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It’s important to start early grooming your dog and to make it a daily habit as part of a lifetime commitment to quality dog care. Some of the basic areas of dog grooming are as follows:

Ear cleaning
    •    Use an ear cleaner for dogs to loosen dirt, then wipe with a cotton balls or baby wipes.
    •    Make this a weekly event for most dogs, or a daily event for floppy-ear dogs, or dogs that do a lot of swimming.
    •    Some breeds that have a lot of ear hair may need to have it removed to provide good airflow and reduce chances of infection and ear mites.
    •    If you see redness, excessive buildup or smell an odor, see your veterinarian immediately.

Brushing teeth

    •    Use a toothbrush, finger brush and toothpaste made for dogs and remember dog’s gums are more sensitive then ours, and human toothpaste can make a dog sick.
    •    For dogs that will not permit brushing, try giving them bones to chew on, but also check for tartar build up and swollen gums and, if needed, schedule a dental cleaning with your veterinarian. 

Trimming nails

    •    Make this a weekly event and just clip the tip of the nail. Try not to go any longer than a month in-between nail trimmings.
    •    If you are unable to trim the dog’s nails, seek professional help from a groomer or your veterinarian. Don’t allow the nails to grow too long or the dog may develop problems walking and standing.

Coat Care

    •    Some dog breeds need more brushing than others; some will need regular grooming from a professional groomer.
    •    Get into a routine of brushing your dog weekly.  It’s a great way to develop a bond with your dog and also become aware of any problems that may develop such as sores, lumps, fleas, ticks, coat matting etc.

Bathing dogs

    •    Use a PH balance shampoo (preferably tearless) made for dogs.
    •    It is an individual preference how often to bath a dog.
    •    Use care around ears, eyes and nose.
    •    Check anal glands.  If you notice they are impacted, have the dog checked by your veterinarian. 

2 commentaires :

  1. Knowing how to properly groom your dog at home can save you time, money and the hassle of a dog feeling uneasy being around someone else. There are some very basic guidelines to follow when grooming your dog at home. We will discuss specifically just the ears and teeth.

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  2. It's interesting that you should start early grooming your dog. My wife and I just got a little Maltese-poodle puppy. He's pretty clean, like most brand new puppies. From what you said, though, it sounds like we should start brushing his teeth and bathing him. I also think that the ear cleaning thing sounds like a good idea. I'd hate for him to get an infection.