Caring For Your Dog’s Grooming Needs

If you have a dog, it’s your responsibility to make sure that all of their needs are met. Not only does this include taking them in for regular veterinarian checkups and ensuring they are up-to-date on vaccinations, feeding them, watering them, exercising them and keeping them warm and safe, but it also includes making sure they are properly groomed. For some dogs, pet grooming is crucial to their health and well-being; it prevents tangles in the fur, problems with their ears and other issues. This article will educate you on the different areas of concern with regards to grooming your dog.

Caring for their nails

Unless your dog spends a lot of time outside where they run on pavement or spend their time digging in the dirt, they will need your help keeping their nails trimmed. You can buy different styles of dog nail clippers, some allow you to put the nail into the guide and others allow you to gently grind the nail down.

When you trim a dog’s nails, you need to be sure you don’t go down to the quick; this is the part of the nail that contains blood and nerves. To avoid this, you should only take the tip off. You should make sure you have a special powder with you that helps stop the bleeding if you do take a nail down too far. You can purchase this powder from the vet, at a pet store or at a pet supply store.

Caring for their ears

You want to make sure you keep an eye on your dog’s ears, especially if they have ears that flop over. When you look in your dog’s ears, they should be clean. If they have what looks like coffee grounds in their ears, they may have ear mites. If your dog has a foul smell to their ears then this can also indicate ear mites or it can also suggest an ear infection.

To clean your dog’s ears you want to take a cotton ball and apply a small amount of ear cleaning solution to it. Reach down in their ears and gently rub upward, so you don’t push dirt further down into their canal. If you notice any problems with their ears or they have been scratching them or shaking their head then you should have them examined by their veterinarian to rule out ear problems, such as mites, infection or the possibility of something being down them.

Caring for their fur

If your dog has short fur, then bathing and weekly brushing should be fine. If they have long fur, they require more work. Along with regular bathing and possibly daily brushing, they may also need to have their fur shaved so it doesn’t get out of control.

Shaving a dog is tedious and time consuming. It also requires some knowledge regarding following the proper technique for that breed. You may want some areas to be longer than others. You also need to be careful you don’t shave them too closely or you can give them razor burn on their sensitive skin. Taking your dog into a professional groomer endures they are getting the right cut for their breed. Also, some dogs will fight against being shaved and professional groomers know how to work around this. They can also take care of the ears and nails at the same time so you don’t have to.

Now that you have more information on how to care for your dog’s grooming needs, you will understand why many people choose to leave it to the professionals.