Dog grooming can be very expensive if you visit a pet grooming salon. However, you must not compromise your pet's hygiene and overall physiological and psychological health by ignoring its need to be well-groomed. Similar to humans, dogs need to be pampered occasionally so that they not only look better but feel special.
Happily, it's not necessary to spend a lot on grooming your dog. There are various ways in which you can take care of your pet by yourself in your own home. Just buy some pets grooming supplies and read the following tips on how to groom your dog.
The first thing you have to consider is your dog's coat. You don't want your pet to develop problems with fleas and other pests so you must always clean and maintain its hair. One very essential pet supply is the soft-bristled brush. It's important to give your dog a good brushing each day so that its coat doesn't become matted. Brushing also makes the coat shine since it distributes the natural oils throughout the length of the hair. By getting rid of the hair that's dead or dying, it will cut down on the amount of shedding your dog does.
As well, you need to have your dog's coat trimmed every month or two, depending on the breed. If you want to do this on your own, you need to have clippers or trimmers, scissors, a brush or a comb, a blow dryer, and towels.
Next, when it comes to bathing your dog, you need to get a good dog shampoo and soap, towels, comb, and brush. Prior to bathing, brush out the coat so it doesn't get hopelessly tangled in the water. Your dog needs a bath once a month if it has long hair, and every two months if it has short hair. It might also need supplementary baths in certain circumstances, like when it has rolled around in the mud or something smelly. Regular bathing will prevent your dog from getting fleas and other skin diseases. And your dog will smell fresh and clean.
Dog grooming also involves nail clipping. A dog's nails are continuously growing, and if they're long they can more easily do damage to your carpet and furniture. As well, they could break off, which can be a painful situation. Therefore, you must cut your dog's nails about once a month. This is quite different from trimming your own nails since your dog's nails are thicker and a different shape. A dog nail trimmer must be utilized. You should also have some blood-clotting powder handy if the need arises.
Every couple of weeks, inspect your dog's ears to see if there are any open sores or fleas. Then clean them using cotton balls, warm water, and mineral oil.
Finally, not only people have to brush their teeth. Dogs too can get cavities and other unhealthy conditions on their teeth and gums. You need pet toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the mouth twice a week.
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