Basic Tips for Grooming Your Dog
On top of good nutrition, good grooming is what makes a dog happy and healthy. You and your pet can both enjoy the various benefits of grooming, whether you do it at the spa, in your vet’s clinic or at home. When done right and often, you even have another way of bonding with your beloved.
The following are tips that can help you groom your dog lovingly and with perfect sense:
Brushing your dog’s coat eliminates dirt, debris, dead hair and unwelcome odors from the hair and skin. Also, it makes the coat shinier and healthier as the natural oils are spread out. You have to follow this up with combing using a metal comb, so you can dig down into the skin’s surface and find any matts that might be forming. Do press lightly, however, especially if your dog tends to be sensitive.
Daily Tooth Brushing
It’s ideal to brush your dog’s teeth once a day, but even if you do it only twice or thrice a week, that already makes a big difference. However, stick to human toothpaste because dogs can’t spit, and human toothpaste can contain ingredients that can harm them. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, dental sprays and dental chew treats can come in handy.
Trimming the Nails
Just like humans, there are dogs who grow their nails faster than the rest. Some need trimming every six weeks, while others need it twice a month. If this is hardly a task you enjoy, just take your dog to the pros, either at a dog spa or a vet clinic.
Cleaning the Ears
All dogs need at least a monthly ear clean. But if your dog has bigger or longer ears than usual, he may need it more often. There are commercially available dog ear cleaning solutions, but online, you will find lots of “home recipes” that use ingredients like vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
Washing the Face
Dog breeds, such as bulldogs and shar peis, have faces full of skin folds or wrinkles. Moisture can accumulate in these areas, leading to bacterial growth, dermatitis and potential infection.. Hence, these areas should always be kept clean and dry. Even eye goop can build up, turn crusty and cause irritation around the corners of the eyes.
Lastly, if your pup looks gorgeous but doesn’t smell as great, make it a habit to give him regular baths. There’s a ton of dog shampoos and towelettes in every store. Some products even include moisturizers and conditioners that enhance the beauty of your dog’s coat.