When you see your dog scratching at his ears or shaking his head excessively, it’s rarely a good sign. In the case of ear mites, this common but extremely uncomfortable infection can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Otodectes cynotis, also known as ear mites, are the most common form of mites in dogs.…Read More
Dogs itch for a lot of reasons, but no other skin problem causes as much itching as sarcoptic mange. Also known as “dog scabies,” sarcoptic mange is a common skin condition in dogs worldwide in every climate. It can occur in dogs of all ages and breeds, as well as humans and other animals. The…Read More
Dry, dull and itchy coat. Sound familiar? Dog skin rashes and irritations are actually incredibly common for all dog breeds. The good news is that dog rashes are typically not too difficult to alleviate once they have been identified. Rashes usually do not cause long-term health problems and thus, should not something to be losing…Read More
You’re sitting at home stroking your cat’s fur after a long day when you feel it: raised bumps on the surface of his skin. It’s easy to jump to conclusions and believe these bumps, or lumps, signify a tumor. But don’t fret; bumps on your cat’s skin do not always spell feline cancer. There are…Read More
Because humans are allergic to pet dander, rather than the actual hair or fur on a dog, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. With that being said, Shih Tzu’s are great dog breeds for people who suffer from allergies and are considered by many a hypoallergenic dog breed. This is because of their hair-like coat…Read More
You’ve fallen in love with the orange-red puppy that looks a lot like a fox. You’re ready to bring him home until you notice the fluffiness of his fur and start thinking about the shedding. Shiba Inus have beautiful, fluffy coats and while they’re cute and cuddly, they are also extreme shedders. But, with the…Read More
If you’ve landed on this article, it might be because you adore the little fox-like Shiba Inu and you’re doing your due diligence before purchasing one. Or perhaps you’ve just welcomed one of them into your home, and now you want to be aware of the certain conditions that can afflict this breed, so to…Read More
The Chihuahua is one of the most dynamic and misunderstood dog breeds in existence. They’re sort of the ‘love em’ or hate em’’ dog which are adored by many, and nuisances to others. The smallest dog of all 155 AKC dog breeds—never weighing in past 7lbs—their fragile bodies are no obstacle for their stubborn and…Read More
Cutting your dog’s nails yourself can be nerve-wracking and even intimidating, however, it is a necessity that canine nails are trimmed regularly. So, how often should you cut your dog’s nails? For the most part, dog’s will need their nails trimmed every one to two months. It’s also interesting to learn that dog’s rear nails…Read More
Cats are not known for keeping their displeasure to themselves – irritate a feline, and they’re sure to let you know about it! When the problem is less direct than a little teasing, however, it can be a challenge to diagnose your cat’s discomfort – fleas, for example, might not always be obvious or easy…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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