Prospective dog owners should look beyond the adoption process and ensure that they have all the equipment needed to help maintain their new dog’s optimum health and hygiene requirements.
Keeping Rover Well Groomed
Dog grooming is an essential element in every maintaining a dog’s health. Grooming helps owners identify potential health problems, such as fleas, as well as allowing owners and dogs to bond during a grooming session. Professional dog grooming can also help to keep your dog looking and feeling in tip-top condition.
Daily brushing of the coat, along with frequent baths, will help remove tangles, keep your dog’s fur clean, and easier to manage. Each dog breed is different, which is why you should learn as much as you can on your particular breed of dog to find out how to comb, brush and bathe your dog properly. Consult a pet stylist or a book on dog grooming to learn more about how to maintain your dog’s coat.
Dog’s ears, especially those with long floppy ears, may need to have their ears cleaned more frequently with a special pet ear cleaning solution that can be obtained from your local pet shop. Get into the habit of checking your dog’s ears for redness, frequent itchiness, a heavy build up of wax or other symptoms that are troubling you. The vet will be able to check your dog’s ears for infection.
Dogs that are healthy have bright, clear eyes, with no sign of discharge. Check your dog’s eyes for redness, unusual swelling or a runny discharge. Some breeds of dog are more prone to eye problems and infections than others, so use a damp cotton wool ball to clean your dog’s eyes. If the problem persists, consult your vet.
Clean Teeth and Nails
“Doggy breath” develops early on in a dog’s life, but with regular tooth brushing, your beloved dog will greet you have minty fresh breath, and healthier gums instead. Regular nail trimming is also important for you and your dog. Not only will trimmed nails prevent you from being scratched during horseplay, but neatly trimmed nails will also prevent Rover from injuring himself if he has an itch.
A well groomed dog will look and feel good. Brush your dog’s coat each day and give him a regular bath. Dog owners should also be mindful of the condition of their dog’s ears, eyes, teeth and nails.
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