Why dog grooming is important

We all love our furry friends, but sometimes pet grooming, to many of us, seems to be not so tempting, especially for dogs as they are super playful and never sit still for a grooming time. In fact, while we underestimate the benefits of grooming, or sometimes we even misunderstand that grooming is just giving your dogs few swipes of brush, dog grooming is substantially important to the pets’ health and happiness; and yes, dog grooming includes taking care of your dog’s various body parts such as nails, teeth, skin, eyes, and coat.

Dog grooming benefits both the pets and owners in several ways. First of all, the most well-known benefit is that dog grooming improves your dog’s appearance. Grooming helps to remove dirt and maintains natural cleanliness for your dog. For example, brushing not only removes dirt and dead hair, but also removes dandruff. Additionally, natural oils in dog’s fur are secreted while being regularly brushed. These natural oils then spread all over the fur and give the coat a healthy sheen. Moreover, a clean and well-groomed dog is more attractive. Now you may think that being attractive for a dog should not be so essential at all, but it does actually have a psychological effect on your dog. As more people will be more likely to interact with a clean dog, your dog, in fact, will have more opportunities to socialize. Thus, dog grooming improves not only your dog’s physical health and appearance but also his or her mental health. More article about how to take care of your dog on crittersitca.com

Benefit From Dog Grooming

To continue with the cleanliness, your dogs are not the only ones who benefit from dog grooming. You, as a house owner, will also greatly benefit from grooming. When being regularly brushed and groomed, your dog will less likely to leave hair and dirt in your home, especially your furnitures such as sofas, beds, curtains, and so on. Hence, you can eliminate more allergens derived from your pets in your home. Now if you have a visitor coming and he or she is prone to allergies, although grooming cannot help to remove perfectly hair and dander that act as allergens, at least grooming helps to make your home a safer place for your visitor.

Next, dog grooming can also act as a health check for your dog. The time you brush or comb your dog is the best time to identify any abnormal bumps or lumps on his skin. The same concept applies to other body parts such as teeth or nails. During dog grooming, you can also also find out any bleeding wound or bad breath that indicate a health problem. Regular grooming is one of the best ways to discover potential health issues in a timely manner so you can bring your dog to the veterinarian for further help before these health issues start to worsen.

So now you may have gained a better understanding on how dog grooming is tremendously essential. Let’s talk about how you can effectively groom your dog so that you can save your time and effort. There are various pet care services that offer professional grooming services for your pets. However, the cost could be not so affordable for regular visits. Hence, another highly recommended option is DIY grooming at home with supporting tools and equipment. Few tools you can get for dog grooming at home are a dog clipper for grooming hair, a nail clipper, brushes, and so on. With some proper research, you can get these tools at a very affordable price.

Start Grooming Your Dog

After having the tools on hand, you can start grooming your dog. Don’t forget to take care of other body parts besides brushing the coat. For example, cleaning the ears is important as well. They should be clean and odor-free. While cleaning the ears, you should also check for infections and parasites by identifying red spots, unpleasant odor, or other signs. After the ears, you can move on to the eyes. Your dog’s eyes should be bright and clear. Any hair obstructing your dog’s eyesight should be trimmed or removed. Then, when it comes to the nails, trimming the pet’s nails is one of the most basics. Your dog’s nails may get sharp if not being trimmed regularly, and sharp nails can highly increase the risk of injury for you and your dog. Therefore, even though you may not have time for full-body grooming, do trim your dog’s nails once in a while to make sure your pet would not hurt himself with his nails. Last but not least, you should also check their teeth for any bad breath or gum diseases. As dog grooming allows you to do a mostly comprehensive check of your dog’s overall health, you should do grooming often so that you can discover immediately any abnormalities and cure them in time.

In short, dog grooming is not necessarily a painful chore. It is understandable that it may be difficult at first to train your dog to stay still for grooming, but once you get used to it, the benefits you get for you and your dogs are priceless. After all, dog grooming is just an occasion to enjoy a good time with your furry friend while keeping him in a good shape. So why not?

My dog eats our new dog’s feces. What can I do

Q – My dog eats our new dog’s feces. What can I do?

A – “Usually this is a normal, although obviously disgusting, behavior. Assuming the pet is on a good diet, there are 2 suggestions I have for you. I would make sure the pet is taking a good multivitamin-mineral/health maintenance formula (my favorite is PetCentrx “Vim & Vigor” formula by Pet Togethers)

I would also add additional enzymes that increase digestion of the food, as your pet may have decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients. If adding these 2 supplements to the food do not result in improvement in 1-2 weeks, consider adding a product like Forbid to both dogs’ food. This product imparts a bad taste to the dog’s feces, making it less likely your dog will eat them. Finally, make sure to dispose of any feces once they are excreted from the dog.”

Q – My older Labrador has developed arthritis. I take glucosamine for my own arthritis and it helps a lot. I was wondering if I could use the glucosamine I take and give it to my dog? Would it be better to use a supplement made for dogs? Is there any difference

A – “This is a question I get asked a lot. First, I would make sure that you are taking a high quality supplement. There are many companies which now make supplements, but in my opinion many of them are not making quality products. Therefore, I would make sure that the product you use has been recommended by your own doctor. Also realize that there are 3 basic forms of glucosamine that can be made into supplements. Once again checking with your own doctor will assure you’re using the correct form. To answer your question, assuming you’re using the correct form of glucosamine, and that the product you use is a high quality product, there is no difference between “people” glucosamine and “pet” glucosamine. However, I usually prefer pet products for a few reason. First, they are specifically formulated for pets. The products I use also contain other ingredients (such as anti-inflammatory herbs and other joint supplements) that work better than “plain glucosamine.” Second, the products are often formulated in a flavored base (powder or chewable treat) which makes is easier to give to your pet. Finally, the products are made in the correct dose for pets, which also makes them cost effective. The best way to compare cost is to look at the “per dose” cost, not the “per product” cost. While one product may cost less than another product, it’s been my experience that more of the cheaper product may need to be given per day, which actually makes the “cheaper” product cost more on a “per dose” basis.”

Notes from Dr. Shawn:

My new book, The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, is now available! Read about this now at www.petcarenaturally.com
Make sure you read the appendices about my program to minimize the chances of your healthy pet getting cancer. Also included in the book is information about the proper diet to feed pets with cancer, supplements that can help prevent and treat cancer, supplements that make chemotherapy more effective and safer, how and when to use conventional cancer therapies safely, common cancers and their treatments, and how to control pain in the pet with cancer.

My currently recommended book for you to look at on my site is one of my favorite books that I have written called The Allergy Solution for Dogs. It’s now the start of allergy season, and the strategies I’ve outlined in the book (using supplements, herbs, fatty acids, antioxidants, and bathing) will help you say NO to drugs this year. Start now BEFORE your dog or cat (yes, cat lover’s can find tons of helpful hints in the book as well) itches! You can check it out, along with all of my recommended books at www.petcarenaturally.com/books.php

Be sure to listen to my show, Dr. Shawn-The Natural Vet show, on Martha Stewart Radio Sirius Channel 112, live every Tuesday night at 7-9 PM CST.