How to Keep Your Pet Dog’s Coat Healthy

How to Keep Your Pet Dog’s Coat Healthy

Every pet dog needs a good grooming regimen. Ensure that your pet has a healthy skin and coat. This is an essential part of the upkeep of a healthy dog. The amount of care your pet needs will vary, but regular cleaning sessions are essential.

You can have this done by professionals. Seek out reputable groomers in your locality. Check with your veterinarian, your local pet specialty store or other pet owners. Experienced groomers are usually well trained and familiar with the needs of your particular breed of dog. In addition to fur care, they’ll also clean your dog’s ears and cut his nails.

On the other hand, you can also choose to groom your dog yourself, fully or in part. This is an excellent opportunity to spend time and the perfect bonding experience with your dog. Dogs love the attention of a good brushing.

Health and Appearance

A healthy dog will have a coat that is soft and relatively smooth even on short or wired hair breeds. The coat should not give out a strong odor and should be shiny without being greasy.

A dog with that has a unhealthy coat will have lots of loose hair and quite a lot dry and brittle hair in its coat. The coat, in general, may also be greasy or have a dusty appearance along with bald spots and an unpleasant oily smell.

Bathing Dogs

  • In general, dogs are content without a bath. The “Doggy Smell” is mostly caused by a buildup of bacteria and oil on a dog’s coat. Bathing will eliminate this.
  • Avoid “over-bathing, ” as it can lead to dry skin and irritation. Don’t bathe a dog more than once a month, unless your pet is particularly prone to getting dirty.
  • It’s not advisable to use shampoo designed for people. Baby shampoo might be gentle and won’t irritate the eyes, but is so mild that it won’t remove heavy grime or grease.
  • Purchasing cleaning products formulated for your particular breed is ideal.

 

Nutrition

Hair is mostly made of protein, and one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy coat is nutrition. The better your pet’s food, the better will be his coat. Foods rich in essential fatty acids are good for your dog’s fur coat. If your dog shows signs of trouble with his coat or skin, the problem might lie with his diet.

Taking Care of the Fur coat

Needless to say, brushing at regular intervals is the most important part of grooming a pet dog.

As dogs prone to shedding, their fur coat should be brushed once a week.

Long-haired breeds — such as Irish setters, border collies, shelties, and Pomeranians — need to be brushed twice a week.

Short-haired breeds benefit from regular grooming as well.

There are as many different types of brushes as there are types of coats on a dog. Brushing requires the appropriate tools. Ideally, you will require two brushes: a wide spaced teeth for the outer layer of the coat and a finer brush for the face.

Your local pet specialty store is sure to stock these. You can also ask your veterinarian or fellow dog owners for recommendations.blue-dog_mini-1000x1000

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HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE ABOUT YOUR DOG EATING CHOCOLATES

HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE ABOUT YOUR DOG EATING CHOCOLATES

There are a lot of diet and food related myths out there for both humans as well as for dogs. The one about chocolates and dogs is unfortunately not one of them. Why unfortunate, you might ask. Because well, chocolate is to dogs what alcohol is to us, humans. Both are great tasting, addictive and often impossible to refuse. And chocolate is more often than not, freely available within the reach of our dogs in the household. Not a welcome combination by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Most Chocolates contain very high amounts fats and sugars, which are unhealthy not just for dogs, but also for their masters! But it is the stimulants, the active ingredients within cocoa that are quite similar to caffeine, that pose the greatest threat to our four-legged friends. For us humans though, chemicals like theobromine and methylxanthines stimulate our nerves and make us feel happy and great. But dogs are unable to process these chemicals the same way we do, and thus dangerously toxic levels of these stimulants can build up in their body in a very short amount of time, causing severe poisoning.

 

Theobromine poisoning is very dangerous and can lead to serious clinical effects and even death in canines. If your dog has ingested a significant amount of theobromine, it will suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, excessive panting, urination and thirst, irregular heart rhythms, tremors and seizures and in severe cases, death. The amount of chocolate required to cause these symptoms varies depending on the size of pooch as well as the kind and type of chocolate ingested. A chihuahua might fall ill after taking a few bites off a chocolate chip cookie. A Great Dane will probably have to wolf down a whole bag of choco-chips to get similar effects.

 

Much more than sheer quantity, the quality and type of chocolate consumed can mean a difference between life and death for a dog. Cheaper common milk chocolates and white chocolates tend to have more fat and sugar and lesser percentages of cocoa. The fat and sugar will probably give your dog a bout of tummy trouble, but the severity of theobromine poisoning will be less. Severe, but still lesser than in the case of darker and bitter chocolates. These have much higher concentrations of cocoa and can be considered highly dangerous and potentially lethal. For all practical purposes, such chocolates can be regarded as dog poison.

