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
Fur, fuzz, and fluff: a dog’s coat is more than just part of his looks and personality, it’s actually part of an intricate biological cooling system that helps him beat the heat, keeps pests at bay, and even avoid sunburn. In some cases, however, he could use a hand from his pet parents to help…Read More
A dog’s ears do a lot of important work for his survival – they pick up on any nearby threats or predators, they allow him to listen for companions approaching, and, of course, they can hear a treat bag being rustled no matter where they are. That’s why keeping them healthy and free of debris…Read More
Got a dirty dog? Bathing your puppy isn’t difficult, but it’s not the same as throwing a grubby kid in the tub. Your puppy doesn’t mind getting dirty. They actually like it. So don’t be surprised if they fight every effort you make to get them clean. Make it a point to give them a…Read More
Cats are known for many things: their soothing purr, their sleek looks, and their infamously strong independent streak. This personality trait can be a benefit for pet owners looking for companionship (but not keen on walks); however, it can also be a source of frustration. As any cat owner can attest, it doesn’t take long…Read More
Among designer dog breeds, few hybrids are as beloved as the Maltipoo. A cross-breed between a Maltese and either a miniature or Toy-sized Poodle, he is very well-known for being outgoing, playful, and bright at any age, but particularly in puppyhood. As with many “apartment friendly” dogs, one of the primary concerns of a potential…Read More
For potential Labradoodle pet parents, the excitement of adding a fur baby to the family is one of those milestone moments in life. However, for those who suffer from pet allergies, it’s important to research the background of so-called ‘hypoallergenic’ breeds – and then determine if owning a dog is going to be the healthiest…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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