Facts about and Importance of Dog Grooming
How to Maintain Cleanliness and Ensure Hygiene in Dogs
The health and happiness of a dog are directly dependent on
proper grooming. Regular and thorough grooming keeps your
dog free of mites, body odor, ticks and allergies. You can
tell a healthy dog from an healthy one from the gloss of the
coat. If you find your dog’s coat losing its sheen and/or
becoming dry and flaky, remember that it needs intense and
There is no dog which doesn’t require some amount
of grooming. However, the intensity and process of grooming
would vary across breeds. Dachshunds, Toy Poodles and Wire-headed
Pointers need extensive, regular grooming while Dobermans
and Basset Hounds have lower grooming requirements. When you
decide to add a dog to your family, think whether you would
be able to afford the time required in grooming the particular
As a general rule, dogs with long hair need more grooming
than those with short hair. This is because long hairs form
tangles and are more prone to leading to body odor. Again,
silky coats (for example, those of Spaniels and Setters are
susceptible to a vast amount of dry flakes and loose hair
which need to be manually removed and would otherwise lead
to matted coat. Wire haired dogs have a special grooming requirements:
their coats need to be stripped at least once annually.
It is wrong to assume that hairless dogs like the Hairless
Chinese Crested and the American Hairless Terrier do not require
grooming. In reality, they need special grooming to prevent
their skin from getting sun burnt. Also, wrinkled skin or
folds like those belonging to Pugs and Bulldogs need to be
stripped of mud, dirt and sweat every single day.
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Basics of Dog Grooming
A proper grooming session should typically include the following
Bathing - Bathing prevents body odor in
dogs as it helps to wash away excess moisture, germs, excess
oil and dander. Lack of or inadequate bathing would lead to
accumulation of dirt in coat, further causing skin infections.
Though the frequency of bath would depend on the breed of
dog in question, dogs usually need one thorough bath every
week. The basic requirement for giving a dog a good bath is
a tub according to its size. Lukewarm water works best to
wash away impurities. Use only a good quality dog shampoo
to bathe your dog. After the bath, the coat should be dried
thoroughly by a clean towel. The next important step is to
brush out the coat to prevent tangles and matting.
Brushing – Your dog’s coat
needs to be brushed regularly. This is because brushing causes
stimulation of the sebaceous glands. Well-stimulated sebaceous
glands are vital to keep your dog’s coat healthy, shiny
Regular brushing of your dog’s coat is essential as
it stimulates the sebaceous glands responsible for conditioning
of your dog’s coat. Regular brushing also keeps dry
skin and dirt at bay and also helps keep the coat shiny.
It has been proved beyond doubt that dogs which are regularly
brushed shed less, thus sparing the owners the arduous task
of cleaning up after them. However, it is true that all dogs
shed some amount of hair. It is the process by which dogs
get rid of dead or lose body hair. These are then replaced
with new hair growth. Brushing helps dogs retain healthy hair.
Nail Trimming – it is very important
to keep your dog’s nail properly trimmed at all times.
Generally once a month should suffice. Nail clippers especially
designed for dogs are readily available at pet stores. However,
clipping a dog’s nails might be tricky, especially if
the dog tends to fidget, as it is very common for the veins
at the nails to get ruptured due to improper clipping. It
might be a good idea to get your dog’s nails clipped
by a professional unless you are very sure of yourself. In
case bleeding occurs, treat immediately with suitable antiseptic.
Cleaning the Ears – Accumulation
of ear wax in your dog’s ear can lead to ear pain and
hearing problems as well as unpleasant odor. So it is very
important to clean your dog’s ears, at least once a
month. Remember ears are one of the most sensitive parts of
the dog and great care needs to be taken while cleaning the
ears. A soft and clean cotton swab can be used for this purpose.
In case of detection of any ear problem, do not waste any
time before consulting a vet.
Cleaning the Eyes – Dogs’ eyes
often accumulate dirt as well as dead hairs, making the eyes
water and the dog uncomfortable. Clean your dog’s eyes
regularly, very gently, with a damp piece of cloth.
Cleaning the Teeth – Scour the pet
supply stores for chew toys that also serve to prevent and
cure plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth and keep
the teeth clean. This would prevent bad breath, gum decay
and toothache in your dog. When you brush your dog’s
teeth, do not ever use toothbrushes and toothpaste meant for
humans. Dog toothpastes and brushes are available at pet stores.
Even after taking all possible care of your dog’s teeth,
it is very important to get him checked by his dentist. Frequent
oral check-ups are important.
A thorough grooming, from head to toe, is very important
in order to keep your dog healthy, happy and lively.
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