Dog Grooming Tips – Healthy Fur, Teeth, Ears and Nails
Dog grooming is one of the most important factors in keeping your pet healthy; it keeps them smelling and looking nice. A clean dog is usually healthier and happier than one that is never groomed. In most cases, a dog's grooming needs depend on their breed and hair type. Grooming doesn’t only have to do with hair/fur; it also has to do with skin, ears, nails and teeth. If our dog has a specific condition that compromises your ability to groom him, talk to your veterinarian about how to do this. Always make sure you have the appropriate grooming tools handy when you own a dog. You never know when a situation may come about where you have to groom them.
Dog Grooming Tip #1 - Brushing
When it comes to hair brushing, most long haired dogs require daily brushing in order to prevent matting and tangling of hair. Medium-haired dogs aren’t as prone to matting, however it is still important to brush them at least once a week to prevent it. Short-haired dogs can go up to a month without needing to be brushed but they will need the occasional touch up. Hair brushing is beneficial especially if your dog enjoys it as it provides you with an opportunity to bond with him/her. Brushing will also reduce hair-build up and excess shedding which is usually bothersome to pet owners.
Dog Grooming Tip #2 - Oral Care
Oral care is an important part of a good dog grooming routine. Without dental care, a dog can develop issues from plaque to periodontal disease. Dental care doesn’t mean you need to brush your dog’s teeth every day; you can use a variety of teeth cleaning products such as dental spray or gel and dental probiotics. The PSCPets Dental Care Kit covers all your bases. However, if you are dealing with un-natural bad dog breath, you will want to take a trip to your vet to make sure there aren't an underlying issues causing the bad breath.
Dog Grooming Tip #3 - Nail Clipping
If you bring your dog to the veterinarian or groomer regularly, chances are their nails are clipped for you. However, if you go long periods of time without going to the vet you may have to learn to trim your dog’s nails yourself. Most dogs need monthly nail trims, but this also depends on the breed and rate of growth. Dogs usually do not enjoy nail trims so it is important to keep your dog calm so you can do it without hurting him. To avoid injury, never clip your dog’s nails until you have been taught by a professional.
Dog Grooming Tip #4 - Bathing
Dogs need a bath at least once a month, but may need more depending on their lifestyle and environment. Make sure to use a shampoo that is intended for dogs. It may be hard to get your dog used to taking regular baths at first, but they will get used to it eventually.
Dog Grooming Tip #5 - Ear Cleaning
Some dog breeds are more prone to ear problems than others, hence the reason why ear care is so important. Bacteria and yeast will thrive in the ears if they are not kept clean. There are a variety of products that can be used to clean a dog’s ears. It is advisable to talk to a veterinarian to decide which products and techniques are best for your dog.
There you have it, five dog grooming tips to keep your dog's fur, teeth, ears and nails healthy!