Your dog’s coat keeps them warm and protected from the elements. However, it will not stay healthy without the proper care. Grooming your pet’s coat is as important as any other dog health care issue. The exact procedure you go through to do this will depend on the type of coat your dog has.
However, basically grooming involves checking for fleas and ticks, brushing and/or combing, occasional bathing and at times, trimming the coat. In addition, you should cleanse the ears in the proper manner. Below are some specific dog care tips for grooming your pet’s coat.
1. Checking for Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are both potential dog health problems. Many dogs are allergic to fleas and both these tiny critters carry diseases that can be transmitted to the dog. If your dogs are allergic to fleas, this could not only affect their skin, but also the quality of their coats. Check your dog’s often for these pests.
2. How Often Should Grooming Be Performed
How often you groom your pet depends on the length, thickness and texture of his fur. Shorthaired dogs require once a week brushing. When the coat is short, but also dense you may need a wire brush or a combination brush to reach through the denseness. If the hair is extremely short, do not use a hard bristle or wire brush on them. Use a soft bristle or rubber brush.
On medium-length coats, they will need to be brushed twice a week. When you get into this length of coats, you can find it will mat quite easily. It is important that you brush down to the skin to prevent matting. If matting happens to badly, you may have to take the dog to a professional groomer to help you straighten the mess out to smooth your dog’s coat.
Long haired dogs take the most brushing. Many require daily sessions of it to keep their hair form becoming matting or from shedding over all your furniture and belongings. These dogs may also need combing and trimming to have their coats at their best.
Remember, if your dog’s coat has a top coat and under coat that you have to play special attention to getting the under coat free from loose hair and mats. This one of the dog care tips is extremely important
If trimming is needed for the coats to look right, then you can get the right scissors and/or shavers to do the job in the pet shops or pet supply stores. Some people do not feel comfortable enough with this part of grooming to attempt by themselves, so they will take their dogs to a professional groomer. The paws, legs, ears and face are just some of the areas where trimming may be need with any of the types of coats.
Most dogs only require periodic bathing. Over bathing your dogs, will strip the natural oils from their coats, and cause them to not have a sheen to their coat and loose some of their protection against the elements. Bath the dog when it is dirty from playing outside or about once every 2 to 3 months when it is indoors most of the time.
5. Type of Shampoo
Never use human shampoo it is much too strong for a dog’s coat on top of having ingredients in it that are not safe for dogs. Only use shampoo specifically designed for dogs.
On top of the above dog care tips for taking care of a dog’s coat, the right nutrition needs to be given to a dog. This provides him all the vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutrients to grow a healthy coat.