Did you know that not dog grooming regularly can lead to a large variety of health problems? Hair loss, maggot infestations, skin lesions, hot spots, mange, skin infections, conjunctivitis (eye irritation), ear infections, ear mites and even constipation are all health conditions caused by failure to groom.
Before I go on to tell you some really handy tips, I wanted to share with you that dog grooming is sometimes no easy task, some people dedicate a good portion of their day to make sure their best friend is nice and clean. Others rather leave it to the professionals and that is great too!
Make sure you pick a local groomer with an good rating which you can do from the link below:
Dog owners are shocked when their veterinarian informs them that their dog’s health condition could have been prevented with simple dog grooming. Learn the importance of dog grooming, what you can do and tips to take home.
So, with that said… on to the tips! Dog grooming is important to every dog, no matter the breed. Although it is true, your greyhound may not require the same grooming needs as a Lhasa apso, each dog requires the same basic care needs.
Keep your dog dry.
- Parasites, flies, skin lesions and infections are all attracted to moisture accompanied by warmth. Your dog’s wet skin is the ideal location for these fungi, bacteria and fly maggots to thrive, therefore all dogs must keep dry.
- Dogs which become wet after a rain storm, hot day or bath should be dried thoroughly as soon as possible. Most dogs tolerate towel drying and a few will allow owners to use standardized hair blowers.
Keep long hair trimmed.
- Constipation, conjunctivitis and ear infections can all be caused by long hair. Long hair around the anus will become matted, blocking fecal matter from excreting from the body. Long hair around the eyes causes the eye to water, crust up and are deprived sight. Long hair around the ears traps in moisture and provides a pleasant home for ear mites.
- Trim hair around eyes, ears, mouth and anus to prevent any of these health conditions. Most dogs will allow handheld scissors to be used to trim hair by a person they trust. Dog which do not tolerate use of a scissor may require a trip to the groomers.
Brush and Bath Your Dog.
Brushing and bathing your dog is something that is done as needed. Brushing your dog should take place on a daily to weekly basis and bathing your dog should be every two to four weeks. Dogs which have long hair and those which enjoy the mud, will of course require more attention.
Important Tips of Dog Grooming:
Hair Drying Tip:
Do not use a heated hair dryer. Heated hair dryers can dry out or burn the dog’s skin.
Always know your dogs breed when it comes to grooming. Each dog breed has a different type and texture of hair. Make educated choices when deciding to trim or shave your dog.
Dogs require more oil on their skin than people and even the gentlest human shampoo can be too harsh. Do not use dish soap to wash your dog.
I, personally, like to use an oatmeal bath based shampoo that you can pick up pretty much anywhere they sell dog products.
Always use a soft bristled brush to brush a short haired dog. Curry combs and steel brushed are meant for long haired dogs and can irritate your dog’s skin.