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Just as proper grooming is important for humans, it’s important to ensure that your dog remains healthy and is groomed
- Depending upon the breed of the dog, that is, long-haired or short-haired, regular brushing should be part of the grooming routine. This prevents the hairs from matting and ensures a continuous healthy coat.
- Bathing a dog is usually performed on a monthly basis. However, if you have a dog that lives outdoors, you may wish to bathe him more frequently.
- Be sure to use a special shampoo specifically made for dogs.
- While blow drying may be recommended for specific breeds, natural drying outdoors in spring and summer months is preferable, use a towel to take off excess water.
- Be sure to wash from front to back and not to apply any soap on the dog’s face. Use water instead. A dog can easily lose his scent if soap is applied to the nose.
- While bathing the dog, you can also check to determine if there are any lumps or bumps under the dog’s coat.
- Try not to get any water into his ears. Clean the ears with a cotton ball.
- Nail trimming is also a component of good grooming. However, one has to use the proper implementation and be careful not to cut the nails so much so that it begins to bleed. The rule of thumb is to just cut the tip of the nail. The vet can do this if you’d rather not or there are new electronic nail grinders available.
- Check the dog’s eyes to ensure they are clear. If you notice anything out of the ordinary such as mucus or swelling, take the dog to a vet. He may have developed conjunctivitis.
- Brushing a dog’s teeth is also important. This can be done once a week to ensure the dog doesn’t develop any dental problems. Use a toothpaste designed for dogs. Special dental chews can be bought if your dog won’t have his teeth cleaned.
- Another grooming tip which is essential in preventing fleas or ticks is to purchase a flea comb and use it on a daily basis, especially for dogs that spend most of their time outdoors.
- Check the pads under the dog’s feet to ensure there are no stones or thorns that may have become embedded there. If you notice your dog seems to be holding up one leg, there may be something that is irritating the paw.
Finally, a regular check-up at the veterinarian is essential in maintaining your dog’s health, this is usually yearly when your dog has a booster injection. If your dog is insured a booster is a must, or you won’t be covered.
While grooming will help keep him free of germs, mites, ticks, and fleas, these check-ups will ensure he is in good condition and if a case arises wherein he does develop any of the aforementioned problems, a vet can easily help you to attend to your beloved dog’s every need.