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How To Groom Your Adult Dog At Home

Grooming is crucial when it comes to keeping your dog in the healthiest condition. While going to the groomers can often be time consuming, it is possible to get the basics done at home. Regular grooming sessions can keep your dog clean and odour-free. To start off with pet grooming at home, make sure the sessions take place in a wide space. Ensure the floor is not slippery and that your dog has enough grip. Lastly, you want your pooch to be in a calm and tranquil mood when you begin.

Brushing

Brushing your dog’s fur is one of the most basic practices of dog grooming. Brushing must be done several times a week to make sure the fur is in a good condition and to avoid mats. Brushing all the way down to the skin helps increase blood circulation. There are multiple types of brushes, so make sure you get one that is suitable for your dog’s breed and coat. Other tools are also available, like brushes specialised for removing mats and dog combs that get rid of dead hair.

Bathing

Dogs don’t need to bathe as often as us humans, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. A healthy adult dog should be bathed no more than twice a month. Frequent washing may remove natural oils, but regular baths will keep your pet hygienic and healthy. Use a mild dog shampoo, lather and rinse, and don’t forget to put little cotton balls in your dog’s ears to protect them.

Check for fleas

Dog grooming at home is also a good time to check for fleas. Fleas on dogs are more likely to infest your pet during warmer temperatures. If you do find them, it’s best to use a lukewarm bath and a flea comb for dogs to get rid of them. If the problem persists, consult your veterinarian for appropriate treatment.

Nail trimming

Once you hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s time to trim them. Use clippers specially designed for dogs to trim only the ends or the hooked part of the nails. Over-trimming can lead to bleeding and pain due to the blood vessels located at the base of the nail, so it’s best to be cautious.

Ear cleaning

Around once a month, use a damp cloth or a cotton swab to clean out your dog’s ears. Remember to check for any discharge or odour which could be signs of infection.

Sometimes there can be hair growth that needs to be plucked, but it is best left to the veterinarian.

Eye cleaning

The eyes are delicate, so make sure your pet is calm and not likely to move a lot while cleaning them. A simple moist cotton ball can help remove discharge that may have built up around the eyes.

Oral care

If not daily, your dog’s teeth should be brushed at least thrice a week. You can get your dog used to the process by brushing gently with your finger and slowly getting them used to the smell and taste of toothpaste. To help reduce tartar build-up, you could also treat your pooch to Dentastix—a unique X-shaped treat with an abrasive texture that helps clean between the teeth.

We recommend following the above practices but not doing them all at once as it can be overwhelming for your dog. Pet grooming can be broken up into smaller steps throughout the week, making it a routine that your dog can look forward to. You can even use treats to make it an enjoyable experience. Remember, higher levels of hygiene means fewer trips to the vet!

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