What is a Sanitary Trim

As a professional dog grooming service, clients often ask, what is a sanitary trim? A sanitary trim is an essential part of any dog’s grooming routine. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about hygiene and comfort for your furry friend. Learn all about its benefits, how to do it at home (safely!), and when to call in the pros (hint: we’re here to help!). 

What is a Sanitary Trim?

A sanitary trim is a short clip of the hair around the dog’s privates, belly, and rear end. This trim helps to prevent urine and feces from getting matted in the fur, which can lead to:

  • Skin irritation: The trapped moisture from urine and feces can create a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to skin infections.
  • Matting: Matted fur can be painful for your dog and difficult to remove.
  • Hygiene issues: Urine and feces can attract dirt and debris, making your dog smell bad.

Benefits of a Sanitary Trim

In addition to preventing the problems mentioned above, a sanitary trim can also:

  • Make it easier for your dog to go potty: With less hair in the way, your dog will have less trouble eliminating.
  • Reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs): UTIs are more common in female dogs with long hair around their vulva. A sanitary trim can help to prevent UTIs by keeping the area clean and dry.
  • Improve your dog’s comfort: A sanitary trim can make them feel more comfortable and confident, especially if they struggle with hygiene issues.

How Often Should Your Dog Get a Sanitary Trim?

The frequency of your dog’s sanitary trims will depend on their breed, coat type, and lifestyle. Short-haired dogs with low-maintenance coats may only need a trim every few months, while long-haired dogs or dogs with thick coats may need a trim every 4-6 weeks.

How to Perform a Sanitary Trim at Home

If you’re comfortable doing so, you can perform a sanitary trim on your dog at home. However, it’s essential to be careful and use the right tools. Here are a few tips:

  • Use blunt-tipped scissors or clippers. These types of clippers will help to prevent accidental nicks or cuts.
  • Start with a small section of hair and trim it slowly. You can always trim more, but you can’t put hair back on!
  • Be careful around the skin. The skin around the privates and rectum is very thin and delicate.
  • If you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself, take your dog to a professional groomer.

Canine Couture Can Help!

If you’re unsure how to perform a sanitary trim on your dog or don’t have the time, Canine Couture is here to help! Our professional groomers can give your dog a neat and tidy sanitary trim that will keep them clean and comfortable.

In addition to sanitary trims, we offer a variety of other grooming services, including:

  • Baths 
  • Haircuts
  • Nail Trims
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Deshedding Treatments
  • Gland Express
  • Cleaning Paw Pads
  • Teeth Brushing

We’re committed to providing your dog with the best possible care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment! Call us at (678) 947-6556 or message us online to learn more. 

Happy grooming!