head to the bath. A good brush-through will make bathing and trimming much easier, but also remove loose hair. Your bath drain will thank you!

If you find a tangle, try brushing it out gently. If it has become a mat, it may be best to cut it out to avoid discomfort for your dog. If you can’t cut it out without hurting your dog—or feel uncomfortable doing so, take her to a professional dog groomer.

Trim Her Nails 

Just like grooming, your dog’s nails should be trimmed once a month. If you’re not sure how to complete this task, check out our easy, step-by-step guide!

Bathe Her

Now that she’s brushed through and her nails are trimmed, it’s time to get your pup in the bath. You’ll want to have all the items you need nearby now because you don’t want to be running around the house grabbing towels with a wet dog trying to escape the tub. It’s also a good idea to have a non-slip mat or surface in your tub, so your dog is as comfortable as possible.

Once you’re ready, here’s how to give your dog a bath:

Step 1: Turn on the water from the shower head facing away from your dog at first to ensure you don’t accidentally shock or burn her with cold or hot water. The water’s temperature should be lukewarm.

(Optional Step): Consider leashing your dog to the wall with a suction cup to prevent her from moving too much.

Step 2: Run the lukewarm water over her fur and skin, avoiding her ears and head.

Step 3: Apply the dog shampoo to her fur. Start from her neck, and move downward using your hands to get it through her thick fur and to her skin.

Step 4: Use shampoo on her head, but carefully avoiding her eyes and ears. Use a towel to wipe off her face if it gets wet.

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Step 5: Rinse your pup with the shower head until all the dirt, shampoo, and debris leaves her fur.

Step 6: Dry your dog while she’s still in the tub to avoid a wet dog running around the house! Some dogs may require a blow dryer, but be careful to use the cool setting if you go this route. If your dog is uncomfortable with the loud noise, let her air dry after rubbing her down with towels.

Trim Your Dog 

Once your pup is dry, it’s time to start the trim! Not all dogs need to be clipped; it depends on her fur and breed. How you trim your dog also depends on your pet’s fur, but these steps can be a general guideline.

Step 1: Secure your dog. It’s essential she doesn’t move around a lot during her trim, so make sure she’s in an area where she’s comfortable, on a leash, and secure.

Step 2: Start the process at her neck, and work downward, just like bathtime, saving her legs for last.

Step 3: Brush against the direction of the fur.

Step 4: Run the scissors or clippers in the direction of the fur to trim her hair.

Use extra care around her neck, genitals, anus, tail, Achilles’ tendons, armpits, legs, and face. Be patient, and take your time to avoid accidents.

Vet Tip: We sometimes see even careful owners accidentally injuring their dogs when they attempt to trim their fur. We recommend bringing your pup in to see us for professional grooming to make sure she stays safe and gets the cut you want! 

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Treats!

Once you’ve finished grooming your dog, treats are essential! Reward your good pup handsomely for her stellar behavior.

Why You May Want to Take Your Dog to a Professional Groomer

You can save money by grooming your dog at home, but there are real benefits to taking your dog to a professional groomer instead.

They Have Experience

Professional dog groomers have all the experience and tools they need on hand to get your dog looking her best. This is great to rely on if you’re not comfortable trimming your pup or she’s anxious about the process. Groomers know how to handle anxious dogs.

They Know What to Look for Regarding Your Dog’s Health 

Ticks and fleas can be visible to dog owners most of the time, but having a professional groomer go over your dog’s fur and skin can help detect problems before they get worse. Groomers are trained to look for:

  • Dry skin
  • Injuries
  • Ear and eye problems
  • Fleas and ticks
  • Hot spots
  • Other irritations

They Bond with Your Dog 

Because of their extensive experience, dog groomers know how to bond with all kinds of dogs. When your pup builds a relationship with her groomer, she may look forward to a trip to the groomer!

It Saves You Time and Effort 

There’s no doubt grooming your dog can take quite a bit of time and energy. Between prepping her, getting the bath ready, and cleaning up, it can be a several-hour affair. Dropping your dog off at the groomer’s frees up your day!

They Can Give Your Dog a Great Look 

Professional groomers also have the experience to give your dog a great look. If you’re after a special look or want to have your pup comfortable during the hot summer, your groomer knows exactly how to achieve that trim or style.

Grooming at home can be quite the process, but it can also be a great bonding activity for you and your pet! If you or your dog is anxious about any part of the process, you can always do what you can at home, then have a professional groomer finish up. Whatever you decide, bathtime, trims, and nail clips are essential to your dog’s overall health and well-being, so don’t skip them!

