When Fido starts to smell it’s time for a bath, right? STOP!! Let me tell you that before I learned how to groom dogs I didn’t know I had to do a check-up first. This 5 steps inspection before the bath will help you discover any condition that might require medical attention and a cheaper vet bill (Alleluia!)
You can do this check list in whatever order you’ll like but I prefer to start from the top to the bottom. Let’s dig in:
Ears. Your dog's ears also help maintain it's normal body temperature by radiating excess body heat so we have to take care good care of them. Ear infections are one of the most common illness in dogs. It might be because they got wet, or your dog is allergic to its surroundings, or even bacteria. The most common red flags for an ear infection are:
Eyes. Find a brightly lit area so you can take a better look to their eyes. They should be clear and bright. These are signs that something might be wrong with them:
Snout. Meaning nose, gums, and teeth.
1) Nose- If your dog's nose runs, the mucus should be clear. If your dog’s nose has bubbly, thick, yellow, green or even black mucus, see your veterinarian ASAP.
Also, if it’s cracked, has scabs or sores, they may have a skin disorder.
2) Gums- Problem gums can produce powerful odors. Lift the mouth flaps and look at gums. Red, swollen gums may be infected.
3) Teeth- It doesn’t matter if you clean their teeth or not. These are your red flags to go and see a vet:
Coat and skin. A healthy coat should be shiny and smooth, not brittle, matted, or coarse, and healthy skin should be supple and clear, not greasy, flaky or bumpy.
Also, check the body for fleas and ticks. Other favorite body parts of this parasites are under his legs (armpits), belly, chest, tail, between his toes and pads of his feet and the front of the neck and chin.
That should take you a while. Use a comb to help you out but nothing will compare to your hands when trying to find these creatures. You might end up finding none or an infestation. Either way you have to bath your pet with flea and tick shampoo, either for prevention or before removing the parasites (it would be easier this way).
You can find an awesome guide on how to remove ticks of your dog on WikiHow
Nails. Make sure to leave a space between the quick (vein and nerve that feed their toes). Usually, you don’t have to clip the nails on the rear legs but some genetics will add extra toes called dewclaws to them. They tend to have little bone or muscle structure in most breeds. It is normal, although not biologically necessary.
There is an Italian study that says this extra toe is due to a mix between a wolf and a dog, you can read more about it here.
If this nail doesn’t have a contact with the floor, you have to clip it constantly to prevent to grow and start curling between the toe and the leg (no funny business). A vet can remove this if it doesn’t have a bone connection and if the dog is not older than approximately 5 years old.
Also dogs may suffer from extremely brittle nails, or have nails that slough, peel, or chip away excessively. Most nail or nail bed disorders can be resolve in a relatively short amount of time. Pet MD, digital magazine has an amazing article about this here
That is all folks!
You are a smart and loving owner who wants what it’s best for your pooch so I hope these tips expanded your vision on proper dog grooming at home. Let other owners into this secret technique and share this content with the world.
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