Tips for Grooming Your Furry Friend
First-time dog owners often lack the understanding of how to groom their furry friends. While feeding them and taking them out for walks is pretty easy to do, grooming appears challenging to many of the owners.
Every dog is different.
Some might need regular brushing of their coats, while some might need more frequent nail trimmings. As a new dog owner, you may not have all the expertise right away.
There are basic tips and maintenance steps that apply to all dog breeds.
Whatever their needs might be, you can try the following seven common grooming tips for your beloved dog.
Brushing Coat Regularly
Find a gentle brush or comb based on your dog’s coat type and brush through their fur regularly. This prevents mats from forming and helps to get rid of the pesky loose fur.
The matted coat makes your dog look unkempt.
It can also house dust, debris, and ticks, and can cause severe skin allergy. The regular brush makes the coat look healthy.
At the same time, regular brushing also helps to distribute the natural oils throughout your dog’s fur, giving it a healthy and shiny glow.
Pay extra attention to areas that are prone to tangling, and gently detangle the fur. Using a wide-toothed comb is recommended, but use whatever comb works best for your dog’s fur type.
Follow Proper Bathing Techniques
Bathing is one of the best ways to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. The rookie mistake most first-time dog owners make is that they use human products on their dogs.
Look for shampoos and conditioners specially formulated for dogs, as they are designed to maintain the natural pH balance of their skin.
Human shampoos can be too harsh and strip away essential oils from their skin and make their coat dry and lackluster.
Also, always use lukewarm water to bathe dogs. Cold or hot water can give them a cold or irritate their skin.
Always rinse off the shampoo well, as any residue can cause itching. Pat them dry, then use a towel to dry them completely. You can also use a blowdryer to expedite the drying process.
Maintain dental hygiene
Maintain Dental Hygiene
Brushing your dog’s teeth might not be the most pleasant experience, but it has a great effect on their dental health.
Maintaining this habit can reduce plaque and tartar buildup and ensure fresh breath for your furry friends.
Use a toothbrush or finger brush designed for dogs. Human toothpaste can be harmful to them. So, be sure to use toothpaste formulated specifically for dogs.
Gently brush their teeth in circular motions, paying attention to both the front and back teeth.
If brushing the teeth seems too much of a hassle, you can get your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned by a dog dental cleaning service provided by vets every once in a while.
You can also buy special chewy dental treats and toys to supplement your dental care routine. This helps clean their teeth and massage their gums.
Trim Nails Carefully
Taking care of your dog’s nails is an important part of their overall grooming routine. Regular nail trims help prevent discomfort and reduce the risk of injuries such as scratches or broken nails.
Avoid using human nail-cutters to clip their nails, and only use dog nail trimmers available in the market.
Never cut too close to the quick, which is the sensitive area inside the nail, as it can cause pain and bleeding.
If you’re uncertain about how much to trim, it’s better to cut a little at a time. If your dog has harder nails, you can also use a grinder to file down the nails for smoother edges.
Maintain an Ear-Cleaning Schedule
A dog’s ears tend to get dirty often. Cleaning them regularly helps remove dirt, and excess wax and prevents the buildup of harmful bacteria that can cause ear infections.
Always use veterinarian-approved ear cleaning solutions to clean their ears.
When cleaning the insides, avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything deep into the ear canal, as it can damage the delicate structures within.
Instead, wet a clean cloth or cotton ball with the cleaning solution and gently wipe the outer area of the ear.
If you notice any redness, discharge, or unpleasant odor, consult your vet immediately. These are telltale signs of an ear infection and can cause severe damage if left untreated for too long.
Clean Eyes Gently
Your dog’s eyes are the gentlest area of the body and need proper care to stay infection-free. Never attempt to self-diagnose or self-treat eye problems.
But you can follow simple steps to keep your dog’s eyes clean.
The most common method is to gently wipe away any discharge using a soft, damp cloth. This helps remove dirt and debris that may gather around the eyes.
If you notice excessive tearing, redness, or signs of irritation, consult your veterinarian for a thorough examination because these symptoms indicate an underlying eye condition that needs immediate treatment.
Take Them for Professional Grooming
And finally, treat your dog once in two months with professional grooming. While DIY grooming works fine, a professional groomer has the expertise and tools to provide more specialized grooming services.
For instance, if your dog has a breed-specific haircut, a professional groomer can trim their coat to maintain its unique appearance.
These groomers can handle different coat types and can cut them while maintaining comfort and safety.
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They also offer de-shedding treatments or coat conditioning for dogs with long, thick, or curly fur.
Making your home pet-friendly and feeding them regularly are essential parts of taking care of your furry friends, but it remains incomplete without proper and regular grooming.
The process may initially seem daunting for new pet owners. However, with a little practice and understanding, you can easily provide a happy and healthy life for your dog.
Do you have any tips for grooming your furry friend?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.