Your dog may experience some grooming issues that you can handle yourself.
Teeth Cleaning - Just as with our teeth, pets can suffer from tooth decay. That's the bad news. The good news is it can be prevented, just as with our teeth. There are products available at most pet stores that allow you to brush and clean your dog or cat's teeth. We have found however that most pets don't particularly enjoy this process and some actively oppose it. If you can't manage this cleaning process at least once a week, your pet's teeth will likely get to a point where they require a cleaning and scaling process performed by your veterinarian under anesthesia.
Because my dogs are in that category of active opposition, I instead use a dental rinse that is added to their drinking water that helps with tartar control as well as freshens their breath. Most pet stores, including PetSmart, generally carry at least one such rinse. I supplement with a dental chew as well. They love getting their "toothbrush" every evening!
Deodorizing - There aren't a lot of things that smell worse than a dog who has just splashed in dirty water, or has rolled in something dead, or has been sprayed by a skunk. Other than the skunk spraying, they probably are very proud of themselves when they present themselves at your door. You of course don't want them in your house until they smell better. What to do?
You could call us and we'll be happy to come out and de-stink your dog. But it may be a few days or even a week before we can get there. Fortunately there are quite effective de-stinking products available at most pet stores. PetSmart for instance sells a product from Nature's Miracle called Skunk Odor Remover. It is a spray-on, leave-on treatment that removes the stink from the dog's coat as it drys. It also works on other stinky smells.
Scaly Skin Conditions - A skin condition similar to dandruff called seborrhea is common in dogs, especially older dogs or those with thyroid conditions. A veterinarian should be consulted about any skin condition and they may recommend medication and/or a medicated shampoo. If the condition is mild and does not require medication however, the condition can be managed with an over-the-counter remedy. Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength used regularly can help to keep seborrhea conditions under control.
You might not find this in your local grocery store. It is likely you will have to visit a drugstore. I know it can be found at Walgreen's and CVS for instance.
Fleas! - We seem to fight a never-ending battle with fleas and ticks in the Middle Tennessee area. There are solutions you can find at your vet's office, topical as well as a pill-form. These must be applied regularly and can get very expensive. DO NOT BUY FRONTLINE! This topical treatment is no longer working; fleas have become immune to it. Here are some cheaper solutions.