New pet owners sometimes find it difficult to keep their dog well groomed, finding the process expensive and strenuous. However, keeping your dog’s skin and coat well groomed will improve your pet’s overall health and well-being.
Following a simple grooming routine at home will keep your pet’s skin and fur healthy in the long-run, and save on professional grooming expenses and trips to the vet. If you’ve noticed your dog’s fur is becoming matted or losing its shine, there are a number of steps you can follow to prevent your pet from developing skin conditions. If your pet’s skin is already becoming flaky and itchy, this could be caused by a number of reasons - including poor grooming, poor diet, or allergies.
Your exact grooming regimen should depend on a number of factors, like your breed of dog, dog’s age, and other elements unique to your pet’s health. For specific grooming tips, we recommend speaking to our vet. We will be more than happy to offer suggestions that will make grooming your pet an easier and more effective process.
Feed Your Dog a Balanced Diet
Like humans, dogs need a balanced diet to ensure their skin and fur stays healthy. Feeding your dog low-quality commercial foods that aren’t balanced appropriately can lead to an unhealthy coat. For instance,
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Brush Your Dog Multiple Times a Week
Imagine how your scalp would feel if you went more than a few days without brushing your hair. Similar to humans, most breeds of dog fur can pick up a lot of dirt, buildup, and tangles, when they go too long without getting their hair brushed. Not to mention, the natural oils in dog’s skin can build up, creating an uncomfortable mixture of dead skin cells, oil, and dirt.
By quickly brushing your pet’s hair about 2-3 times a week, you can help comb away dirt, straighten the fur, and help your pet’s skin feel cleaner. Brushing fur regularly helps with general hygiene and reduces the amount of time you will need to spend bathing your dog. Here are some general rules of thumb to follow when brushing your pet’s coat:
● Make sure you’re using the right kind of brush. For pet’s with finer and longer hair, you should use a smoother brush to untangle matted fur. Undercoat rakes and bristle brushes are another good choice of
● Don’t forget to brush your pet’s tail and underbelly. To ensure you are brushing effectively, start by brushing your pet’s head down to the tail, then work in the same direction when brushing her underside.
● Be gentle when brushing matted areas. If your pet’s fur has become matted, it’s a good deal to wash and clip the matted areas before brushing to ensure the fur is becoming untangled without hurting her skin.
Keep Your Dog’s Eyes and Ears Clean
Certain dog breeds are notorious for developing tear stains and ear infections. The easiest way to keep your pet’s face clean is by wiping it off with a soft cloth and warm water on a daily basis. Start by wiping around the corner of your pet’s eyes, similar to how you would wash your own face in the morning. For pets with long facial hair, like
Don’t Forget Dental Hygiene for Your Dog
Dental hygiene is one of the most ignored aspects of pet ownership. Forming a habit of brushing your pet’s teeth every 2-3 days from a young age will make your puppy comfortable with having her teeth
It can be difficult to teach your pet to feel calm while having her teeth brushed. The most important technique for effective dog dental cleanings is gradually and slowly brushing her teeth. When brushing your pet’s teeth, you should:
● Start by brushing a few teeth at a time, until your dog gets used to the taste of doggy toothpaste and the feeling of having her teeth brushed.
● Pay attention to the upper arch of teeth, since this is where plaque usually builds up.
● Block time out in your day to groom your pet.
Clip Your Pets Nails Regularly
Like dental hygiene, it’s not uncommon for pet owners to let their pet’s nail health fall by the wayside. Trimming your puppy’s nails regularly can help prevent them from growing too long. When dog nails grow too long, they can curl under the paw, causing your pet to slide when running or even hurting her paw.
The most important thing to keep in mind when cutting your pet’s nails is to not trim too far down, where the nail is dark. Cutting the quick of your pet’s nail can cause bleeding and pain. Purchasing nail clippers specifically designed for dogs can help you manage how far down you are cutting. If you’re nervous about cutting your pet’s nails yourself, you can ask our groomers to cut them for you at your pet’s next wellness exam.
Bathe Your Dog Regularly
Following a regular
Some dogs have skin that should only be shampooed once every 2-3 months, while other breeds should be bathed weekly. Ask our vet what is right for your dog’s unique skin health. If your dog has dry skin, try and use a dog shampoo that has aloe vera or oatmeal in it. There are also a variety of hypoallergenic shampoos that might be more suitable for your pet’s skin and fur type.
If your dog is itching regularly, or if you’ve noticed flaky skin or other issues, your pet could have allergies. Skin allergies in dogs can often be treated by a change in diet or dermal treatments for itchy skin.
Our experienced veterinarian can help determine the cause of your pet’s skin disorders. Call our office today to schedule an exam, and learn the best grooming regimen for your pup 702-903-3200.