Diy Dog Grooming at Home

Diy Dog Grooming  at Home
    Diy Dog Grooming  at Home

    Diy Dog Grooming  at Home
    While some jobs are best left to the professionals (such as clipping, if you’re not con dent), many of your pet’s grooming needs
    can be met at home. Spending time sprucing up your dog or cat is necessary to maintain their appearance and help prevent eye, ear, skin, teeth and nail infections, as well as early detection of skin problems.

    A general rule of thumb when it comes to the “how often” you need to wash your dog is when they start to smell, though Janelle says most healthy dogs will bene t from having a bath every two to four weeks and being brushed on a daily or weekly basis, depending on their breed and age. “Some breeds have oily or thick coats — for example, Basset Hounds — and they’ll bene t from a weekly wash. Other breeds with water-repellent coats or very short hair will require less-frequent washes, and regular brushing will mean they require even less frequent washing,” she says.
    Dogs with active lives that include plenty of mud puddles or splashing in water may also need to up the ante in the bath department to help remove dirt and debris that can build up in fur and on the skin. On the flipside, dogs with skin allergies or sensitive skin should be bathed as infrequently as possible, with vet recommended products. “It’s important to know the right frequency for your pet’s breed as too much or too little washing can create or exacerbate skin conditions,” Janelle
    advises. Sensitive skin can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain for your pet and should always be assessed by your vet, who can advise you about the best type of product to use as well as how frequently you should wash — and give you tips on grooming techniques that won’t irritate the condition further.
    When it comes to technique, this is going to depend on your dog. Some dogs actively dislike being washed, others love it and some will take a “grin and bear it” approach. For those that don’t enjoy it, prepare as much as you can out of their sight to reduce their anxiety (run the warm water, fill jugs with water for rinsing as the running tap noise can make them nervous,
    get your shampoos, conditioner and towels ready to go). Once they are in, use a soothing
    voice and steady, quick hands and stay calm —they will feed off any stress you exhibit.
    Those that grin and bear it will benefit from the same approach; keep it matter-of-fact and they will, too! And if you have a large dog that you struggle to bathe at home, many vets and pet stores offer large DIY dog wash units that are simple to use and purpose-built to get them in and out with minimal fuss.

    Other grooming factors
    Tear stains are a common occurrence for some breeds and may cause brown stains if you don’t stay on top of them. A good tear-stain remover or wipes can be used daily as a treatment and a preventative to get rid of the dust, dirt, and gunk that contribute to the brown stains developing.
    “Only use products specifically made for pets as human products may be dangerous to them,” Janelle says. If the staining is a rust color or persists, ask your vet for advice as it can be a sign of a more serious health issue.
    Ears will also need regular cleaning — ideally once a fortnight to prevent buildup. You’ll need ear wipes or cotton balls (cotton tips can damage the ear canal), a gentle cleaning solution designed to dissolve wax and debris, plus treats.
    If possible, Janelle also recommends a second pair of hands as dogs generally do not enjoy having their ears cleaned; if someone can gently hold them in place, it will make for a calmer process. Once you’re ready to start,
    dribble the recommended amount of cleaning solution into the ear canal and massage the area for 20 seconds to loosen debris. Let your pet shake their head, then use an ear wipe or cotton ball to gently clean the earlap and the opening of the ear canal.
    “If you see what looks like brown of ee grounds at the opening of your pet’s ear canal, it may mean your dog has mites. If you notice this, or the ears have a bad odor, swelling, or there are signs of pain when you touch the ear,
    see your vet,” Janelle advises.
    Clipping is strictly for the confident and should be tackled by an expert — your dog is
    likely to resist, especially in the early days, and this can lead to injury with a less-than-steady
    hand. If you’ve decided to give it a go, invest in clippers designed to handle your dog’s coat type; a weak clipper will not cut the hair and will likely cause a lot of stress in the process.
    Take it slowly and gently, understanding it may take a few goes until you both get it right, plus keeping your dog calm is more important in the long run than getting the perfect cut.
    Place the flat side of the blade so that it runs over the surface of your dog’s body (clippers should be run according to the direction of the coat) and always keep the clipper blade flat against their body to avoid cutting into the skin.

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