Some Dog Grooming Tips That May Help
Grooming, is an important part in your pets care.
Dogs need to be cleaned thoroughly from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. So this includes the ears, teeth, coat, and nails.
An ear infection can be very painful to your dog and can sometimes lead to permanent hearing loss. Ear care is one to prioritize. To know if your dog is suffering from ear infection, look out for the signs of odor, redness or swelling, head shaking, and constant scratching.
To clean your dog's ear, take a cotton ball, put a small amount of mineral oil or warm water on it and clean the flaps and the opening of the canal.
It is a good idea to check your dog's ears twice a month. The inside flaps should be pale pink. Watch out for any black, brown or red skin inside the flaps and ears. If you spot some, it could be advisable to take your dog to a veterinarian to have it checked out.
Clean your dog's teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush at least 2 times a week. Use toothpaste especially formulated for dogs. Tooth brushing will prevent cavity build up and prevent periodontal disease. Dog toothpaste is available widely on dog supply shops. You may also want to seek a veterinarian's help on cleaning your dog's teeth.
The frequency of brushing and trimming varies depending on the breed of dog you own.
For dogs with long, thick, coarse or straight coat, daily brushing and frequent trimming is required.
Dogs with a smooth coat require weekly brushing. They can be washed occasionally. Dogs with this type of coat are Dachshunds, Labradors, and Dobermans. They tend to be some of the easiest dogs to groom.
Dogs with a wiry coat have dense, stiff hair that require daily grooming. This will prevent matt build up.
Short coat dogs - German Shepherds and Welsh Corgis - require at least twice a week of brushings. Dogs of these kinds may have straight surface, thick hair combined with downy, profuse, and water resistant hair near the skin.
Dogs like Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Irish Water Spaniels, and Kerry Blue Terriers are distinct on having extremely waterproof and non-shedding coat. Bathing and clipping may be done twice a month.
Silky coat dogs like the Yorkshire Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Rough Collies and Afghan hounds, require daily grooming, a lot of care, and regular trimming.
Keeping the nails clean is another important dog grooming practice. You can use either scissor style nail clippers or the guillotine style clipper.
Bathing frequency depends on the breed of your dog. Dogs don’t need to take a bath everyday. This is because they would lose the natural oil needed in keeping their coat shiny and clean. The normal bathing would be twice a month. Make sure you brush the coat to avoid tangles. Use a rubber mat to keep your dog from slipping. Use warm water and dog shampoo and conditioner. Rinse your dog thoroughly and dry him/her with a towel or hair dryer.
The dog in the image to the right is one of our dogs - Monty is a Mareema.