3 Groovy Dog Grooming Tips
Grooming is important to the health and well-being of your dog. Pay attention to hair, ears, and nails to keep your pet healthy!
Brushing is important to keep your dog free from matting and infections. This is especially true with breeds such as Poodles, Shih Tzus, and Yorkies whose hair grows similar to humans. This means that their hair keeps growing and requires consistent care to avoid uncomfortable tangles and matting, especially after getting wet.
Hint: There are many safe and chemical-free hair shampoo and care products on the market.
Avoid hard brushing when using brushes with stiff bristles and make sure to comb gently to avoid hurting your pet. Many vets suggest that you keep rubber bands, hair bows, or clips off your pet as these items can pull at the dogs hair and cause pain.
Dogs with short hair also need attention. Many owners mistakenly believe that short haired dogs such as Dalmatians, boxers, pugs, and beagles don’t shed. However, short haired breeds loose more hair than many others since shorter hair dies quicker and sheds.
Dogs with ear problems are very uncomfortable and often in pain. If your dog’s ears are red or pink, have a bad smell, or show discharge, it is time for a visit to the vet. Dogs ears need to be cleaned of excess wax or dirt. For regular cleaning in healthy dogs, gently swab your dogs ears with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol-free ear cleaner.
Hint: Groomers can remove overgrowth of hair in certain breeds to avoid infection.
Most people prefer to have their pets nails trimmed by a groomer or the vet. This is especially important if your pet has paw or nail problems, or if you are not able to adequately complete the task. Dogs have nails similar to ours. However, if you cut into the “quick” portion of the nail, it will cause quite a lot of bleeding and will be painful to your dog.
Hint: Ask your vet to show you the proper way to trim your dog’s nails.