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Have you ever asked yourself how to make your dog look 10 years younger? Your dog is your best friend, he will be with you for life, so take care of his appearance as it reflects on your relationship. Dogs have a shorter life expectancy than humans, so grooming and keeping your dog clean and free from parasites will go a long way in extending his life.
Grooming and maintaining a healthy coat is one of the best things you can do for your dog’s health and appearance. A well-groomed dog has a shinier, lusterous coat which is less prone to parasites and other problems. Regular brushing removes dead hair and stimulates new hair growth. The coat is smoother, softer and healthier.
Dogs shed their hair about every three weeks. Most often, they shed around their tail and legs. This is normal and does not mean that your dog is sick or has some type of skin irritation. It is important to understand that dogs do not have a “trim-down-weekend” like many humans do. Over-grooming your dog can lead to matting of the coat and various health problems. It is best to allow his coat to grow out naturally.
Bathing is not necessary, but if you choose to bathe your dog, do so once a month. Use a mild soap and a soft brush. You should brush all the hair off his body, including his face and ears.
You should avoid using an electric brush as it can cause an electrolyte imbalance in your dog. If you notice any sores or bumps on his skin, stop brushing him immediately. These could be signs of parasites or another type of problem. Contact your vet immediately.
Dogs have a very different sense of smell than humans. We often use a damp cloth to wipe our dogs after they have gone to the bathroom. This is not necessary, but if you choose to do so, do so only after his “sanitary period” which is about two weeks.
This will remove the scent from his coat which will make it easier for him to “mask” the scent of other dogs and people. You should avoid using a fabric softener when washing your dog’s coat. It will actually dry his coat out and make it harder for him to keep healthy and shiny.
Make your dog look 10 years younger
Use a comb or a brush to remove dead hair and knots from his coat. Make sure you don’t pull too hard or yank on the hair. This can lead to matting or breaking of the hair. This will also cause various health problems. Use a firm hand when combing or brushing his coat. A light touch is best.
Most often, dogs do not need to be trimmed. If they have long hair, you should try to keep it away from your furniture. This can lead to it getting tangled and creating an unwanted matting. Trimming is not necessary but if your dog has a short coat, you should try to keep it neat and tidy. This will make him appear neater and give him a healthier appearance.
Bathing and Grooming: How Often?
Dogs, just like humans, need to bathe every month. This will remove dead skin cells and other debris that can cause irritation. Use a mild soap and a soft brush. You should brush all the hair off his body, including his face and ears. You should avoid using an electric brush as it can cause an electrolyte imbalance in your dog. If you notice any sores or bumps on his skin, stop brushing him immediately. These could be signs of parasites or another type of problem. Contact your vet immediately.
Using A Razor Or Scissors?
Never use a razor or scissors to get rid of knots or mats in your dog’s coat. This can lead to cutting or nicking the skin. If this happens, the wound may become infected and your dog could become very sick or even die.
How To Prevent Hairballs?
Hairballs are actually a natural part of your dog’s grooming process. They are formed when the hair on his coat becomes so long and thick that it starts to get entangled with itself. This creates a sort of “ball” of hair that is almost impossible to remove. It is important to understand that your dog does not have a “trim-down-week.