With luscious locks and puppy-dog eyes, Shih Tzus are undoubtedly adorable dogs. However, if Shih Tzus are not properly groomed, they may end up looking more like a matted mop. From daily grooming to less frequent treatments, there are a few habits you should adopt to keep your Shih Tzu looking and feeling his best.…Read More
For a breed that is known for their full, fluffy coat, you may be concerned about how much your Pomeranian will shed. This is a valid concern to consider when thinking about bringing a new pup into your life and if the amount of hair your dog loses will be too much for you to…Read More
Fleas are tiny little insects, roughly around 3mm in length, with long back legs designed for jumping long distances. They don’t have wings, but they can travel quite far just by jumping. Fleas are typically reddish-brown or brown in color with thin, flat, hairy-looking bodies (that get fatter as they gorge themselves) and mouthparts like…Read More
Are you throwing a fresh lint roller into your cart every time you go to the grocery store, adding a daily vacuuming session to your chores roster, or accepting dog hair as an Avante Garde part of your wardrobe? Shedding might seem like an inescapable part of pet parenthood, especially seasonal shedding. You may wonder,…Read More
Lounging by the pool, road-tripping with the windows down, and watching the sunset from your favorite bench at the dog park are just a few of the activities you and your pet could enjoy this summer. But, when the weather changes, so can your dog’s shedding habits. So, do dogs shed more in the summer?…Read More
If you’re looking for a cozy companion and don’t mind the odd water glass, flower pot, or cereal bowl knocked off of the counter, you might be the world’s next best cat parent. When you adopt a cat, you’ll join a massive community—over 31.8 million people in the US cohabitate with at least one feline…Read More
So your family has decided to open their home up to a brand new puppy. The only problem is that one of you suffers from an allergy attack whenever you’re around a pooch. Don’t worry – you’re not alone! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of…Read More
The Shih Tzu is quite the dynamic toy dog. They have one of the oldest lineages of all dog breeds in existence (and a history which is deeply rooted in Chinese royalty) and yet still remains similar to even their earliest depictions. The actual name Shih Tzu translates to ‘little lion’ which most likely derives…Read More
Dog hair is everywhere—nestled in the cushions of your couch, piled in corners on the floor, clinging to the fabrics of your go-to black dress. If your pet is prone to shedding—or even worse, tangled mats in their fur—then you’ve probably considered a grooming regime to keep your pup’s coat clean-cut and healthy. But what…Read More
If you have ever wondered, “How long should my dog’s nails be?”, you are not alone. Although it may not be the first thing that is considered when grooming one’s pet, dogs require nail maintenance just as people do. Depending on his lifestyle, breed, and age, the length and condition of a dog’s nails may…Read More
Grooming is a process which requires hands-on work. While your pet doesn’t need to shower every day, he certainly needs upkeep. By making time for your pet’s grooming on a weekly basis, you’re not only ensuring he’ll be fresh and devoid of odor, you’re ensuring he will be healthy too.
As that’s the thing about grooming, it’s often a word used exclusively to coat-management, when really it entails a lot more than that. Below are some tips for grooming your dog.
How To Groom Your Dog
The coat: Pets need their coats groomed for various reasons: to keep them healthy and fresh, mitigate shedding, prepare for different climates, etc. Coat upkeep is one of the essential parts of owning a pet and it needs to be treated as such.
Hygiene: Pets—like all animals—need to upkeep their hygiene. This could mean various things, but often it boils down to their dental hygiene, bodily hygiene, and paw care. It’s important to make sure your pet is cared for on a routine basis.
Examination: One of the most integral parts of the grooming process is to examine your pet for any health complications. It’s imperative that you examine him every week for anything suspicious.
Most complications that afflict pets need to be caught in their prematurity. In giving your pet these examinations (checking for parasites, infection, inflammation, redness, rashes, etc.), you greatly reduce the risk that he’s going to fall ill in the future.
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