Grooming is not just about keeping up your puppy's level of cleanliness, and it is not just about keeping your canine attractive. Grooming is about keeping up both your dog's physical wellbeing and her appearance.
To do this you should start preparing your canine to endure grooming while she is as yet a puppy. If you wait too long to begin the grooming sessions, your puppy may not be agreeable to it later on, especially when it comes to ear cleaning and nail clipping.
This is especially important for long-haired dogs, which require more intense grooming sessions as compared to short-haired dogs. It requires greater time to brush their long hide and they have to get used to remaining still for this beginning at an early age. That is not to say dogs with short, clipped fur do not require grooming.
Brushing for instance, is valuable for a wide range of puppies regardless of what breed they are, evacuating dead hair, soil, and dandruff. General brushing additionally draws out the characteristic oils in the canine's hide. As you brush, the regular oils are spread all over your puppy's hide giving the coat a healthy sheen.
You can begin grooming a puppy when she is as young as three weeks old. Experienced breeders will even start familiarizing their puppies with grooming before they go to their new homes so that when they are gotten by their proprietors, they are already used to it.
Another benefit of grooming is that it allows you to check your dog for any abnormalities. This incorporates skin issues, for example, ticks, insects and dry fixes, or issues with their nails, teeth, ears, and eyes such as infection or inflammation. When found at an early stage, these problems can be treated right away, before they have a chance to become more serious.
Basically, grooming keeps your canine happy and healthy, gives you and your puppy a period that is put aside only for you two, and helps you to save on veterinary bills. So don’t delay, start grooming your puppy early.
Here's how to care for your pet before any problems crop up.
Ears can be a concern for a number of different breeds who are more susceptible to infections and parasites. They should be clean and odor-free. Anything that looks red, swollen or has an unpleasant smell, plus any sign of infestation by mites or ticks, should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Bathing your pet too often can actually have a detrimental effect on their health as it strips all of the natural oils from their skin, leaving them with dry, itchy patches which when scratched could then cause infection. That said, some washing is needed to ensure that your animal remains clean and germ free. Ask your vet what sort of bathing schedule they would recommend for your breed of dog.
Pets can have extremely sharp nails which, if not frequently trimmed, can cause serious injury. Regular trims can reduce the risk of injury, stops them getting caught in carpet or other upholstery, and prevents the likelihood of in-growing nails. For older pets it can also ease arthritis and other joint pain.
Brushing Dog's Teeth
Brushing your pet's teeth might seem like an unlikely feat, but veterinarians say it's a great idea. "The gold standard is to brush your pet's teeth on a daily basis," Cruz says. Not realistic? Aim for once or twice a week.
Regular teeth brushing is the only way to help combat periodontal disease, and if your pet has bad breath then it is a sure sign of a dental problem. Your vet will be happy to recommend specialist pet toothbrushes and toothpaste!
At the pet store, pick up a finger toothbrush, which includes a special toothbrush that fits over your finger and inserts easily into your pet's mouth. Avoid human toothpaste, which can upset pets' stomachs.
Go slowly, Cruz says. Start by massaging your pet's muzzle for a week. Later, dab the lips with pet toothpaste. Next, introduce your pet to the toothbrush. "Don't put them in a headlock," she says, "but let them chew, let them play with it." Then you can start brushing the teeth, as many as your pet will allow in one sitting.
We hope that this article has helped highlight the importance of grooming your pet for its overall health and wellbeing.