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Basic Dog Grooming

August 2, 2016

By Cindy Orris

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.

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