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Dog Grooming Tips

June 11th 2008 14:23
Gromming your dog is very important for the health and well-being of the dog. A well groomed dog not only looks healthier but is healthier. By regularly grooming your dog, you can easily prevent dental disease, fleas and ticks, and so much more.

The first step to grooming your dog is bathing him. You want to choose an all-natural dog shampoo that is free of chemicals that can potentially irritate your dog's skin. By bathing your dog you can remove the unnecessary oils that can cause oily skin; you can also help alleviate dry skin, which can cause dandruff and itching.


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Brushing your dog with an appropriate brush and/or comb will help remove tangles, which can grow into matts. Matts and tangles pull at your dogs skin making walking and every day activities uncomfortable. Also, by regularly brushing your dog, you move around the natural oils that build up, which deter fleas from setting grounds.

You also want to keep a pair of electric clippers on hand, even if you have a short coated dog. You can use small clippers for small emergencies. If you dog has a cut, you can shave around the cut so that you can clean it up. Or if your dog has something stuck in his coat, you can shave the area to better assess the situation. But, remember that you should only do small exams while at home, and always contact a vet.


Cutting your dog's nails is another important grooming aspect. You don't want to let the nails get overgrown, as it can make walking uncomfortable and even painful. You want to purchase the right pair of nail clippers, whether they're the guillotene style, scissor action, or electric. Yes, you can purchase electric nail clippers; well, they're more or less a rotary dremel tool manufactured for pets. They're a great way to get your dog's nails super short; the heat pushes the quick back so you can use them more often in order to get the nail super short. Otherwise, you may want to purchase the "quick detecting" nail clipers, or just regular nail clippers. It's up to you, but trimming your dog's nails is very important.

And, lastly for now, is brushing your dog's teeth. By purchasing a dog safe, vet approved toothbrush and toothpaste and brushing your dog's teeth daily, you are helping to prevent dental disease.

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Comment by OZsavers

April 18th 2012 02:10
Brushing my dog's teeth is easier than making her stay put for fur clipping. Need to research good dog clippers for frisky dogs (if there is one). I suppose it would be a quiet motor? I found one in OZsavers. Can anyone tell me if it's any good?

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