Ready to meet our professional groomers? They can maintain your pet’s style, give her a haircut, get rid of those nasty mats, or just trim her nails. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 281-693-7387.

8 Truly Unique (and Useful) Haircuts for Cats!

Many haircuts for cats are for their comfort, but who says your kitty can’t be comfortable and stylish! Check out these unique haircuts for cats.

1. Lion Cut

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Perhaps the most well-known of all haircuts for cats is the lion cut. Mostly done on long-haired breeds, it gives the household cat the appearance of its cousin, the lion. Your kitty will be shaved, except for her:

  • Shoulders
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Feet
  • Tip of the tail

This leaves a mane and tufted tail, just like the well-known Big Cat.

While it looks adorable, this cut has plenty of purpose. Long-haired cat breeds are prone to matting. Even with routine brushing, mats can occur, especially in hard-to-reach places like her lower back and stomach. Mats can be extremely uncomfortable for your cat as they tighten and pull on her skin. As your cat ages, she’ll become less flexible, so mats will be more common. If your cat absolutely hates the brush, a lion cut is almost a necessity.

In these hot Katy summers, this cut does wonders for keeping your kitty cool!

Two common breeds that often get the lion cut are Maine coons and Persians.

2. Comb Cut

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A comb cut is very similar to a lion cut, but instead of shaving, the fur is trimmed extremely short in the same pattern.

It can perform the same tricks, cutting back on the amount of mats in your cat’s fur while also reducing shedding and hairballs.

If your cat is prone to skin problems, this cut allows you to easily inspect her while she stays comfortable!

3. Panther Cut

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In the opposite direction of the lion and comb cuts is the panther cut. Your groomer will shave your cat almost completely, only leaving fur on her head and legs. Occasionally, the tip of the tail isn’t shaved either, but this depends on your style sensibility and your cat’s preference.

The panther cut is a solution for cats that are prone to extreme matting, especially on the back of the neck as they age.

4. Stripe Style

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In the stripe style cut, your cat’s fur is left completely alone on her head, face, and tail. Her body is shaved, and her legs are half-shaved. This gives her the appearance of wearing snow boots and a Santa beard! You can also choose to trim your kitty’s fur close to the skin rather than shaving.

This look is a great choice for cats that overheat or mat easily.

5. Enhanced Pattern Cut

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Does your cat have a unique pattern? While cutting down on hairballs, this trim really brings out the natural colors and pattern of your kitty. Stripes especially pop! If your cat has long hair, check out an enhanced pattern cut! Want to highlight a specific pattern or color on your cat, ask your groomer to trim along the pattern line!

6. Egyptian Cut

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If you own an Abyssinian, you probably know her breed originated in Egypt. Sometimes long fur can change her unique appearance, even if she’s generally short haired. An Egyptian cut, which is a trim, brings back that look her breed is well known for!

7. Dinosaur or Dragon Cut

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Lion cuts and comb cuts are very popular choices for cats, but if you want to mix it up a bit while still helping your kitty reduce mats and hairballs, go for the dinosaur cut! It serves all the health purposes of the lion cut while keeping your kitty stylish.

This unique look is also known as the:

  • Dragon cut
  • Stegosaurus cut
  • Mohawk cut

8. Teddy Bear Trim

A teddy bear trim is a complex look for cats that should only be done by a professional groomer. The fur has to be prepared perfectly, which means proper cleaning and trimming with the right equipment.

In this look, also known as a comb trim or the cat’s pajama trim, the fur is trimmed an inch or less, (depending on the type of cat you have) with the fur around her face and tail customized to look its best.

This trim is a low-maintenance option for cat owners, while also providing benefits like less shedding and fewer hairballs. It’s also a great choice if you’re not a fan of the more extreme options, like a lion cut.

These are some of the most popular, yet unique haircuts for cats. They have true benefits for kitties, especially if yours has longer hair or is prone to hairballs, mats, or extreme shedding. And they’re great for preventing overheating in high temperatures like we have.

If you’re interested in getting a unique haircut for your cat, take her to a professional groomer! Cats can get a bit feisty when groomed, and you want your furry friend to stay safe and stylish. Ready to schedule an appointment for your kitty, or want some insight into the best cut for your cat? Give Cinco Ranch Vet a call at 281-693-7387.

6 Unique Ways to Style Your Dog!

If you bring your dog to the groomers for their “regular,” are you really speaking to your furbaby’s style? People experiment with their hair; why can’t dogs? There are some unique and interesting hairdos out there for pooches; you’re sure to find what works best with your dog’s style!