 

It doesn’t matter if your dogs love the taste of chocolate and keep asking for it with those big, imploring eyes. They don’t know what is right for them, but you do. And their well being is your responsibility. Please refrain from giving them chocolates as treats and always make sure that the stuff is well out of their reach. If you see them eating chocolates, or have reason to suspect that they might have done so, call your vet at once. If it involves significant amounts of dark chocolate, rush to the clinic. Your dog’s life will depend on it, for sure.chocolate-1024

CANINE DENTAL HYGIENE: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DOG’S TEETH AT HOME

CANINE DENTAL HYGIENE: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DOG’S TEETH AT HOME

Oral hygiene is essential for dogs as much as it is for us humans. In fact, it might actually be more critical for our four legged friends than us. This is due to the fact that unfortunately, dogs are more prone to oral infections and inflammations in the tooth and gum regions. Periodontal diseases occupy a lot of time in your vet’s schedule, with over 70% of pets getting it at some point within the first 3 years of their lives. Regular cleaning of the teeth, especially the region where the teeth meet the gums (also known as gingival sulcus) is essential to maintain your pet’s oral health and avoid potentially dangerous periodontal diseases.

 

Though vets and pet grooming professionals generally take care of these procedures as well, your dog’s oral hygiene can be easily achieved and maintained at home with some effort and training. Here is how to get it done at home:

 

  1. Get him/her used to the process: Dogs respond well to gradual and deliberate conditioning. They need to get used to your hands working on their mouth, teeth and gums. This will take time above anything else. So go about it gradually, rewarding them for allowing your hands to touch their teeth and gums while lying down. For starters, you might want to reward them for letting you lift their lips or opening their mouth. Getting them to keep still without getting excited is the key here. Use caution and plenty of positive reinforcement, since it is very easy to get bitten during this whole process, even if purely by accident.

 

  1. Get the right tools and training: if you plan on doing nothing more than brushing your pooch’s teeth and gums, getting a good brush from the pet supplies section is all the preparation you will need. Just remember to be gentle when wielding the brush! But if you want, you can go all professional on this and get a proper set of dental instruments for scaling and cleaning the gum line. After all, nothing is too much for your furball, is it? But professional tools means getting some level of formal training on handling these instruments. You can do more harm than good if your attempt to scale tartar and clean plaque without knowing how to properly use these instruments.

 

  1. You might want to knock them out: and by that we mean putting your pet under anesthesia. The best results can be achieved with professional dental instruments if you put them under anesthesia. But unfortunately, this is not an advisable practice for home use unless you have professional training in veterinary medicine. Best bet in this instance might be to head to your vet and get a comprehensive dental examination also done at the same time. An annual oral exam with dental x-rays is essential anyways.

 

So, unless you have the time and resources to commit to getting some formal training, stick to training your dog to sit still while you brush his/her teeth on a daily/regular basis. Head to your vet at least once a year for a comprehensive dental health checkup and professional oral cleaning session. If you are unable to spend time on brushing their teeth everyday, give your pets a healthy supply of rawhide chews infused with dental enzymes. These are easily available in pet stores and will help your dog keep his/her teeth and gums clean.

 

THREE REASONS WHY SHAVING YOUR DOG IN SUMMER MAY BE A BAD IDEA

THREE REASONS WHY SHAVING YOUR DOG IN SUMMER MAY BE A BAD IDEA

Okay, global warming or not, the summers aren’t getting any cooler. The heat is getting too much for us, and we don’t even have a thick coat of fur on our backs. So just imagine what our dearest four-legged friends must be going through in the sweltering summer heat! We all want the best for our darlings, so why not shave their fur off and help them cool off? It may seem like a no-brainer, but things are not that simple. Vets and grooming experts discourage the practice of completely shaving your dog’s fur. Let us take a closer look at why exactly.

Permanent Hair Loss: For starters, dog fur is NOT the same as human hair. It doesn’t grow back in the same way as ours do, nor at constant rates. In some cases, it may NEVER grow back. So think twice before taking that extreme step with your pooch. She might never be the same again. And it could cause lasting damage to her skin and health. The risk is acute for breeds with a thick double coat. For breeds with shorter single coats, like the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise, shaving can be a safe and often beneficial step. Always consult your Vet before taking any action.

A Natural Cooling System: A dog’s temperature regulation system is quite different from our own. When we look at a dog with a thick hairy coat, we often equate it to us wearing a thick winter coat. But that is the wrong analogy. Dog fur actually helps insulate their bodies from outside temperature and keeps them cool, much like a well-insulated home protects us from outside heat. Remove that coat and they are left exposed.

The risk of Sunburns and Allergies: And exposure to the sun is a strict no-no for a dog’s exposed skin. It is not as sturdy as ours and is not designed to handle direct sunlight. When you shave a dog, you are exposing its skin to the sun for the first time in its life probably. At times, even a few minutes out in the sun would be enough to give it a real bad sunburn.And a dog’s skin shorn of its protective coat is also very sensitive to dirt, pollen, mites, and allergens. Without its protective coating, the skin can fall prey to allergies and other potentially dangerous health issues.

