Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Dog Care: Dog Grooming and Bathing Tips

Dog grooming is actually fairly simple and quick for many breeds, while for other dog breeds, bathing the dog and brushing the dog's undercoat can be very time consuming. For that dog owner who is stretched for time, consider tackling the next dog grooming tasks individually over the program of a few days.

Brush the dog

For short-haired dogs such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or Miniature Pinscher, brushing the dog's coat is going to be fairly simple. But for dog breeds with long fur or perhaps a thick undercoat, like a long-haired Chihuahua or perhaps a Siberian Husky, this dog grooming activity can be quite time consuming. Save time by purchasing the correct dog grooming equipment (i.e. an undercoat rake for any Siberian Husky, or a slicker brush for a Dog).

Express the dog's anal glands

Regular manual anal gland expression can help dogs to avoid impacted anal glands and abscessed anal glands. Dog groomers will most likely express a dog's anal glands as part of full-service grooming.

Bathe the dog

Place cotton balls within the dog's ears. Use a gentle moisturizing pet shampoo and follow with dog conditioner to assist improve a dog's dry, flaky skin. Rinse well to prevent a dog with itchy skin. Towel dry the dog's fur and brush the dog's coat. When the dog is a long-haired breed, avoid hair breakage by postponing brushing until following the dog's coat has dried.

Clean the dog's ears

Trim your hair inside the ears. Apply an ear cleaning means to fix a cotton swab and clean the outer part of the dog's ear. Saturate several cotton swabs and clean the nooks and crannies of the dog's ears. When cleaning a dog's ears, only clean areas which are visible to avoid ear injury.

Trim the dog's nails

Use traditional nail clippers or make use of a dremel-style nail file, like the Peticure pet nail trimmer. If using pet nail clipper scissors or guillotine-style nail clippers, make use of a coarse grain nail file to smooth sharp edges after clipping the dog's nails.

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