Check out six of our favorite haircuts for cool dogs:

1. Teddy Bear

The Teddy Bear, also known as a Puppy Cut, is a fairly popular—definitely adorable—haircut for cool dogs. The end result of a “teddy” or “puppy” varies from groomer to groomer, but the general idea is your dog should look cute, cuddly, and puppy-like!

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The Teddy Bear cut is for dogs with longer coats—often smaller dogs like:

  • Shih tzus
  • Maltese
  • Pomeranian
  • Bichons

If you have a ‘Teddy Bear’ dog, which is a mix between a shih tzu and a bichon frise, you have the absolute perfect dog for this look!

2. Lamb Cut

Picture a lamb in your mind. Don’t forget about the curls and the fluff! You’re imagining another popular, unique look for dogs.

In this haircut, your pup’s face and feet are shaved. Its tail may also be shaved, but that is up to the groomer and your preferences. The rest of your dog’s hair will generally be the same length throughout, resulting in a fluffy, lamb-like look.

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Image from Flickr user VirtualWolf (compressed).

The Lamb Cut is an extremely popular choice for poodles, as it is one of the cuts used for showing. But other dogs can enjoy this cool cut too! It works best on breeds with curly hair but can look trendy on a wide range of long-haired breeds if done correctly.

3. Lion Cut

The Lion Cut will definitely bring out your pup’s wild side!

Dating back to the 17th century, it was first used for working, fishing dogs in Portugal. The cut helped them weigh less, making it easier for them to swim and complete work without the burden of extra hair.

The cut is almost exactly as it sounds: Your pup’s torso, legs, and hindquarters are shaved, and its head and neck fur is left naturally long. The tail is also shaved—except for the burst of fur at the tip!

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Image by Flickr user idalingi (compressed).

The Lion Cut is most commonly used for:

  • Portuguese water dogs
  • Chows
  • Poodles

It’s also a top choice for Pomeranians because their color closely resembles that of a lion. In fact, it’s so popular with this breed, that it’s also known as the Pomeranian Cut and can be used in AKC shows.

It’s best to ask your groomer’s advice before getting a lion cut for your dog! It isn’t right for every breed and does require regular maintenance and trims.

4. Top Knot

The Top Knot is another cool cut reserved for some lucky specific breeds. It requires a significant amount of hair on the top of the head to work properly. A good rule of thumb is if your dog has enough hair to cover its eyes, it has enough hair for a top knot.

A top knot is a ponytail made at the top of your dog’s head. It can be done for show or to ensure your pup has an easier time navigating its environment. It’s a great solution if your dog’s hair is constantly getting in its eyes, dragging on the floor, or falling into the water bowl.

The hair is generally held in place with a beautiful bow or barrette, but a hair tie can also be used. If your dog has plenty of hair, you may be able to make a hair bow—a literal bow of hair!

5. Asian Freestyle

The Asian Freestyle, also known as Japanese Grooming, Asian Fusion, or Asian Styling, is still fairly new to the United States. First becoming popular in the U.S. in 2014, the groom is originally from China, Japan, and Korea. The result varies from region to region, groomer to groomer, and dog to dog!

Asian Freestyle follows no real rules except to make your pup look adorable—like a stuffed dog. It’s frequently considered an art form, so the groomer and owner get artistic freedom. There are also no breed standards for this cool dog haircut!

Generally, dogs that get this haircut end up with extremely fluffy, columned legs that resemble bell-bottom pants, and the overall appearance of cotton candy. The hair on their faces is cut to look like stuffed bears or dogs. Since there are no breed standards, the cut is modified from dog to dog, but symmetry is often sought in the end result.

6. Kennel Cut

The Kennel Cut is an extremely common cut, but in the heat of summer, there’s not much cooler than this one! The name comes from the idea that it’s your dog’s off-season from showing, hunting, or working. A shorter coat is more comfortable in hot weather and easier for you to manage.

Cut close to the skin, the kennel cut favors an even length throughout the fur, with a clean face and feet. It’s perfect if you and your dog just need a break!

These are only five examples of cool haircuts for your dog; there is a wide range of options available to you when it’s time to take Fifi in for her new look! What hairdo is your dog rocking this summer?

If it’s about time your pup got a haircut, you have a show coming up, or you just want to try something different for your furbaby, we’re happy to help! With over 60 years of experience, we can offer advice and suggestions when it comes to your pet’s best grooming. Make an appointment for a full spa day—bubble bath, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and a new hairdo—by calling us at 281-693-7387.

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