Dog grooming is more than just maintaining your dog’s cleanliness and good looks. More than keeping your dog looking and smelling fresh, grooming is also about maintaining your dog’s, and even your, physical health. Grooming is a basic essential for dogs, as this may greatly affect the health of dogs.
Grooming also allows you to check for any abnormalities your dog may have, such as ticks and fleas on their skin, eye infections, or any issues with their ears, among many others. When these abnormalities or health issues are detected at an early stage, these may be treated immediately, before they have a greater chance of becoming more serious and problematic.
- EYES. Eye infections are big problems that we should prevent as much as possible. Dog eyes must always be kept clean. If you spot a yellowish discharge in the eyes area, consult your veterinarian immediately because this may be a sign of eye infection.
- EARS. It is suggested to clean the dog ears at least once a week. Use a cloth dampened with water or oil to get rid to the dirt inside the ears. It is also important to check for redness, inflammation, ticks, and unusual odors, for these may be symptoms of possible complications.
- TEETH. As early as possible, while your dogs are still puppies, already introduce teeth brushing as part of their care routine. Regularly brush your dog’s teeth and gums, to avoid common dental problems.
- BATH. Start off early in bathing your dog regularly. Regular, however, does not mean every day. A lot of dog owners over bathe their pets. According to Veterinarians, it is recommended to give dogs a bath only once every three months. Dogs that are more active and have long fur, obviously, should bathe more frequently. Over bathing can cause skin irritation and dryness, because the skin might flake and the coat become duller.
- HAIR. Regularly brushing your dog’s hair helps you discover anything unusual such as ticks, fleas, or any foreign object on the skin. When brushing, also look closely at the skin, for any cuts or sore spots that must be attended to.
- NAILS. Having long nails can be painful for you when dogs accidentally scratch you, and can also make it difficult and painful for your dog to walk. Clip off the tip of your dog’s toenails about every two (2) weeks when dogs are still little pups, and then check and trim, if already too long, nails of adult dogs every month.
Some dogs do not find grooming very enticing, especially when it comes to nail clipping and ear cleaning. Thus, it is better if you begin training your pet dog to endure (and enjoy!) grooming while he is still a little pup. This is particularly more important for long-haired dogs. Their long fur may entail more time to wash, brush, and trim, so it will be really helpful to start early, so they can get used to staying still for a longer period of time, and maybe also liking grooming.
Grooming is, indeed, important in maintaining your dog’s fresh and good looks and at the same time, taking care of his health. Bring your dog to the Vet. Better yet, groom him yourself at home, for extra bonding time! There are several dog grooming books online, and these will equip you with the necessary basic knowledge and skills needed for dog grooming. Affordable but good quality dog grooming products and grooming tools are also available online.