Grooming your dog is essential for your dogs coat, skin and overall health. You should groom your dog at least 3 times per week, even if they are short haired, as during the grooming you can remove debris from the coat and also detect lumps or skin and nail infections in the early stages. Grooming will also allow you to spread the essential oils secreted by the dogs skin and this will give shine to the coat: keeping it healthy.
The best way to groom your dog is either on a surface or a towel/mat. This will help your dog to understand that its now groom time and not play time.
- Brush your pet regularly using a soft slicker brush. This will help remove dead hair and prevent matts, which can cause skin irritations and infections.
- When towel drying your pet, never rub with the towel, always pat dry, rubbing can cause matting. Make sure you pet is completely dry, a wet or damp coat can cause matting or skin infections.
- Clean your pets teeth with a soft tooth brush and dog tooth paste, this will help reduce plaque build up. Check gums are pink and healthy looking and that there are no broken or rotting teeth.
- Check your pets paws regularly for any stones, matts or grass seeds trapped between the paws. Any of these can cause painful feet and also infections.
- Trim nails regularly, 4 to 6 weeks. Unattended nails may grow long enough to cause the tendons and bone structure of the foot to weaken. Dew claws can curve back into the pad causing pain and possible infection.
- Check ears are clean and no bad odours. If dirty, gently wipe out with animal ear wipes or a damp cloth. Never push into the ear canal.
- Rub your hand gently along your pets body and legs, feeling for any lumps or swelling. Always seek your vets advice if any lumps, swelling or skin irritations are found.
- Handle your pets feet, ears and mouth regularly. This will help them feel more confident when being handled by a vet or a groomer.
What can’t dogs eat?
It can be tempting to give your dog leftovers or to share your food with them, but what we consider to be tasty and perhaps even nutritious may be extremely dangerous, even poisonous, for our canine companions. Here is a list of popular human foods dogs can’t eat, along with other common household items that are poisonous to dogs.
Please see below some links giving more information on what to avoid: