Grooming your dog is an important aspect of good health. Many pet owners forget the significance of grooming when getting a new dog, while others may bathe and brush the pet more than is necessary. While grooming is essential, you don’t want to bathe a pet too often that can actually cause skin problems. For specifics on when, frequency and how to groom your dog, you can contact your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home for tips and all the necessities to do the job.
Brushing and combing your pet frequently helps to remove dead skin cells and loose hair, prevent matting, while also stimulating natural skin oils, blood supply and hair growth. Starting a grooming routine should begin as soon as you bring home your new puppy. Doing so helps the pet to get used in the process at an early age as part of its natural routine. Some of the necessities you should have on hand includes:
- A good quality brush with soft bristles
- A greyhound metal comb with small teeth on one side and large on the other
- Smooth-coated dogs can benefit from a rubber mitt with rubber tips that can stimulate the skin and loose fur
- Nail clippers according to the size of your pet
- A product such as Kwik-stop that is used in the event the nail bleeds
- Ear cleaning solution
- Small toothbrush and pet flavored toothpaste
- Protein-enriched tearless shampoo
- Cream-rinse for the long-haired breed
When attempting to groom your dog, speak in a calm tone of voice. Be patient through the process. As your pup cooperates, provide a lot of praise and small treat to convey a job well-done. Eventually, these grooming sessions will be a welcome time for extra attention and moments of bonding together.
Brushing your dog regularly can help you to detect any medical and nutritional issues affecting your dog through problems with the skin and coat. Often, long-coated dogs can hide concerns under those locks of hair. A regular weekly routine of brushing and combing can ward off many health issues.
Most dogs do not need a bath too often. It depends on the breed of dog, hair and skin type. A general rule is, when your dog develops that sour doggy odor, it is time for a bath. Bathing too often can dry out the skin and coat. When you do wash your pet, ensure that you rinse well or the residual soap could have a drying out effect on the skin as well. Dogs with skin irritations or flakes should be washed with a special medicated shampoo. It is best to get advice from your veterinarian.
Common skin problems include parasites like fleas, ticks and mites; allergies and infections. Such concerns are manageable if detected early by handling and grooming your pet frequently. If a problem persists, you will note your pet scratching to excess along with flaky skin and hair loss. When it gets to this extreme, vet care may be necessary for appropriate treatment and relief.
Ears are also a grooming essential, especially for the breeds with long, floppy ears. With these dogs, air is unable to circulate and keep the eardrum dry. Trapped moisture can lead to infections. Your dog can also have concerns with oily skin and allergies. To avoid harming your pet, cleaning the ears should be left to your vet or groomer unless you have been trained on the proper way to safely do so. With an easy-to-handle pet, you may attempt to remove debris and excess wax from the ears. Do so every two to four weeks with ear cleaning solution and cotton balls.
Nail trimming can be a simple, painless process if started early. Practice touching your pet’s feet every moment you can so it is not traumatic when time to clip the nails. Ask your vet or groomer how to do so about once a month at least; less frequently if you and your pet go for long walks outdoors on cement.
Something many pet owners avoid is the infamous dental hygiene. Start this process when your dog is very young, more for comfort and as part of a routine. Ideally, it should be done daily but at least weekly can help to ward off any dental disease. Again, your vet or groomer can help you with a proper tooth brushing routine. A little effort is better than no effort at all.
As you can see, grooming your dog is not only a beauty regiment but also a healthy upkeep. Start early and keep up with the maintenance on a regular basis. If started early enough and comes with rewards of treats and praise, it will be a welcome experience for your dog and special bond for both of you.
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
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