4 Factors That You Should Focus on When Grooming Your Dog
Just as we humans take care of our personal health, it is important for you to be responsible for your dogs grooming routine. Contrary to popular belief, dog grooming does not only relate to keeping your dog’s coat clean and shiny. Grooming is a broad term that can also relate to the care and maintenance of teeth, ears, nails and eyes.
If you are in any doubt of how to take care of your dogs grooming, visit your vet or a grooming professional who will be able to take care of it for you. However, there are plenty of things you can learn to do at home to keep your dog fit and healthy.
As animal’s eyes are so delicate, it is not advised that you treat any eye problems your dog may have yourself. However, there are ways you can help prevent your dog from suffering with an eye complication. Make sure they are eating a nutrient rich diet, as this will help build up their immune system, making them less susceptible. If your dog has something in their eye following a walk (a bit of grass, for example) wash their eye with clean water to try and remove it. Your dog may have a more serious eye problem if their eye has gone cloudy or if they are always pawing at it, so keep a lookout for this behavior.
If you are walking your dog regularly, or if you have hard surfaces in your home, chances are you dog may never need his claws clipping. But, if you notice that their nails have become a bit long, it may be time for a trim. Of course, if you or your dog are particularly stressed about the procedure, your vet will be happy to help. If not, you can buy a special dog nail clipper along with many other grooming tools for your dog online or in stores. Make sure to reward with a treat afterwards!
Dogs are very prone to ear infections. In fact, most dogs will suffer with one at least once in their life. Most are caused by bacteria, although ear mites can be common in younger dogs and puppies. If you suspect your dog has an ear infection (common signs are pawing at the ear or a swollen ear) take them to the vet. Your vet will be able to determine what bacteria is present and what treatment is needed. Usually, you will need to clean your dog’s ear with a gentle cleanser before using vet-prescribed medication.
Your dog’s coat can be its crowning glory, but that’s only if it’s kept in good condition. If your dog has long hair, brush it regularly to avoid knots and matting. Brushing is beneficial to your dog as it also helps stimulate the skin into producing healthy natural oils to care for the coat. It can also be therapeutic for you pet and strengthen the bond between the two of you. Bathing is also important for your dog – although not every dog is a fan of bath time!