- Posted March 3, 2014 by
A Geelong Vet Shares Do-It-Yourself Tips For Dog Grooming
Dog grooming can definitely be a very hard task to accomplish. The problem is that dogs will just find it naturally difficult to stay still very long. And pet owners may sometimes have no idea how to cut the nails of their dogs or how to clean the canine’s nose and ears. The owners may even not want to carry out such tasks for fear of hurting their beloved pooches.
A Geelong vet shares, however, that pet owners, can groom their dogs themselves at home, if it only entails simple trimming or cleaning of the canine’s body parts. After all, not all of these tasks does not take too long and that difficult to carry out and most of the time, they need to be done several times a week. These grooming tasks include regular cleaning of the dog’s eyes, ears and nose and trimming of its hair or fur.
To start off, when grooming a dog, it would be best to have someone to help you out. Your companion can hold the dog if you are having a hard time getting the pooch to stay still. Also, it is very advisable to have some treats such as your pet’s favourite snack or toy so that the dog can have something to play with while you carry out these grooming tasks.
When it comes to cleaning a canine’s eyes, this has to be done frequently and carefully, to avoid hurting this sensitive body part. Always use a damp soft cloth to wipe away secretion from the dog’s eyes. Also, to better take care of a pooch’s sense of sight, make sure that no fur or hair covers or touches the eyes.
To clean a dog’s ear, use a wet cotton ball to wipe the insides of the pet’s ear flaps. Only clean the surface of the ear that can be seen or is very visible. Never push the cotton balls too deep inside the dog’s ear since doing so will damage its lobes.
Next, when cleaning the dog’s nose, again, use a clean, damp and soft cloth to wipe off any dirt or discharge. You can add a mild soap on the cloth when cleaning the dog’s nose but be sure to rinse it off properly as well. If the dog’s nose has long hair growing from it, you can use a pair of scissors to trim them.
Lastly, when it comes to trimming a dog’s fur, clip the hair as close to the body as possible. Expert vets and groomers say to only leave at least half an inch or more of fur, to still leave the dog protection from the elements. Also, you need to start trimming the hair from the dog’s shoulders, going down to its tail. If you see some hair that is not consistent to its body, cut that, too.