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Grooming Tips for a Healthy Dog
It is very important to groom a dog. Grooming follows after the dog is well fed and exercised. Grooming and feeding a dog well not only promotes good health but also makes the dog look attractive. The attractiveness of a dog gives the owner great satisfaction. To many people however grooming is done after very long time spells. This is not advisable at all. Groom the dog regularly even if it is small steps at a time.
So what entails grooming a dog? Well, the first one is brushing of the dog. Dogs have coats that should be brushed on a regular basis. Dog coats should however be brushed based on the size of the coat. In most cases, dogs with short coats can be brushed on weekly basis. Short coats can be brushed well using rubber brushes and bristle brushes consecutively. Long coats however require more specialized attention regularly. Tangling is common on long coats hence one should use slicker brushes on them.
At the time of brushing, a dog owner should also check for ticks. If you find ticks, use a good method of prevention and eradication. You should not forget to brush the tail and feet. Among ideal places for tick infestation are feet and tails. Ensure ticks are eradicated by using appropriate tick prevention for dogs methods.
A dog should be bathed regularly. Weather conditions and activities undertaken by the dog should guide intervals for dog bathing. Use lukewarm water to bath the dog after brushing the coat. Irritation of the skin should be minimized by using dog shampoo. Use bath toys to distract the dog during the bathing process. Ensure to rinse the dog so as to reduce chances of irritation of the skin. The use of low heat blow dryers for drying the dog is also recommended. It is at the bathing stage that you can observe ears in a bid to notice any infection.
One step in grooming a dog that is usually forgotten is nail trimming. Weekly trimming can be done as well as when there is need. Ensure to give the dog a treat after nail cutting since dogs hate nail cutting. Hold the foot gently but steadily when cutting the nails. Ensure to cut a small part of the nail only and stop if you notice you have cut a spongy part. Accidental cuts require the use of nail cauterizers or styptic powder to stop bleeding. Observation of the above given grooming tips lead to dogs being happy, healthy and attractive in public.