Lockdown Haircuts? Battersea Offers Grooming Advice

01 DECEMBER 2020

Sprout pre-hair cut

Sprout post-hair cut

Cheddar pre-hair cut

Cheddar post-hair cut

Arlo with a bag of his hari, post-hair cut

01 DECEMBER 2020

As thousands look forward to some help with their lockdown haircuts as hairdressers and beauty salons begin to open up again, Battersea is marking the occasion by sharing some of the more extreme grooming staff have had to do over the years, as well as offering dog grooming advice.

Rebecca Lodder, Rehoming Welfare Manager at the much-loved animal charity says: “Keeping on top of your dog’s grooming is really important especially if they have a longer coat. Not only will this help to keep them healthy and comfortable, it will also help them look more their best.

“A trip to a reputable professional salon can give your dog a bit of style but we encourage owners to maintain their dog’s coat regularly by detangling any knots with a suitable brush and washing out any dirt from walks.”

Top dog grooming tips:

  • Not all dogs will enjoy a grooming session, so it’s important to build up positive associations such as using treats or a favourite toy to keep them calm and comfortable.
  • Try to keep it relaxing as possible, and take each step slowly.
  • Choose the right brush for your dog’s coat.
  • For a short-hair coated dog, grooming should be done at least once a week. For a long-hair coated dog, more regular grooming may be required to prevent knots from matting and for even longer-hair coated dogs, they may need brushing out after each walk.
  • If your dog does need a bathe - detangle any matted fur first, use pet shampoo with lukewarm water, and avoid areas like the face, mouth and ears. Make sure you rinse off all shampoo residue. If you’re unsure, always check with your vet first.
  • If your dog has any skin problems, always check with your vet first before going it alone.

For humans a trip to the salon can be seen as a luxury, but for some dogs it’s a necessity. Here’s a look back at some of the more extreme haircuts that expert groomers at Battersea have sadly seen over the years:

Poor Sprout is a Mongrel who arrived at Battersea in 2019 after he was found wandering alone on the streets with long, matted and uncomfortable fur. Battersea’s groomers carefully clipped him down and gave him a fresh start. He found a new home and left Battersea with a spring in his step.

Staff at Battersea will never know what happened to Cheddar the Chow Chow as he came in as a stray in 2019. Cheddar’s fur had clearly been left unattended for far too long. Battersea’s groomers had no choice but to give him a haircut to ease his discomfort, as well as a new jumper to keep him warm. Cheddar has now found a new home.

Old English Sheepdog, Arlo’s fur was so long and matted he could barely see, causing him to walk into walls when he arrived at the beginning of 2020. Arlo’s knots were so bad staff had no choice but to clip him from head to toe – removing a huge 18 kilograms of hair while under sedation. Arlo’s unique look caught the attention of his new owners, who say his soft fur is now starting to grow back.

Now more than ever, Battersea needs your support to help us continue to be here for every dog and cat across the UK and beyond.

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Notes to editors

  • Since Battersea was founded 160 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. Because rescue is our favourite breed.
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. Now more than ever, we need funds to enable us to continue to be here for every dog and cat.
  • Battersea directly helps over 5,000 dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 34 days and 25 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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