Do's and Don'ts when grooming your pet

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Do's and Don'ts when grooming your pet

by Jessica Britt


There are so many dog’s haircuts: Neaten, the Lamb Cut, the Lion Cut, the Puppy Cut, the Schnauzer Cut, the Teddy Bear Cut. 


However, is it just about haircuts when it comes to taking care of our pets? A good grooming means more than just having a pretty and lovely dog. Clean teeth and ears, no hair in the eyes, clean fur and skin, clipped nails and the annual check-up at the vet contributes to keeping our buddy healthy. 

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Here we have prepared some Do’s and Don’ts you should follow to ensure your furry friend’s well-being: 
 

Do's: 


Bathe your dog

Start the bathing process by brushing the fur well to get rid of knots and tangled areas. After that, wet all the fur and apply the shampoo, massaging until the foam forms and making sure that it does not enter the dog's eyes or ears. Warm water should be used, along with a special dog shampoo, to avoid irritation or an imbalance of the skin's natural pH. Leave the shampoo on for a few minutes, then rinse with plenty of water. It is recommended to rinse the head afterwards, as the dog will probably want to shake its head to dry it. 


Brush its hair regularly 

Imagine what would be like if you wouldn’t brush your hair for many days or even weeks...That would be unbearable! It’s the same for your canine companion. Regular brushing and combing help keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy and looking good. Keep in mind that the most important part of this process is to brush all the hair. Be gentle while grooming and take care not to harm its eyes or ears. Removing dead hair and stimulating the skin are other advantages of brushing your dog regularly.  



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Pay special attention to the ears, nails and teeth


Ears, teeth and nails are parts of the body that, if infected, can cause very serious health problems to your fluffy friend.  


Teeth: For example, dogs can suffer from tartar, gum disease, and tooth decay, just like we do. But, hey, there is some good news! You can start brushing your dog’s teeth from now. Veterinarians say it’s a good idea. Wondering how to do this? With a special toothpaste and toothbrush for dogs. Keep in mind that it’s forbidden to use toothpaste for human use because it contains fluoride, a substance with irritating action on the stomach.


Nails: Dogs have two types of claws, the toes and the vestigial fingers, both types constantly growing. Finger claws should wear out naturally, but if they grow too much, they should be cut. All puppies need proper claw care. Ask your veterinarian to show you the best techniques. 


Ears: There are two main types of dog ears: pricked and drop or pendant. Drop ears should be examined more often as the ear canal is less ventilated. The ears can be cleaned under the guidance of a veterinarian, with a solution specially created for this purpose. Insert the tip of the applicator into the ear canal and gently apply 1 or 2 drops. Remove the tip and gently massage the base of the ear for 30 seconds, preventing the dog from shaking his head, before wiping the earlobe with a cotton wool disc. 



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Don’ts: 


Don’t lose your patience! Ha-ha! 

It’s important to keep calm and pay full attention to your furry friend. Remember that it’ll be always by your side to protect you and make you smile.


Don’t use a shampoo for human while bathing your dog

Dogs have a really sensitive skin, much more sensitive compared to ours. Human shampoo will only irritate their skin and cause itching or discomfort. More importantly, don’t forget to cover their eyes and ears with your hand.


Don’t use beauty products

Human beauty products like perfumes, scented shampoos, facial masks or moisturizers can affect their health. Regularly brushing and bathing are enough to keep your dog beautiful. 


So...grooming time? 


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