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You vs. Muddy Paws

Spring brings mud, mess and more mud. Equip yourself with tips, tools and tricks to make this season easier.

Catch It Outside

Absorbant doormats are designed to catch water and mud at the source. Set up a Tall Tails Wet Paws Absorbant Mat at your door, in your car or in your bathroom to keep mud and moisture from tracking around your home. Each mat comes with a non-slip backing, and all mats are machine washable and dryable for easy cleanup.

If your dog is truly muddy, use a Dexas MudBuster Paw Cleaner to give your dog's paws a mini bath. Add water to the container, insert your dog's muddy paw, gently twist, pat the paw dry and repeat for each paw. Clean between uses to keep paws fresh.

Or, try the Tall Tails mitt to clean paws, underbelly and legs before they track it everyone. It's also machine washable and dryable and is perfect to keep in your car or by a door.

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Suds, Wipe, Dry

Sometimes, a bath is a must. Earthbath creates highly-effective, natural, biodegradeable and heavenly smelling shampoos and conditioners. They won't wash away flea and tick applications, and they naturally soften and detangle your dog's hair. Find it in delightful smelling and hypo-allergenic options.

For quick cleanups, try Earthbath wipes to clean paws, legs and the underbelly. These wipes remove dirt, dander, drool, discharge and cling-ons. All you're left with is soft, conditioned fur.

Add a Tall Tails Pocket Dog Towel to your after-bath routine. The terry fabric is 50% more absorbant than cotton and makes drying quick and efficient. With the built-in hand pockets, you're now ready to dry hard-to-clean places and wiggly dogs. Of course, it's also machine washable and dryable.

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Brush, Brush, Brush

small-dog-furminatorRegualrly brushing your dog becomes even more important in the spring. Mud and moisture can cause a dog fur to knot, mat and curl more easily. Depending on your dog's fur, spring shedding may also combine with the wetness to make a gnarly and uncomfortable mess.

Pick the right type of brush to maintain your dog's fur. For dogs that shed, a FURminator deShedding tool reaches deep beneath the topcoat to remove undercoat and loose hair. The gentle process can help dogs reduce loose hair from shedding by up to 90% on reguarly groomed dogs.

Cats also benefit from reguar brushing, and a FURminator can reduce hairballs by minimizing loose hair ingested during self-grooming.

If your dog doesn't shed, work with our team members to find a brush that's ideal for your dog's coat type, length and needs.

Keep It Up

Regularly trimming the hair around your dog's paws helps mud from clumping on them.

Practice handling your dog's paws frequently. This makes it easy to clean and trim thier paws as needed. If your dog doesn't like his or her paws handled, consider working with a trainer to develop a safe and effective plan. 

Beyond Mud

Fleas, mosquitos and ticks begin emerging in the spring. Start treatment early to help prevent diseases, irritation or infections. We carry brand name and natural flea and tick preventatives in our stores.

And as always, our knowledgeable team members are eager to help you find your perfect spring solutions.

All product claims are made by product manufacturers or distributors.

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