What is dog grooming

Dog care - the most important tips at a glance

It is best to find out about dog grooming before you buy a dog. With most problems and the resulting errands, purchases and questions, you as a dog owner are not confronted unprepared, but can take care of your dog attentively and caringly depending on the event. In addition, it makes it possible to train the respective procedures on the four-legged friend from the earliest puppy age, which significantly increases the dog's acceptance. An overview of the most important topics is summarized below.

 

Brushing your dog's teeth - does it make sense?

 

  • Acquisitions: Appropriate chew toys and treats, toothbrush and toothpaste

 

Until a few decades ago, it would hardly have occurred to a dog owner to brush his dog's teeth. The result: the dogs lost their teeth in agony. This went so far that the animals became sometimes aggressive due to tooth and jaw pain and even fell ill because they no longer wanted and could not eat enough. The dog had a different status than it is today - spending money to consult a veterinarian was rather uncommon, unless it was about special animals. Today the dog has a much higher status as a pet, no longer the interchangeable creature on the farm chain - and the attitude of the owners has largely changed. Feeding waste and leftovers from the table is no longer the rule - as is well known, the dog takes care of part of the dental care himself, provided he is provided with the right feed. If a dog gets used to dry food at an early stage, but also to taste and regular working with the toothbrush and toothpaste, it will have healthy teeth for much longer, which will also benefit its rest of health. A toothpaste suitable for dogs goes without saying - human cosmetics are generally not suitable for animal care. The toothbrush can be chosen by yourself; From the very simple and inexpensive normal brush from the drugstore to the electric ultrasonic toothbrush, everything that the dog accepts can be used.

 

Skin and coat need to be well cared for!

 

  • Acquisitions: Brush and comb, anti-felting agent, scissors, dog shampoo or soap

 

On this subject, it should be said that dog breeds differ very clearly from each other in terms of the amount of care required. The longer and thicker hair a dog's coat has, the more intensively it has to be combed, brushed, washed, de-felted and cared for. It is important to strike a healthy balance between cleanliness and health, because bathing too often with shampoos - including special dog preparations - can dry out the skin and coat. Regular combing and brushing adapted to the length of the coat, removing small tangles with scissors, if anti-felting agents no longer help: this will keep the coat clean. The dog, used to comb and brush early enough, enjoys the time with its owner, finds the pampering program beneficial and is happy about the attention - owners always get an up-to-date overview of the condition of their skin and fur and can respond to changes in good time react.

 

Always clean and check eyes and ears!

 

  • Acquisitions: Eye cleaners, ear cleaners, ear care products

 

With the eyes rather than the ears, the dog owner recognizes when it is time to do a separate cleaning with appropriate care products. Smaller incrustations on the inner eyelid can usually be removed with a single movement. However, if the adhesive is too tightly bonded to the hairs on the eye, a gentle cleaning agent that does not sting the eyes must be used. A soft cloth should be used for this. The following applies to the ears: never work with cotton swabs - these push the wax further into the inner ear, which can lead to severe inflammation. Means that dissolve the ear wax, which is then removed from the outer ear area with a cloth, are sufficient. In the event of mite infestation ("ear pressure"), the veterinarian should be consulted; Distinguishing signs are strong head shaking and constant scratching of the dog, foul-smelling, excessive discharge from the ear and reddened skin in the ear. A nourishing balm for the skin in the ear does no harm, especially after a possible ear infection. Ears and eyes do not have to be cleaned and checked daily, but they do need to be cleaned at regular intervals.

 

Care for paws and cut claws

 

  • Acquisitions: Paw care products, claw scissors

 

Rough, cracked paw skin can become a painful problem for dogs. That is why you should take good care of your paws, especially in the cold season. Playing in the snow is a great experience for many dogs, but not running on salty paths. The dog owner can make their own property free of ice with a special de-icing salt suitable for dogs; However, contact with aggressive road salt can hardly be avoided on public sidewalks and streets. That is why you should adapt the walking tour and switch to unsalted paths. Should it come into contact with salt, the paws must be washed off afterwards and treated with a care product, otherwise the skin will tear, calluses and cracks will form, which cause pain. Even in summer, paw care must be taken seriously - with regard to broken splinters, stones and the like, but also cracks and cuts. Please check the claws again and again for length and integrity. For example, you can hear it on a tiled floor when the dog has claws that are too long - or you notice from constant chewing on the paws that something is bothering him. Then at the latest there is a need for action.

 

Parasites: prophylaxis and control

 

  • Acquisitions: Prophylaxis sprays or tinctures, "tick forceps", wound care products

 

No dog is immune to ticks and fleas, mites and all kinds of other animals. There is never any security against insect bites either. Collars with a suitable scent to keep the parasites away are a possibility, but they only really work in the neck area. Ticks and the like find it easy to settle in other parts of the body, especially in larger dogs. That is why sprays and tinctures, but also oils (for example coconut oil) are actually the better alternative, as they can be spread over the whole body, including the chest, stomach and bottom. It is important to check after the walk, tick bites must be treated immediately by removing the parasite and treating the bite wound with a suitable agent. Please only use suitable tools that can remove the tick painlessly and without tearing, crushing or other errors. Insect bites should also be treated so that they are caring and itch-relieving. In the event of a flea infestation, make sure not to use a so-called ambient spray for the animal. This is used for cups and the like, but not for the dog itself.

 

Dog care is a complex topic for which there are no general instructions. Differences arise from breed and attitude.