7 TIPS ON DOG GROOMING
Keeping our household clean and healthy is an important part of our daily lives. When we decide to welcome our furry friends into our homes, we want to make sure that they are part of this routine. These activities not only keep them clean and healthy, they also help us bond and create happy memories with our dogs so everybody wins.
We have put together an easy to follow list to ensure you are on top of caring for your furry mate.
How often you need to bathe your dog depends on the breed and length of their fur. Another factor to take into account is your dog's environment and how much time they spend outdoors. Your vet will be best fit to give you advice based on your dog's breed. The general rule of thumb with most breeds is that bathing once a month is most appropriate.
BRUSHING YOU DOG
Brushing your dog regularly not only keeps your dog looking lovely and clean, it helps remove dirt, removes mats, helps with shedding, spreads natural oils throughout their coat and helps keep their skin healthy. This time can also be used to check for any fleas. On top of this, it is a great time for bonding.
Long coat breeds will need to be brushed daily to ensure you avoid any tangling. A bristle brush works best for long hair breeds as they remove loose hair and don’t cause your dog any pain. However do use a comb to tangle out any mats.
Short coat breeds will only need brushing once a week as their coats don’t mat and tangle as easily. You may want to brush them more often to remove any loose fur. Use a rubber brush for smooth coats and a bristle brush for dense fur.
The best technique tips to follow are:
- Brush down and out and away from the dogs skin
- Brush in the direction that the coat grows
- Be gentle particularly with tangles
- Use detangling products if required
It is important to form a routine at home dental check for your furry friend. Regular brushing, a healthy diet and chew toys are the important elements that will make sure your dog has a healthy smile. This will go a long way to prevent dental plaque and tartar build up potentially causing gingivitis.
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We recommend brushing your dog's teeth two to three times a week with a toothbrush specifically designed for dogs. Ask your vet which toothpaste would be best for your breed of dog.
If you are concerned about any signs of disease in your furry friends mouth, we recommend you take them to a pet dentist right away.
Eye care is an important part of health care that you will have to do for your furry friend as they do not have a way of keeping their eyes clean. If your dog is pawing at its eye, has runny eyes or discharge, please see your vet as this could be a sign of an infection. Symptoms of an infection are as follows:
• Cloudiness in the eye
• Closed eyes
• Third eyelid
• Red or white eyelid linings
• Unequal pupils
Make it part of your weekly routine to check your dog’s eyes ensuring that their eyes are moist and clear. Your dog’s pupils should be equal in size and react to any light. They should also be able to hold their eyelids open, if they cannot then please see your vet. You will want to ensure that you keep all hair out of your dogs eyes as this can cause scratches to the cornea and interfere with their vision. Carefully trim the hair outside the eye using blunt-nosed scissors only.
When you perform your weekly eye check, gently wipe your dog’s eyes with a damp cotton ball as this will keep their eyes free from any gunk. Wipe outwards from the corner of the eye and ensure you do not touch their eyeball. PETBUZZ recommends NAS eye clear which helps against any irritation and dry eyes. Eye Clear both moistens and cleans their eyes from dirt, water and wind.
An extra point to note is that we recommend when driving with your furry friends in the car to drive with windows only half down as dirt can fly into their eyes and the wind can dry them out.
Your dogs paw pads are not only for walking but are also for protecting. Their paw pads provide extra cushioning to help protect their bones and joints from shock, help against extreme weather such as heat and help when walking on rough surfaces. Ensure that you check your dogs feet regularly, keeping an eye out for any wounds, infections or any objects which may have become lodged.
Some tips on keeping your dogs paws very well looked after are:
- Pedicures - Your dog's nails should touch the ground when they are walking. You shouldn’t be able to hear any clicking. Ask your vet for advice on how to trim your dog’s nails.
- Clean in between their toes
- Moisturize using dog only safe moistuiser such as Paw Biobalm
- Keep clean their paws clean using Paw Classic Care Shampoo
- Watch out for chapped paws in winter so moisturise as much as possiple
- Avoid walking your dog on hot pavements in the summertime
Ear care is another important part of caring for your dog and should be included in your weekly routine. This is particularly important for dogs with alot of inner ear hair and excessive earwax. You don’t need to clean your dog's ears too frequently or deeply as this can cause irritation.
Here’s how to clean your dog's ears:
- Reassure them with some gentle pats
- Clean them with a cotton ball and some Nas Ear Clear or Kleo Ear Cleaner
- Wipe away any debris or earwax when folding your dog's ear back
- Ensure you remove the dirt or earwax rather than rubbing it into the ear
- Reward with a praise and treat
Be sure to take your dog to the vet if you notice any of the following as they could be a sign of an infection:
- Ear scratching
- Bad smell
- Redness or Swelling
- Crusted or scabby skin
- Hair loss around the ear
- Wiping the ear area on any surface
- Head shaking or head tilt
- Loss of balance
- Unusual eye movements
- Walking in circles
- Hearing loss
A general rule of thumb for caring for your dogs nails is that they should be trimmed when they are just about to touch the ground when they walk. If your dog's nails are clicking on the floor then it is time for a trim. PETBUZZ recommends you do the following:
- Use nail clippers designed for dogs
- Ensure both you and your dog are comfortable
- Be gentle and reassure your dog
- Hold each paw as you clip and spread their toes
- Cut a little bit of the nail until you see the beginning of a circle appear on the cut surface. This circle indicates you are nearing the vein that runs into the nail and means you need to stop at this point.
- Once you have finished cutting your dog's nails, use an emery board to smooth any rough edges
- Reward your furry bestie with a treat for a job well done