Our 8 Grooming Tools and Products

Cute Cavoodle

Cavoodles have a beautiful and sometimes curly coat that requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best.

Even if you get a groomer every 6 to 8 weeks, having a few of the right grooming tools and products on hand helps maintain their coat’s health and appearance.

So in this article, we’ll highlight the must-have and nice-to-have grooming items for your Cavoodle, ensuring their grooming sessions are enjoyable and stress-free 😊

Slicker Brush

A slicker brush is one of the must-have tools for Cavoodle grooming. It has fine, closely spaced wires that will help remove tangles, mats, and loose hair from your Cavoodle’s coat.

Even if you get your Cavoodle groomed, regular weekly brushing with a slicker brush will help prevent matting and will keep your Cavoodle’s coat looking nice and smooth.

Stainless Steel Comb

This is not essential however a stainless steel comb with both wide and narrow teeth is another grooming tool you can have in your at-home kit.

Because of the wide teeth, it will help detangle larger areas of the coat, while the narrow teeth are good for working through smaller tangles.

The slicker brush really does a good job but if you love to groom your puppy, then add the comb into your kit.

Professional-Grade Clippers

We’re not experienced enough to use clippers so we’ve never invested in them. 

However, if you’re up for it, investing in a high-quality set of clippers designed for dog grooming so you can groom your dog at home is well worth it. Grooming your Cavoodle yourself will save you anywhere between $600 to $800 a year in grooming costs and a really good pair of clippers can be around $300. So you’d be well ahead!

Just be sure to invest in clippers specifically made for dog grooming to ensure safe and efficient haircuts and clip away til your heart’s content!

Dog-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner

We would say this is a must-have in your at-home grooming kit. If you get your Cavoodle groomed every 6-8 weeks, a good wash in between is recommended.

We’d recommend choosing a dog-friendly shampoo and conditioner as human shampoo can be harsh and irritate your Cavoodle’s skin. Look for products that are cavoodle hypoallergenic,, moisturizing, and designed for dogs with sensitive skin.

Regular bathing with the right products will help keep your Cavoodle’s coat clean, soft, and smelling pretty.

Ear Cleaner

Cavoodles can be prone to ear infections due to their floppy ears and hair – this can trap moisture and cause infection.

We’ve never had this problem but if you like to be prepared, having a dog-friendly ear cleaner on hand will help keep their ears clean and prevent infections. Look for a mild and non-irritating ear cleaner that helps dissolve wax, promoting good ear health for your Cavoodle.

Nail Clippers

This will be a must-have item if you’re going to be grooming your Cavoodle yourself. 

Little Miss Polly has torn off a nail once in her 12 years on a day that she was due to be groomed! It was super painful for her and not fun for us seeing her pain ☹️

Just be sure to invest in a pair of nail clippers specifically designed for dogs and learn how to properly trim nails. Regular nail trims will prevent overgrowth, reduce the risk of nail injuries, and keep your Cavoodle healthy.

Styptic Gel

If you’re going to be the one to trim your puppy’s nails, it’s good to have a bottle of styptic gel on hand. The styptic gel will quickly stop bleeding in case of any minor cuts especially when trimming nails. You can buy it from your pet store and only need to apply a small amount to the affected area to promote clotting and stop bleeding.

Even though we don’t trim, it would’ve been handy to have this when Polly did lose her nail!

Dog-Friendly Toothbrush and Toothpaste

If we had it over again, we’d do this right from the beginning because we know firsthand that maintaining your Cavoodle’s dental hygiene is crucial for their overall health and in the long term, your hip pocket. 

You can buy dog-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste from a pet store. Get into the habit of regularly brushing their teeth as this will help prevent plaque buildup, gum disease, and bad breath (Little Miss Polly is renowned for her bad breath).

It’s not recommended to use Colgate as it may be harmful for your Cavoodle so opt for toothpaste formulated specifically for dogs.

Some small dogs are just prone to poor teeth so staying on top of their dental health can be helpful. Regularly feeding bones is also perfect for dental hygiene.

Conclusion

Having the right grooming products at home is helpful for keeping your Cavoodle’s coat healthy, clean, and looking its best. Slicker brushes, stainless steel combs, professional-grade clippers, dog-friendly shampoos and conditioners, ear cleaners, nail clippers, styptic gel, and dog-friendly toothpaste/toothbrush will have your puppy looking beautiful at all times.

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