Dog Show Beauty Tips with Q-tips #tipsters

On Thursday, the National Dog Show Presented by Purina airs right after the Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade. Over 20 million viewers will be watching as 2000 dogs and handlers vie for Best In Show. The television broadcast marks the start of the “triple crown” of dog shows, followed by December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and February’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

As dog lovers watch the dogs go through their paces at each of the dog shows, they’re watching the results of plenty of primping by some of the country’s top groomers…but with just a little work, some of that grooming magic can take place in your own home with something as simple as Q-tips®!

We’re so proud to say that we’re Q-tips Ambassadors and throughout the next year we’re going to be bringing you tips for all kinds of uses for Q-tips in pet households. We love that they’re multi-use and economical. Here are a few ways you can use Q-tips to get that just-groomed look you see at the dog shows:

  • clean the EXTERIOR flap of your dog’s ear. Never, ever poke Q-tips or any other object into your dog’s ear where it could cause damage but use Q-tips to clean the folds in the exterior portion of your dog’s ear. Not only will your dog be dog show pretty but you’ll reduce dirt and bacteria and keep those ears smelling good.
  • wrap Q-tips in gauze and use them as a quick doggie toothbrush. Dental health is important not just for a beauty queen smile but for your dog’s health as well. When you’re done, just discard and start with a brand new “doggie tooth brush” next time! Q-tips also make a great travel toothbrush if you’re traveling with your dog this holiday season.
  • clean between your dog’s paw pads with Q-tips. Remove dirt and debris that works its way into the crevices between those doggie toes.
  • apply your favorite paw moisturizers to paw pads to prevent cracked paw pads, especially during the winter months.
  • keep a supply of Q-tips and a box of cornstarch handy when you trim your dog’s nails. If you should accidentally cut into the quick and cause bleeding. quickly put some cornstarch on the nail and apply pressure with the Q-tips.

Do you have some tips for using Q-tips with your pets or in other aspects of your life? Q-tips is hosting a Tip-A-Thon on its Facebook page. Though December 15, you can submit your creative ways to use Q-tips (including for pet purposes) and be entered to win weekly $100 gift cards or the Grand Prize of a $1,000 gift card and a year’s supply of Q-tips!

Disclosure: This is a  post sponsored by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®,  written as part of our role as Q-tips Ambassadors. All tips and comments are our own!

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