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Washing Your Dog

Summary:

For any dog owner, keeping your dog clean is an essential duty. For general hygiene, Fido relies upon you. All the conditions you discover for a healthy pet are clean ears, teeth and a hair free from fleas and ticks. Bath time is an ideal time to interact with your dog and evaluate his well-being.

Probably, good dogs do not need to be cleaned all that much, but people like to bathe them so that they smell fresh and clean and not like ... well ... dog. Although most do...

 

For any dog owner, keeping your dog clean is an essential duty. For general hygiene, doggy relies upon you. All the conditions you search for a good pet are clean ears, teeth and a hair free from fleas and ticks. Bath time is an ideal time to interact with your dog and evaluate his well-being.


A healthy dogs actually don’t need to be washed all that often, but humans prefer to bathe them so that they smell fresh and clean and not like...well…dog. Although most dogs don’t like to be washed, they will appreciate the contact and attention that they receive from their owners during a bath. It is also a good time to perform some other necessary “dog maintenance” such as cleaning the ears, checking for ticks and fleas, and brushing the teeth. Since many dogs do not like to sit still for any of these activities, it can be a good idea to do them all at once.

 

Brushing your Dogs’ Teeth

It is just proper dental hygiene to clean the dogs' teeth. To guarantee that the dog retains good teeth and gums, most vets prescribe that it be done at least twice a week. If this is what you have been doing, it is never too late to proceed. The dog should have its own toothbrush made for dogs and special toothpaste. At your local pet supplies shop, you pick up all that you like.

Be sure that in short loops you clean the back teeth, the same way you might your own, and clean the length of the "pointy" canine teeth up and down. Dog toothpaste is made for dogs to have a good flavor, and this can help make the dog happy to let you do this. If you cannot brush his teeth, the next best thing would be to give him teeth cleaning dog biscuits but brushing is definitely preferred.

 

Checking for Ticks & Fleas

Ticks are disgusting little arachnids who can grab onto the skin of your dog and prey on his blood stream (they are eight-legged animals like snakes, and so are not insects). They are most common in wooded areas, but since they can hold a variety of diseases, your dog should be screened for them regularly. The safest place to look for these spiders, buried in the hair, is under the neck or on the underbelly of the dog. Make careful to use tweezers to remove the tick from its head if you notice a tick.

In the same areas, beneath the hair, fleas can be found. The appearance of their droppings on the dog's coat will betray the existence of fleas. They sound like pepper flecks. From small babies to larger adults, who are around an eighth of an inch long, the fleas themselves may differ in size. As ticks will, they can't just be picked off the dog, they'll run before you can grab them. When you spot a flea or its droppings, you know it's time for the dog to start a control program and eliminate these pests.

 

Cleaning Ears

Special solutions for cleansing a dog's ears are provided through pet supplies retailers. Dogs are able to get ear mites quickly. In the ears, these tiny larvae live and feed on the waxy secretions there. The bodies of these short-lived beings collect over time and form a black, filthy material. Gently clean the inner ear using a cotton swab dipped in a little of this solution. Keeping the dog still for this operation can be rough, but it doesn't take long. Consistently clean your dogs ears to avoid potential infection and earaches for your dog.


So you see, not only can the quality time you spent grooming your dog make him smell amazing to you, but it will make him feel awesome.

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