Pet Grooming tips for Your Dog
As a former Animal Health Technician, I know the importance of regular grooming not only for your dog, but for every animal you have.
- Depending on the type of dog you have, regular brushing may be only once a week or up to an hour every day. Obviously, dogs with short coats like the Greyhound and Bassett need less frequent brushing than those with long, fine fur such as Yorkshire Terriers and Afghans. Keep in mind that all dogs need regular brushing no matter how long or short their fur is. Brushing stimulates the oil glands in their skin and massages their muscles and so is essential to the good health of your pet.
- Many dogs also “blow” their coats twice a year. They get rid of their old dead undercoats and you can usually see it in the long coated breeds as tuffs of fur hanging off their body. This occurs usually in the fall and spring so you should schedule daily brushing while this lasts.
- The type of brush/ comb you use also will depend upon the dog you have. There are many types of brushes on the market and using the correct one will make the process more comfortable for your pet. If you are unsure about what type of tool to use, ask your local veterinarian, pet store or pet groomer.
- You usually will not need to trim nails more frequently than every two weeks. I prefer using a Dremel and sanding them down. When you begin to see the nail quick, stop. Different dogs grow their nails to different lengths. Dogs which need to use their nails for traction such as the Husky and Bernese Mountain Dog will grow longer and thicker nails than dogs such as Poodles and Labrador Retrievers and as such, you will never get real short nails on these types of dogs.
- Brush your dogs’ teeth once a day. Make sure to use toothpaste made for dogs since human toothpaste will damage your dog’s teeth. Use a soft toothbrush or simply rub the toothpaste over your dog’s teeth with your finger.
- While you are grooming your dog, look and feel for any unusual lumps or sores. You should also look and sniff your dog’s ears and check the eyes. Last but not least, don’t forget to check the anal glands. Do this when you do the nails.