Grooming is not only related to keeps one’s dog good looking, but also to maintain both the appearance and physical health of the dog.A basic need which is also an important part of a dog is dog grooming.
Grooming also alerts you to detect skin problems or parasites if any. Grooming also creates an opportunity to bond with the dog. In order to make grooming a fun experience, start massaging the dog slowly besides brushing and combing. Grooming which will also improve the pet’s life span, depends on the hair type andbreed, and grooming regularly helps to ensure the dog is comfortable and healthy.Using of appropriate grooming tools is also important.
More intense grooming sessions are required for long haired dogs, when compared to short haired. No matter what breed they are, regular brushing is beneficial to remove dirt, dandruff and dead hair and also it will help to bring out the natural oils. While brushing, these natural oils in the dog’s fur will spread all over the dog’s fur.
Wide range of brushes is available in the market in order to meet the various hair types of the dog. Different types of brushes and combs available in the market are:Wire pin brushes, Slicker brushes, Mat breakers and rakes, Bristle brushes.
Usually daily brushing is required for long haired dogs to prevent tangling and matting of hair, whereasshort length or medium haired dogs should be brushed weekly. Brushing regularly will keep the coat shiny besides healthy.
- Nail trimming:
A nail clipper is used for trimming of nails, and the types of nail clippers are: standard scissor nail clipper, the file trimmer and the guillotine clipper.
Many types of formulated conditioners and shampoos are available for dogs in the market. Using a soap free shampoo or a specific shampoo (recommended by a veterinarian) is recommended.
- Ear care:
If not kept clean, dog’s ears can have yeast and bacteria. Routine ear cleaning is needed during the monthly bath. Cotton-tipped swabs are not recommended and most of the medications related to ear may be prescribed by the veterinary professional.
Not all dogs need haircut. Some breeds typically need haircut every 2 to 4 weeks as they have continuous hair growth. Electric clippers are used, to give pets a uniform cut and a neat look.
Moreover, grooming the dog allows you to check any abnormalities which include dry patches, skin problems, fleas, skin problems such as ticks, or issues with ears, teeth, nails and eyes (inflammation or infection) besides keeping your dog healthy and happy.