Grooming Tips for a Healthy Dog
It is very important to groom a dog. Grooming follows after the dog is well fed and exercised. If you feed and groom a dog properly not only will it be healthy but also very attractive. It is very nice for a dog owner to have a good looking dog. Many people however opt to wait for very long before grooming their dogs. Following this trend is not good. Groom the dog regularly even if it is small steps at a time.
So what are the main aspects of grooming a dog? Well, the first one is brushing of the dog. The fur of a dog requires regular brushing. The size of the coat should determine how often brushing is done. Short coated dogs can be brushed weekly. You can use rubber brushes and bristle ones on short coated dogs. Long coats should however be brushed more regularly. The fact that long coats do tangle means that slicker brushes are ideal for brushing them.
Brushing is the ideal time for checking for tick infestation on the dog’s coat. Ticks should be prevented using a good method of choice. You should not forget to brush the tail and feet. This is important since many people have been known to overlook them yet they are prime places for ticks and fleas to hide. Tick prevention for dogs should be done if any traces of ticks are found.
One should bath a dog at regular intervals. The frequency of bathing a dog depends on factors such as weather conditions and activities that the dog is involved in. Bathing a dog begins with brushing them before using lukewarm water to actually start the bathing process. Irritation of the skin should be minimized by using dog shampoo. The dog can be well distracted using toys for easy bathing. Rinse the dog well after bath to avoid irritation. Low heat blow dryers can also be used to dry the dog. It is at the bathing stage that you can observe ears in a bid to notice any infection.
Many people ignore nail trimming of dogs. This should ideally be done once a week or when you notice they have grown too long. Most dogs hate nail cutting processes hence the need to give them treats each time you do it. Hold the foot gently but steadily when cutting the nails. Ensure to cut a small part of the nail only and stop if you notice you have cut a spongy part. If you cut a spongy part, stop the bleeding using nail cauterizers or styptic powder. If these grooming tips are observed your dog will be healthier, happier and will be noticeable in public.