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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. If you feed and groom a dog properly not only will it be healthy but also very attractive. There is nothing as satisfying for a dog owner than having a very attractive dog for a pet. Many people however opt to wait for very long before grooming their dogs. It is not advisable to follow this trend. You should ensure that grooming is done very often even if it is in small bits.

So what are the main aspects of grooming a dog? Brushing is the first grooming step. Dogs have coats that should be brushed on a regular basis. The size of the coat should determine how often brushing is done. Weekly brushing is ideal for dogs that have short coats. Short coats can be brushed well using rubber brushes and bristle brushes consecutively. For long coats, more regular and specialized brushing is important. Long coat tangles are common on long coats of dogs hence the need to use slicker brushes to remove the tangles.

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. This is important since many people have been known to overlook them yet they are prime places for ticks and fleas to hide. Ensure ticks are eradicated by using appropriate tick prevention for dogs methods.

There is need to bath a dog regularly. The frequency of bathing a dog depends on factors such as weather conditions and activities that the dog is involved in. It begins with using brushes to brush the coat then using lukewarm water for bathing. Irritation of the skin should be minimized by using dog shampoo. During this time, the dog can be distracted by using bath toys. 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. As you bath the dog check for infections especially in the ears.

Many people ignore nail trimming of dogs. This should ideally be done once a week or when you notice they have grown too long. 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. Cut a small bit of the nail at a time and stop in case you cut a spongy part. If you cut a spongy part, stop the bleeding using nail cauterizers or styptic powder. If these grooming tips are observed your dog will be healthier, happier and will be noticeable in public.