As a dog parent, you have probably been faced with the decision on whether or not to groom your beloved furbaby. Everyone knows that there is nothing quite like snuggling up to a decent smelling pup. However, what happens if you have a dog that enjoys rolling in the dirt? Or maybe your dog has a nasty habit of rolling in unpleasant places that leave a lingering odor? Consistent grooming not only keeps your doggy smelling fresh, but it also maintains the important basics like nail trimming and tooth brushing as well.
Proper dog grooming is much more than just the occasional dog bath and once a month tooth cleaning session. In order to keep your dog healthy and clean, it is important to care for their teeth, ears, nails and paws. Here, we will take a look at the basics for developing a simple and easy to follow grooming routine that is sure to keep your dog feeling (and smelling) oh so fresh!
Bathing Your Dog:
If you have a dog that tends to be on the oily side, you may want to consider bathing them at least once a week. This will keep their fur and skin from oil buildup which can lead to smells, dandruff and even skin cysts. Otherwise, a full bathing session can occur once a month or every other week. When bathing time rolls around, be sure to select a spot that provides a calm and easy to navigate environment. Whether you choose to complete the task outdoors or indoors, be prepared for lots of water and lots of fur.
Select a pet friendly shampoo- human shampoo should not be used as it could cause skin irritation, burning of the eyes, or internal discomfort if consumed. When scrubbing, be sure to pay attention to the areas where fur is thicker. Be sure to avoid getting soap and water near the ears, eyes or nose. Depending on your pet’s preference, use a towel or a blow dryer on low heat to speed up the drying process.
Brushing Your Dog
Depending on your pet’s fur length, select a brush that is soft bristled and unlikely to pull or tangle fur. Always brush in a downward motion and avoid brushing the fur in the opposite direction of growth, as this could lead to discomfort or pain. Brushing your pet’s fur consistently will decrease the amount of shedding and will help to keep the old growth from collecting in areas where mats or tangles can take place. If you have a short haired dog, frequent brushing is not necessary- unless your doggy is one who enjoys the process.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Brushing your dog’s teeth is a very important part of dental health and overall well-being. Consistent brushing can reduce the possibility of plaque buildup, which commonly leads to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. To check out some fantastic tips for brushing your dog’s teeth, check out this post for our tips on proper K9 Dental Care.
Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
A dog’s nails should maintained frequently in order to ensure continued comfort. Overgrown nails can cause discomfort and even pain for a pup. Dogs vary in their nail trimming preferences, so be sure to listen and pay attention to what your dog prefers. If your pup is comfortable with you doing the trimming yourself, be sure to select a nail trimmer that is effective and suiting for your pet’s size. You can check out an excellent guide for trimming your dog’s nails HERE. However, if you dog is sensitive to nail trims, you may want to bring them to a professional groomer or nearby clinic. This can make the process less stressful on you and your K9.
With proper grooming, cleaning and care- your dog will feel and smell more pleasant. K9s love physical contact and you can even end a grooming session with a gentle massage or rub. These are the perfect moments to bond with your pup and they are sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into making them feel clean and fantastic. Use these times to inspect your pet for any growths or abnormalities as well. Be sure to contact your veterinarian with any questions or concerns you may have.