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How to Keep Your Dogs in Tip-top Shape

| Articles | July 24, 2012

Grooming represents a very vital element in any dog’s life. It’s the best way to protect your dogs from getting sick. In short it’s the basic means for you to keep them in good physical shape. Other than that, it is also a good way of spending some quality time with your pet.

But how important is dog grooming? What are the things you should do to keep your dog clean? Is there a certain procedure you have to follow in grooming your dogs? How often would you groom your dogs? You will know all the answers to these questions when you read this article.

It is important that you groom your dogs regularly. The term “regularly” means that you do the dog grooming as it should be and as often as needed. Grooming your pet only implies that you’re concerned with his health. Pets are also like humans who need special care and attention. When you know that your dog is dirt free and well-groomed, then you can say that he’s in good shape.

Here are some pointers on how you can take good care of your dog’s overall hygiene:

1. Bathing

Bathing your dogs should not be done everyday for this can dry the skin of your pet. And once the skin of your dog becomes dry it will become susceptible to bacterial infections and hot spots. It is best if you will bathe your dogs using an aloe-based shampoo. Coat conditioners are also advisable. When bathing your pet, make sure that no water or soap gets in his eyes and ears. It is suggested that you clean the face with a sponge or washcloth.

2. Brushing.

Brushing your dog’s coat regularly is essential to keep the coat free from dirt and any infection. Experts recommend that you brush the coat by gently brushing at the head first, then down to the tail and legs. Follow the hair growth in brushing. By means of brushing the coat of your pet regularly, you would be able to keep his coat healthy and shiny all the time. What is being recommended by experts is to brush the coat several times week.

3.Trimming the nails.

In trimming the nails of your dogs, it is best to use clippers that are specifically designed for dogs. It is not advisable to use ordinary scissors for trimming the nails of your pet. When trimming, it would be best if you cut the nails after the dog’s bath. Cut the nail by holding the paw firmly. Then cut the nail in a single stroke. File the dog’s nail after trimming.

4. Cleaning the ears.

To prevent the dog from getting sick, you also need to clean his ears. A dog’s ear is considered to be infection-free if it is light pink in color. Clean the ears with a swab of cotton but be careful in doing this. If you see any sign of infection, then you should take your dog to a veterinarian.

5. Brushing the teeth.

Dental care is also of the essence in maintaining your dog’s good health. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Make use of a veterinary toothpaste. This toothpaste is specially designed for your pet. It comes in different flavors that suit your pet’s taste. Never use human toothpaste or a baking soda in brushing the teeth of your buddy for they may lead to some dental health problems.

Overall, proper grooming is very important in keeping your buddy healthy and active. Regular grooming is required so as to prevent any health problem. Ask the advice of a veterinarian to know more about the dos and don’ts in dog grooming. You can also check out the Internet for more Cincinnati dog grooming information. Remember that grooming your dogs by the book is the best way to show how much you care for them.

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