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Doggone Good Grooming

Keep your dog healthy with regular grooming.

You love the way your dog looks, smells, and feels after a good grooming. But for your pet, grooming is more than just getting a bath and hair cut. It’s about good health. Responsible dog owners spend time grooming their pet. Some dogs require daily grooming, while others only need it every few months. But they all need it.

How frequently your dog needs to be groomed depends on the pooch’s breed, age, and health. Just how does grooming keep dogs healthy and what does proper grooming entail?

Why Groom?

A lot of folks love the idea of having a dog, but they hate the thought of having to groom their canine companion. However, regular attention to your dog’s hair, eyes, ears, nails, and teeth helps keep your pup healthy and looking great. Grooming decreases the chance your dog will develop certain health conditions such as thrush, infections, and other skin problems. It also helps keep your dog clean.

CHeaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. - Mark Twain

Additionally, grooming is a way to inspect your dog for cuts, swelling, lumps, lameness, parasites, and general temperament. Being familiar with your dog’s body and personality will increase the chance you’ll identify potential any potential problem before it develops into something worse. And if you groom you dog yourself, it’s a great way to spend time together and strengthen your bond. Dog is supposed to be man’s best friend, but all friendships require time.

Five Parts of Grooming

Ready to get grooming? There are five items that should be on your to-do list.

1. Fur/Hair

Fur and hair are essentially the same thing. If a dog has fur that grows quickly, is typically curly, and doesn’t shed as much, then it is usually called hair.

Examples of such dogs include poodles, schnauzers, spaniels, and terriers. These dogs require more frequent grooming and trimming. Fur, on the other hand, is generally shorter, denser, and has a finer undercoat. Dogs with fur tend to shed more.

Whether your dog has fur or hair, brush the four-legged creature at least once a week to eliminate tangles, remove dead hair, and prevent matting. Bathe your dog at least once every three months and more often if dirty. But be careful. Bathing too frequently will dry out and irritate a dog’s skin. Before bathing, brush your pooch’s coat and remove any tangles and mats.

While brushing or bathing your dog, inspect for fleas or ticks. And not just on top of your dog’s hair. Go under the hair and look on the skin. If you find any bugs, remove them carefully and completely.

2. Eyes

Look into your dog’s eyes during grooming to check for redness, cloudiness, or irritation. If you notice any of these issues, inform your vet. Your dog’s eyes should be clear, shiny, and moist. To keep a dog’s eyes free from infection, trim the hair around the eyes.

3. Ears

Check your dog’s ears while you’re at it. Flip up each ear, inspecting and smelling them for any hints of damage or infection. They should be odor free, clean, and clear. If your dog is prone to ear infections, ask your vet for liquid ear cleaner.

4. Nails

Most dogs need their paw pads inspected and nails trimmed once a month. If a dog’s nails aren’t trimmed, they will curl over and cause walking to become painful for your pooch. They may even grow long enough to pierce the paw pad and cause pain and infection. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors may run around enough for their nails to wear down on their own. Regardless of how active your dog is, regularly check for overgrown nails.

When cutting your dog’s nails, do so very slowly so as not to cut into the quick (the area on their nail with blood vessels).

5. Teeth

Yes, dogs need their teeth brushed, too. For best care, aim to brush each day. If that’s unrealistic, brush them at least once a week. You can purchase pet toothpaste and a special brush that fits over your finger. Be gentle and move slowly to let your dog get used to the feel. If your dog is a small breed, use a Q-tip with toothpaste. Your dog’s dental health and breath will benefit greatly.

Covering these five areas during regular grooming will keep your pet primped and in optimal health and ensure the two of you are best friends for years to come!