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Your Dog’s Grooming Needs

Does your canine pal run and hide when he hears the word Bath? Man’s Best Friend really doesn’t care much for his beauty treatments. However, even if your pooch absolutely hates being bathed, he probably enjoys that salon-fresh feeling he has afterwards, when he’s all soft and clean. Keeping up with your pet’s grooming needs is very important! Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet discusses basic grooming.

Bathing

Your dog’s coat will determine how often he needs to be bathed. Some pooches only need occasional baths, while others should be bathed at least once a month. Ask your vet for specific advice. Regardless of Fido’s bath schedule, be sure to use only pet shampoo. Human products are much too strong for Fido!

Brushing

Even if Fido doesn’t need to be bathed all that often, he’ll benefit from regular brushings. This will remove dead fur and dander from his coat, which will in turn help keep him warmer in summer and cooler in winter. Plus, you’ll be grabbing all that extra fur with a brush before it gets trapped everywhere. Don’t forget to work in treats, cuddles, and ear scritches, so your pooch knows he’s being pampered!

Teeth

The best way to keep Fido’s teeth healthy is to brush them, using a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. Start slowly, to get your pup used to the process. If your canine buddy isn’t having it, you can still keep his choppers healthy by using dental-formula treats, kibble, or chews; oral rinses; and/or suitable chew toys.

Ears

How often Fido will need his ears cleaned depends on what kind of ears he has. Dogs with floppy ears are more prone to infections, because the shape and moistness of their ears makes them ideal environments for yeast and infections. To clean your dog’s ears, you’ll want to use a soft cotton ball with either a doggy ear-cleaning solution or mineral oil. Massage the oil onto your pup’s ears, and then carefully wipe it away.

Claws

Don’t forget to trim your canine friend’s claws! Overgrown nails are quite uncomfortable for Fido. They can even cause him to change his gait, which is bad for his bones and joints. If you’re uneasy doing it yourself, call us to schedule a pawdicure.

Please contact us, your Wake Forest, NC veterinary clinic, for all your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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