At-home pet grooming tips
Updated: Apr 6
1. Groom Regularly
When pets are uncomfortable, they are less likely to cooperate. Start off by brushing your canine daily for about 5-10 minutes to build trust. Petting accompanied with treats will make you dog enjoy the added routine. Brushing also relieves dirt and excess shedding. Check out Pet MD (certified vet) to see if your fur ball has any underlying health conditions that would cause excess shedding.
2. Doggy Breath
Did you know that 80% of dogs have periodontal disease by the time that their 3 years old. Gum diseases is no small matter - It can lead to teeth falling out, broken jaw, abscesses, heart disease or even death. Without brushing your dogs teeth, bacteria can get in their blood stream and kill them.
If you never brushed their teeth start today. Start off slowly by letting them sniff and lick the toothbrush. Also try to use a brush that has soft bristles. Next pick up some dog toothpaste if you don't have any (Never use human toothpaste), then put it on your finger and rub it on the dogs teeth. Work your way from the finger to the tooth brush.
If your dog refuse to let you brush their teeth. Their are dental sprays and tooth wipes. It's also ideal to have the dental chew sticks.
3. Nail trimming
Nail trimming should be apart of every dogs grooming routine. Long nails can cause problems walking, arthritis, the nail could even curve in the pad of the dogs feet. Imagine how painful every step must be.
In general you should plan on trimming your dogs nails once a month. Some dogs will need more- or less- frequent nail trimming.
For example, Larger dogs that walk on the asphalt for more than a hour a day tend to wear down their nails aside from their dew claws( that's a little claw halfway up the side of the claw).
As you may or may not already know, dogs have a vein inside their nails called the quick. If you trim your dogs nails less frequently the quick grows longer inside the nails. If that's the case you should trim a little off every week to encourage the quick the shrink back inside the nail. A grinder is best for this.
In dogs with white nails you can see the quick inside the nails and you know exactly where to stop. With black nails cut off a little at a time. You will see a tiny black dot surrounded by white when you get close to the quick. That’s how you know when to stop.
Some people never wash their dogs and some people wash their dogs every week. Ideally you should aim somewhere in between.
Even short-haired dogs benefit from a bath a few times a year. It removes dirt, grime, and excess grease from their coats. Most dogs should be bathed every 1-3 months.
Generally, you should not bathe your dog more than once a month because it can remove natural oils from their coat. If you do decide to bathe your fur ball more make sure you use dog shampoo. Human shampoo can be very harmful to their skin. Even baby shampoo is too toxic for them.
Always brush your dog before a bath as well. This removes excess dirt and water makes their hair mat even more.
Remember to have everything you need before washing, floor mats, ear cotton balls, shampoo. Ear cotton balls stops shampoo and water from getting in their ears that can cause an infection.
Dogs do not like the slippery surface under their paws. So make sure you have a mat out to give them some traction.
Use lukewarm water to bathe you dog. Dogs do not like hot water like humans. Start off by rinsing their backside and work you way up. This just get them ready for when you wash their face.
Use a separate shampoo for their face than the rest of his body. Something that is super gentle on the face and helps loosen stubborn eye gunk and goop.
Flush, wash, and wash once more. At the point when you think you have all the cleanser out, wash for an extra couple of minutes. It's excessively simple to coincidentally leave a little cleanser in your pooch's jacket, which can cause ugly dander drops, skin disturbance or diseases. Not great. On the off chance that you utilize a hair dryer on your canine, utilize a cool setting. Mutts can overheat without any problem. Warmed dryers additionally dry out the skin.
5. Ears, eyes and paws
You should clear out your canine's ears at a rate of once per month. You can utilize an ear cleaner made for dogs or witch hazel on a cotton ball. It's normal to see a smidgen of dirt on the cotton ball subsequent to swiping within your canine's ear, yet on the off chance that the cotton ball comes out gunky or stinky, your pooch likely has an ear infection and needs an visit to the vet. Canines specifically, are inclined to eye issues. In any event once per week, you should set aside the effort to take a look at your dog's eyes. They ought to be splendid and clear with no darkness and negligible redness. Tears ought to be clear. On the off chance that your pooch has hued release originating from their eyes (unique in relation to the ruddy darker goop that can gather from ordinary tears), they have to go to the vet to check for a infection, injury, or sensitivities. Many canine breeds have hair that develops toward the side of their eyes. This should be cut routinely to keep it from becoming long enough to aggravate your canine's eyes. You can trim it utilizing round-tipped shears, scissors with a #10 sharp edge, or little electric trimmers. If that makes you uncomfortable, consider take your dog to a groomer. Vining's important Pets will allow popup grooming if needed. Most dogs develop hair between the cushions on the bottoms of their feet. At the point when this hair gets long, it can gather pesticides, walkway salt, and flotsam and jetsam. With dogs that have consistently developing hair, the hair can become tangled and cause irregularities. You can utilize scissors (cautiously!) or trimmers to trim the hair flush with your dog's paw cushions. Try not to burrow down between the paw cushions since it's anything but difficult to nick your pooch.
Flush, wash, and wash once more. At the point when you think you have all the cleanser out, wash for an extra couple of minutes. It's excessively simple to coincidentally leave a little cleanser in your pooch's jacket, which can cause, best case scenario, ugly dander drops, and at the very least, skin disturbance or diseases. Not great. On the off chance that you utilize a hair dryer on your canine, make a point to utilize a cool setting. Mutts can overheat without any problem. Warmed dryers additionally dry out the skin.
Even professionals sometimes nick dogs due to complexity of scissors and knowing the exact anatomy of a dog. So if you look for any tips about trimming your dog our best advice is to take your dog to a professional groomer( Vining's Important Pets).