Brushing Your Dog
Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet's hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free. Some breeds should be brushed every day. Some once a week. Brushing their hair stimulates their blood flow and will help with a healthier coat.
Bathing Your Dog
The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least once every three months, but some may require more frequent baths if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems. If you wash your dog more frequently, that's okay, just make sure you are using mild dog soap.
Here are some steps to help you get started.
- There's no right or wrong place to bathe them. Any tub, sink, shower, kiddle pool or hose will do.
- If you have a nervous dog, you can leave the collar on to help guide them or ask someone to help.
- Place cotton balls in the ears to prevent water (don't forget to remove them when you're done)
- For comfort, place a towel or yoga mat in the tub.
- Set the water temperature and wet them everywhere by using a bucket or jug to pour.
- Squirt a bit of dog formulated shampoo straight down down their back and scrub in gently.
- Rinse thoroughly, towel dry and wipe their face with a washcloth. Voila
Worried about the mess? Send them to a professional dog groomer (like us) so they can shake that water all over OUR place!
If your dog needs a haircut, DO NOT try it with your own scissors or razors - we've fixed countless home cut hairdos over the years, trust us, you'll want to leave that part to the professionals!
Regularly brushing your dog's teeth, along with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys, can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog's teeth. This can harden into tartar, potentially causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Many pooches show signs of gum disease by the time they're four years old because they aren't provided with proper mouth care. Grab a soft bristle tooth brush, dog tooth paste (NOT ONE MEANT FOR PEOPLE) and ease into this at a pace that your dog is comfortable.
Giving your pup regular home eye exams will help keep you alert to any tearing, cloudiness or inflammation that may indicate a health problem. First, face your dog in a brightly lit area and look into his eyes. They should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be white. The pupils should be equal in size and there shouldn’t be tearing, discharge or any crust in the corners of his eyes. With your thumb, gently roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white.
Your dog’s regular grooming routine should include regular ear checks. This is especially important for dogs who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair. Clean your dog's ears once a week. Get a gentle dog ear cleaner and a handful of cotton balls. Soak them, and put one into the outer parts of their ear, swirl it around and remove. Repeat until the cotton balls are coming out clean. Do not push the cotton ball down into their ear canal.
As a rule of thumb, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they just about touch the ground when he or she walks. If your pet’s nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a trim. For leisurely living dogs, this might mean weekly pedicures, while urban pooches who stalk rough city sidewalks can go longer between clippings. Purchase doggy nail clippers, some styptic powder to stop any bleeding and chip away at small clippings. Ease into if it's the first time or your dog seems uncomfortable. Professional groomers can handle this job easily for you, too!