Dog grooming is essential, but there is much more to do than brushing and washing. Learn about more vital components of dog grooming to take care of your puppy properly.
Dog grooming involves much more than simply giving your dog the occasional bath and brushing your dog’s coat. Cleaning your dog’s ears is also very important and you may have to do even grosser jobs like expressing anal sacs. You can perform many dog grooming methods on your own, but remember that professional help is available when you need it.
Identify Your Dog Has Ear Issue:
Problems with ears are all too common for many a dog. Some pups never develop any issues with ears. Certain types of dogs, in particular hounds and sporting animals that have droopy ears, often get ear infections. These types of ears become a breeding ground for bacteria and mites.
All dogs even those without drooped ears need grooming that includes ear cleaning. If you smell something near the dog’s ears, there could be an infection. Those who own dogs, particularly poodles, frequently go about plucking and yanking the hair from their dog’s ears and that hurts.
Your dog may hate it, but if there’s a lot of hair and infection, plucking may be necessary, so talk to your vet.
Make it Easier to Clean Your Dog’s Ears:
It’s going to be hard to make this an experience the dog will like. But you can follow these suggestions so your dog is as comfortable as he or she can be. Hold your dog’s ears, touch them, flip them if they’re long and look into them so he gets used to being handled there. Wait until he’s a little tired to clean them out.
The ears will get pulled less if the dog isn’t fighting weekly. If you procrastinate with your dog’s ear cleanings, the process will be longer and more problematic. Keep a stash of snacks nearby to reward him for being good.
He deserves a treat even if he just let’s you get near his ears. Don’t ever tug on the dog’s ears or bump them if at all possible. Your dog will always remember the pain of you hurting their ears the last time and will avoid you cleaning them again in the future.
Gather The Tools For The Job First:
Put all your equipment together prior to starting the ear cleaning. Doing this is going to make the process of ear-cleaning go much more smooth. Keeping everything you need in a central location will be what makes for a positive experience as opposed to a bad one.
Avoid using any products with insecticides. A groomers’ supply store is a perfect place to find optic solution. Be sure to use sterile products like gauze, cotton swabs and sponges as a way to remove the solution.
It’s pretty simple to clean the dog’s ears. Go slowly, so you don’t go too deeply into the ear. Just hold the dog’s head in a gentle way so the ear is easy to get to, usually while you sit down next to him or her.
Put some of the ear solution into the ear and massage it into the ear canal. Wipe away the excess with a sponge or piece of sterile gauze that you can wrap around forceps or clamp if you’d like.
See Your Vet For Serious Issues:
You might think man’s best friend is easy to care for, but you should be warned: Dogs are especially susceptible to irritation from chemicals, infections and pests. You won’t want to use any insecticides or mite treatments because they may cause an irritation for your pet.
Your dog’s ears are very sensitive and should you notice anything resembling coffee grounds, waxy buildups, or mites, make sure you take your dog to the vet. While your dog’s ears are exposed, be extremely careful to trim long hair from the openings of his or her ear as excess hair could cause an ear infection.
The most important thing is to keep an eye on your dog’s behavior and physical appearance for any signs of ear problems. Report any problems to your vet immediately. Things like ear blisters, scrapes, crusty or red spots; too much wax that is red or black; ears that smell bad or seeing the dog shaking her head a lot or pawing at the ear are; or if your dog is yelping if you try to touch that spot.
Be Prepared For The Less Fun Tasks:
If the dog has all of a sudden began to wipe his hind section on your carpeting, you might have the questionable task of having to assist your dog in removing fluid from the anal sacs. Many of you may think that dog grooming is a bore. Well that is probably before you realized that dogs occasionally need to have their anal glands emptied.
These sacs are location by the side of the dogs anus and carry rather smelly fluids. Some dogs are capable of expressing themselves whenever they need to poop, but from time to time the dog may not be able to do so themselves.
When the glands fill up with fluid it becomes your job to help release these fluids/material. Some dogs will require you to perform this more often than others. All dogs have anal sacs near their rectum. These sacs occasionally become clogged, which can cause infection.
Learn to Recognize The Sings:
Watch for signs your dog has some sort of anal sac distress by noting if he ‘scoots’ his rear end on the ground or carpet, or if he constantly gnaws at his anal area. You can relieve his discomfort by ‘expressing’ his anal glands.
You can perform this procedure yourself, but it’s best to get a vets guidance before attempting for the first time, as improper technique can cause further complications. When you’re bathing your dog, you can try to express their anal sacs.
This will give you a chance to wash away the foul smelling liquid and it won’t matter if it misses your paper towel. All you need to do this is your thumb, forefinger and gloves. It is a fairly simple action, though you may want someone to hold your dog’s head still.
Now you know more about common dog grooming issues. Some of these methods are easy enough to take care of on your own, but if your dog has issues that are concerning you should take them to see a vet as soon as you can. For other more yucky jobs like expressing anal sacs, you may wish to enlist the help of a professional so you don’t have to do it yourself.
Whatever you do, just take good care of your dog to keep your pooch happy and healthy!