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Old 01-22-2009, 04:07 PM
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Grooming is an essential part of dog care. It can improve the dog's appearance as well as physiological and psychological health.
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Be sure to brush your dog daily. Doing this keeps the dog's hair in good shape by getting rid of dirt, distributing natural oils throughout the coat, keeping the skin clean and free of irritation , and breaking up tangles before they get big.
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It is always easier to begin brushing your dog when it is young. But older dogs can become accustomed to being brushed if you proceed slowly. Treats and praise can help make the transition smoother.
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Your dog's nails should be trimmed monthly. Make sure you are using a clipper specifically designed for dogs. You will also need a small bottle of blood-clotting powder.
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How to Cut Your Dog's Nails: Have your dog sit beside you. Place one of the dogs paws on your lap and pull it forward gently. If your dog is uncomfortable with this try coaxing him or her with treats and praise. Gradually clip one nail, being careful to stop before you reach the quick, which is the part of the nail containing nerves and blood vessels. If you are unable to tell where the quick is, stop cutting just behind the place where the nails begins its downward curve. If you accidentally cut into the quick put some clotting powder on a damp cotton swab and put pressure with it on the nail for a few seconds. Repeat this process on each nail. Do not neglect to trim the dewclaw, which can be found on the inside of each front leg a little above the paw. Note that some dogs do not have a dewclaw.
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Taking care of your dog's ears is very important. Ear infections are painful and can cause permanent hearing loss. Redness, constant head scratching, odor, and head shaking are all signs of a possible problem. To prevent problems check your dog's ears twice a month. The skin inside the ear should be a pale pink. If there is an unpleasant smell, or skin that has turned brown/black take your dog to a vet for an ear exam. For routine ear cleaning, moisten a cotton ball with warm water and use it to clean the canal opening and the flaps. Be sure not to poke too far into the canal.
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Dogs are susceptible to cavities and periodontal disease. In order to prevent this, clean your dog's teeth with a pet toothpaste twice a week. Use a small, soft bristled toothbrush. At times, cleaning by a vet may be necessary.
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Give your dog a bath at least every two months and more if necessary. Be sure to brush your dog both before and after the bath to prevent tangles.
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How to Give Your Dog a Bath: For secure footing, put a bath mat or towel in the tub. Put a cotton ball in each of the dog's ears to prevent them from getting filled with water. Rinse your dog with warm water. If you have a spray hose, use it, but be careful not to spray your dog in the face. Lather your dog with a shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Apply the shampoo in small quantities, working from head to tail. Don't forget to clean the rectum, in between the toes, behind the ears and underneath the chin. Don't get shampoo into your dog's eyes. Rinse your pet with warm water again, making sure to get rid of all the shampoo. Dry your dog with a towel.
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If your dog's coat gets very tangled, it may seem like a good idea to just give your dog a shave. Don't! A dog's coat protects it from both heat and cold. A close shave could actually cause your dog to get a sunburn. If your dog really needs a haircut, try just trimming the top coat and leaving the undercoat for protection.
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Removing excessive hair growth from your dog's ear canal can help prevent moisture from getting trapped in the ear and causing infections. Gently pluck out the hairs a few at a time to minimize pain.
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