Grooming is an important aspect of care and maintenance for your dog. Dogs that require a great deal of grooming sometimes get ignored because of the cost involved, putting their health at risk. Some dogs are shedders and need constant bathing and brushing while others have hair that grows like a humans and need regular haircuts. The friendly staff at your local Rockford area Petsmart or Petco as listed below (or one closest to your home) can help you with special tips on grooming your own doog at home as well as suggesting appropriate grooming supplies.
Most of you as responsible pet parents can groom your dog at home, saving on the cost of professional services. There are a few tips you can follow to keep your dog looking and feeling its best. It is a matter of having the right necessities which will be useful for the bathing and grooming experience.
Some of the supplies needed will be a good brush that can go through the thickest of coats, a greyhound comb which has two different sized teeth, nails clippers for your dog’s particular size, a styptic powder to stop nail bleeding, ear cleaner, small toothbrush and flavored toothpaste. Puppy shampoo and a protein-enriched no-tear shampoo are necessary for bath time. All the right tools to groom your dog can be found at the larger pet supply stores.
Brush your dog daily to weekly for a healthy skin and coat. For dogs with the thicker, longer fur needs to be combed as well to avoid mats and tangles. Dogs with very little hair need a rubber tipped brush in order to stimulate their coat and fur to keep it in healthy condition. Brushing your dog often helps to remove dirt and spread the natural oils throughout the coat and skin. It is so important to start this at an early age though an older pet can be trained to love their grooming by starting out slowly, a little time each day, reinforcing the action with treats and a lot of praise.
Frequent baths are not necessary – usually once every couple of months. However, a puppy, just like a baby, gets into more and requires bathing more often with a gentle puppy shampoo. Never, ever use human shampoos on your pets. Before bathing your dog, it is imperative that you brush your dog first to remove mats or tangles. Once they get wet, they are impossible to remove.
Do not start the bath until you have everything easily available – towels, shampoo, cotton balls, toothbrush and toothpaste. After the water is a warm temperature, wet your dog thoroughly from head to toe. Apply a small amount of shampoo in your hand and lather your dog. Rinse thoroughly. You can use a cream rinse for a longer haired dog if you like and again rinse thoroughly. Towel dry and if possible, blow dry to excess moisture out. In cold climates, be sure to dry your dog completely.
Bath time is an opportune moment to brush your dog’s teeth. Brushing the teeth is a very important step that many people seem to forget. If you start your dog young with this process, they will love the yummy meat flavored tooth paste. Always use a small tooth brush with soft bristles, start from the back teeth and work your way to the front. Brushing in the bath is a great way to get the job done since it can be a messy job. Complete the job by cleaning the ears at this time as well.
Cleaning the ears is an imperative part of grooming and preventing very painful ear infections. Check the ears first to see if there is a sour foul odor within the ear. Get your veterinarian to check for the presence of an infection so it can be treated as soon as possible. If the ears appear to be a pale pink, moisten a cotton ball with special ear cleaner or warm water and mineral oil, and clean the ear canal and flaps best you can. Do not probe deeply into the ear.
Cutting the nails is a very important part of any grooming process though many pet owners are fearful of doing it themselves. You first need to have the right type of nail clippers for your type of animal and staff at Pet Co and Pets Mart can help you. The guillotine clipper is the most popular though you may need a stronger clipper for the larger dog. Also have a blood clotting powder on hand just in case a nail bleeds.
All of these steps are necessary for the health of your dog and if you start when your pet is very young, it will be an easy process. Your veterinarian can demonstrate for you how to brush the teeth, clip the nails and clean the ears appropriately and safely.
You can maintain your dog through regular grooming in between professional treatments for a healthier, happier canine family member.
For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620- 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421- http://www.cvsphoto.com/home.
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