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By Tracy Thompson
the Times 

Pet grooming guidelines released

Help is on the way for our shaggy, matted friends


Tracy Thompson

Rocco romps in the back yard after a Petco grooming. Although his cut did not match Animal Clinic East's exacting standards, we were both happier once he was groomed.

Is your dog looking rough these days? For many breeds, a regular grooming schedule is a must. My dog Rocco is a miniature schnauzer, which is a double-coated breed that has a wiry topcoat and a soft undercoat. If he were being groomed as a show dog, his soft undercoat would be stripped by hand or with a special stripping knife, leaving his wiry topcoat in place.

A pet grooming style using clippers removes the wiry topcoat, leaving the dog with a soft fur coat that resembles hair. This hair is an incredible magnet for any sticky burr or seed or weed that it touches. And although Rocco is a...

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