Grooming Your Dog

July 25, 2011

Grooming has many benefits other than having an odor-free companion whose coat is a joy to touch. (Although that’s great too.)

Brushing your dog’s teeth prevents all kinds of unpleasant health problems that have nothing to do with dog breath. Keeping nails trimmed allows your dog to move around comfortably. Cutting any hair that falls into the eye can prevent eye irritatation; keeping ear hair trimmed can help prevent ear infections.

There’s also the cleanliness factor. Bathing keeps dirt from being tracked all over your home. Grooming alleviates fleas, which can cause health problems for both you and your dog. Trimmed nails won’t mark your flooring.

But just as important is the bonding that takes place when you spend time running your hands over your dog’s body while you groom. Your dog will love the concentrated attention from you.

Basic tools

Any pet supply store will stock the basic grooming supplies you’ll need:

  • Brush
  • Nail clipper
  • Shampoo
  • Flea control
  • Dog toothpaste and toothbrush

Depending on your dog’s coat, you’ll need a specific type of brush or a flea comb, most of which are available at good pet supply stores. Certain flea prevention products and toothpastes are only available at your veterinarian’s office. If you’re not sure which tools are best for your dog, a talk with your vet will help you get started.

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