How to Groom Your Dog at Home?
Dogs need proper care and regular grooming. Grooming is not just about maintaining the shine of your dog’s coat; regular it also plays a major role in maintaining your dog’s physical health. How often a dog needs grooming depends on its breed and age. Just follow these easy tips to groom your dog at home.
Clean Your Pup’s Face
Dust and crust from tears tend to collect around a dog’s eyes. Excess build-up can lead to an infection. Gently wipe the area with a soft, damp cloth. While you’re at it, check your pooch’s eyes for any signs of swelling.
Dirt and dust tend to collect in your dog’s ears too causing irritation, discomfort, and itching. Clean the folds and flaps of your dog’s ears with a clean damp cloth every four weeks.
If your pooch gets its ears wet while swimming or its ears produce too much wax, clean them more frequently. Do not use Q-tips as they pose the risk of causing lasting damage to your furry friend’s eardrums.
Your dog’s nose should be moist most of the time. In dogs, an excessive dry nose could be an indication of dehydration or sunburn. If your dog’s nose feels too dry, apply a dog balm. Provide your pooch with plenty of water and maintain the right humidity levels in its room.
Brush Their Coat
Brushing your dog’s coat helps distribute its natural oils that are essential for a shiny, healthy coat. Regular brushing also helps remove debris & dead skin and reduces shedding. It also removes excess hair from your furry friend’s coat and cuts down the amount of hair you have to deal with on your furniture and floor.
Short-haired dogs need to be brushed multiple times a week. If you have a long-haired dog, brush it every day to keep its coat and skin healthy.
Keep Their Nails Trimmed and Paws Clean
In dogs, overgrown nails can cause difficulties while walking. Long paw nails can break or curve inwards and may even pierce the paw pads, injuring your pooch.
Before starting to trim your dog’s nails, notice where the quick (the part that houses blood capillaries) starts. Be careful not to damage the quick (usually pinkish or black in color) or the injury may take weeks to heal. Stop before the pinkish or blackish spot.
To prevent your furry friend’s paws from cracking, regularly apply a good paw balm. Regularly clean between the paw pads with a clean damp cloth. End the grooming session by giving your pooch a relaxing paw massage.
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