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General grooming tactics for your dog

Some pet owners are under the assumption that grooming their dog is an unnecessary practice. That assumption, however, has the potential to cause serious health issues for the dog. Grooming is essential for keeping any breed of dog healthy and happy and usually includes bathing, hair brushing, nail trimming, ear cleaning and teeth brushing. Here is some general dog grooming tactics every dog owner should know.

Hair brushing and trimming: How often you need to brush will depend on hair type, but it's fine to brush daily if you prefer. Brushing and cutting your dog's hair will keep his coat from getting matted and will help control shedding. For brushing, bristle brushes work well for all hair types.

Bathing: A dog needs frequent bathing for his skin and hair to remain clean and healthy. How often you should bathe your dog will depend on various factors so consult your veterinarian for a recommendation. Be sure to use a shampoo made specifically for dogs. The shampoo humans use is sometimes too harsh and could irritate your pet's skin.

Nail trimming: Clipping your dog's nails will be tricky, so it's important that you take the process slow and use the correct techniques. Have a professional groomer or veterinarian teach you the correct method for nail trimming to ensure the best experience possible.

Ear cleaning: For this part of the grooming process, you will need an ear cleansing solution and possibly tweezers if your dog has too much hair in the ear canal. It is best to clean your dog's ear right before his bath, but some dogs may need more frequent cleanings depending on the breed.

Teeth brushing: Brushing your dog's teeth will prevent gum disease and bad breath. Make sure to use a pet toothbrush made specifically for your dog's mouth size as well as pet toothpaste. When brushing, start with the front teeth and work your way back and try to remove as much food residue as you can. And use Wysong Dentatreat™ for optimum oral health.

Your dog deserves the best, so keep up with regular dog grooming so your dog can enjoy a healthier life.


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