Dog grooming tips and ticks
Knowing the dog grooming tips and ticks is a critical element of caring for your dog; it can vary greatly depending on your dog’s coat, age, and the area in which you live. Here’s an overview:
It’s your liability to maintain your dog clean, but which grooming tools you’ll require depends on your dog breed or combination of breeds and whether or not you decide to hire a groomer or make it by yourself. At first, at least make sure you have a good bristle brush to keep your dog’s coat tangle free.
Here are some tools that you may want for grooming your dog:
- Shampoo that is suitable for the species and age of your dog, puppies require gentle shampoo and all young dogs need products don’t contain harsh pesticides.
- To create a fine lather, you need a small bucket or Large cup containing water.
- balls of cotton.
- Ear Cleaner.
- product for Parasite-control: Take advise from your vet about what is needed for your dog fleas, mites, ticks.
- Brush: There are many styles to select from rake, pin, mitt, slicker or curry.
- Metal comb.
- Nail trimmers: Select the best size for your dog’s nails.
- Nail file: Some dogs will sleep through filing their toenail.
- Styptic powder: You can use it if you accidentally cut a nail too short.
- Ophthalmic ointment: You will use it in the dog’s eyes to protect them from debris and shampoo.
It’s very important to keep your dog’s nails short which is the first thing of dog grooming tips and ticks. Not only can they scratch you and your furniture, but they can also snag on the carpet or even make it difficult for your dog to walk. However, cutting them appropriately can be tricky—cut too deep and you can cause your dog a lot of pain and excessive bleeding.
If you want to do it yourself, ask your groomer or veterinarian to show you how to do so correctly. Once you learn the proper technique, teach your dog to have a good association with having her nails trimmed. For instance, show her the nail clipper and allow her to smell it, then touch the nail trimmer to her nail, and then put the trimmer around it. Go slowly! Reward your dog after each small step if she behaves calmly, gradually working up to being able to cut the nail. She will learn to tolerate getting her nails trimmed in no time!
Brushing your dog’s teeth is the 2nd thing of dog grooming tips and ticks. We all know how important it is to brush our own teeth. Well, why would dogs be any different? It is recommended to brush your pet’s teeth daily. Doing so not only helps keep her breath fresh but also helps prevent periodontal disease (gum disease), which is common among dogs and, when left unchecked, has been associated with serious problems such as heart, liver, or kidney disease.
Pick up a dog toothbrush or a finger brush from a pet supply store. Don’t use human toothpaste, as it contains high- foaming detergents that a dog could swallow or inhale—they don’t know to spit it out! Instead, experiment with different flavors of dog toothpaste until you find one your dog likes.
Also, make sure your dog has plenty of dental treats and soft toys to chew on as well as quality food—some products marked as “dental diets” include plaque- and/or tartar-reduction ingredients. Talk to your vet about the best food and treats for your dog based on her dental and other health needs.
The American Veterinary Dental College recommends that you ask your vet about plaque and tartar preventative options that can avert periodontal disease. Also, contact her if you notice signs of dental disease such as loose or discolored teeth, bad breath, any bleeding or sensitivity in the mouth, drooling, dropping food, and a loss of appetite or weight. During your dog’s wellness exams—or during any vet visit, for that matter —your vet should also examine your dog’s mouth to make sure it looks healthy.
Checking the Eyes
Checking the dog’s eyes is the 3rd thing of dog grooming tips and ticks. It’s important to regularly look into your dog’s eyes as a way of communicating with her. When you do so, if you notice any gunk buildup in the corners, wipe it away with a moist cotton ball.
Make sure your dog’s hair doesn’t fall into her eyes, which can certainly irritate them. Call your vet if you notice any signs of an eye infection such as redness, cloudiness, excessive discharge, crusting, squinting, or a visible third eyelid (yes, dogs have three!)
If your dog has rusty-looking tearstains at the corner of her eyes, which can be particularly noticeable on white dogs, first visit your vet to determine a possible cause such as allergies or issues with the tear ducts. Then, if the stains bother you, talk to your vet about various options—for instance, pet supply stores carry products that you can sprinkle on your dog’s food to possibly clear up the stains.
Cleaning the ears
Cleaning the dog ears is the 4th thing of dog grooming tips and ticks. You should clean your dog’s ears once a week, you’ll need cotton balls and a cleaning solution (ask your vet which one he recommends for your dog). Dab the outside of the ear-flap and then, with a new cotton ball, slowly work your way into the ear, stopping whenever you feel any resistance.
If you notice that the cotton balls get very dirty, that could be a sign of an ear infection, so take your dog in for a medical exam. Other signs of an infection include discharge, crusting, an odor in the ear, redness, and swelling.
Also, if your dog is scratching her ear a lot or rubbing it on the floor or other surfaces, or if she seems off balance, schedule an appointment to make sure everything is okay. She may have ear mites, a parasitic infection that can cause inflammation and irritation in the ear.
Brushing the coat
Brushing the dog coat is the 5th thing of dog grooming tips and ticks. Some dogs need to be brushed every day to prevent matting and excessive shedding, others every few weeks or even less frequently. It’s important to use the correct kinds of combs and brushes; your vet or a professional groomer can help you choose. Long-haired dogs may require a slicker brush and a bristle brush, while those with a smooth, short coat may need a bristle brush and a rubber brush.
You’ll find that while some dogs love being brushed, others hate every second of it. If your dog falls into the latter category, go slowly. For example, first let your dog sniff the brush, then gently touch her with it, and work your way up to stroke her with the brush once. Reward every step of the way. Also, while you’re brushing, check for fleas, flea dirt (flea droppings that look like little black specks), ticks, any lesions, irritated areas, or other issues with your dog’s skin that may require medical attention. Always be gentle!
Bathe your dog
Bathing your dog is the 6th thing of dog grooming tips and ticks. Some experts recommend bathing dogs weekly; others suggest less often, such as monthly. This is truly a matter of preference and lifestyle—for instance, if your dog sleeps in bed with you, you’ll probably want to make extra sure she’s clean and debris free.
You can bathe your dog in a regular bathtub or a small portable plastic tub; some people even take their dogs into the shower with them! The key is to not get any water or shampoo in your dog’s ears, eyes, or nose; don’t just dump water on her head.
You might want to carefully put cotton balls in your dog’s ears to play it extra safe. Also, always use mild shampoos specifically designed for dogs; talk to your vet or groomer about which one is best for your dog.
Lastly, if you are giving your dog regular baths—say, weekly—make sure her skin doesn’t become irritated or flaky, which can be a sign that it’s drying out; if that happens, either cut back on baths or choose a moisturizing shampoo that will help keep your dog’s skin soft.
Make bath-time easier with these simple steps:
1- Place a towel in the empty, dry tub to give your dog secure footing. Toss a
treat in there, and encourage him to jump in after it. Repeat this several times.
2- Run a trickle of water with the drain open.
3- Gradually let the water level rise with your dog in the tub. Distract him with
4- Giving treats during the bath never hurts. Some dogs will be too anxious to
eat the treats, which is normal.
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