Alternative and Tips for Beating the Heat

If you have a breed with a long fur coat,  getting some of that extra fur trimmed, preferably by a grooming expert could be a safer alternative. But in most cases, dogs usually shed excess fur on their own in summer months. Brushing their coats in these high-shedding periods will help a great deal in keeping them cool. If the mercury rises too high, a belly shave by an expert might help. That part of the body is seldom exposed to the sun, and it can be easily cooled by your dog lying down in a cool spot. Also, keep in mind the following things make summers less of a problem for your dog:

  • Don’t leave them outdoors for too long in the hot sun.
  • Keep them hydrated, with plenty of water around.
  • Never leave your dog alone in a vehicle in the middle of the day.
  • Take them out for walks and runs in mornings or evenings, not when the sun is up.

How to groom your dog at home

How to groom your dog at home

How to groom your dog at home

Grooming a dog is a job that takes effort, experience, and patience. Especially if the pet is a hairy one. No wonder many dog owners prefer to leave it to the professionals. However for pets that tend to be fidgety, it may be best to groom them at home.

You too can become an expert at cutting your dog’s hair, despite the occasional styling mishap. Hair always grows back, and eventually, any mistake will be soon covered up! Regular brushing prevents matting of hair and grooming should be performed every 6-8 weeks for dogs with continuous growth. But if your dog suffers from matting quite often, you may need to groom more often.

Tools and Equipment

  • Instead of specialized (expensive) pet clippers, you can use any style of clippers. A sharp pair of scissors is preferable for use around the paws and ears.
  • You can keep the blades clean and lubricated with some clipper spray. After you use your clippers, brush them free of hair.
  • Keep the blades sharp; the ones with plastic guards tend to snag in longer hair coats.
  • Always keep a good brush handy.
  • An elevated table will be very convenient as will be ideal to hold the dog in place.
  • Having an extra helping hand is useful for calming nervous pets.

Tips for Effective Grooming

  •  Have the session in a quiet place free from distractions and also easy to clean!
  • Bathe your dog first with dog shampoo.
  • Brush out any snags or mats once the fur is dry.
  • For restless pets, use blunt-tipped, or curved scissors.
  • Use clippers in long smooth strokes along the direction of hair growth.
  • Use scissors for trimming around the extremities: face, ears, and legs.
  • Brush against the hair growth on paws to push the hair between the toes upwards before clipping.
  • Make sure to trim hair growing over your pet’s eyes that could hamper vision.
  • Give your pet a good brush after the clipping session.

Using the clippers can be very painful for dogs with matted hair. In such instances, it is essential to de-mat first. Once such matts are done away, further maintenance of the coat by regular brushing and clipping will prevent them from developing again.

The process to take the matts off close to the skin might be too extensive and painful. Consider having your Vet give your pet a sedative or having the procedure done professionally.

Keep grooming sessions short and engage your pets with attention and treats for staying still.

If your pet is nervous, get him accustomed to the noise of the clippers first.

Keep in mind that the level of comfort for your pet is more important than the appearance. A long coat of hair provides an insulating layer that protects from heat and cold. For dogs that feel the heat, clipping excess hair can help while still providing protection from the sun.

Once you have mastered the basics, let your creativity flow and try out some of the more adventurous styling tricks. If done well, these sessions can be a rewarding experience in bonding with your pet.

Related Post: Dog Grooming Business Marketing Ideas

Dog Grooming Business Marketing Ideas

Dog Grooming Business Marketing Ideas

Dog Grooming Business Marketing Ideas

For the advertisement of your dog grooming business, it is advisable to keep your cost low. The effort that you put in and how you present it matter more than how much you spend on it. In order to grow your pet grooming business, you must make use of all opportunities. Don’t just rely on large printed banners. Hand out your cards to everyone you meet, be it a mechanic or someone in your gym.

Business Card

The Easiest way to acquire a set of business cards is through an online printing service website. You will get them delivered right to your doorstep. In these business cards, you must provide the name of your business, its address, and your contact information. You can also include the services you offer to get additional customer acquisition and engagement. Carry some cards with you all the time. You never know when you might come across a potential client. Hand these out to people who seem interested in your offerings. You can even tie up with local veterinarians to support your business by sending their customers your way. You can refer them to your clients in return.

Referral Discount

Implement various discount strategies like referral discount for your existing clients to get good recommendations. This is a long term strategy that is proven to work. By implementing strategies like these customers will be drawn to your business way more than a stagnant business.

 Free Services

Offer some charity service to the stray pets at your local pet rescue shelter. This will not just bring your name out in the pet community; you can even get endorsements from the pet shelters to send customers your way. You can put up big posters about your free grooming services to stray pets and mention that those who purchase your services will contribute to this charitable cause. Many will sympathize with this and buy your service.

Gift Bags

Handing out small, inexpensive gifts is a strong tool for marketing. This will subconsciously make the person receiving the gift indebted to you. This will make the person want to give you something back in return which in most cases is a purchase. This gift can be as inexpensive as a small drink or even a gift box for their pet with small treats and toys. Remember this trick only works for small, inexpensive gifts, not something big and obvious which will defeat the whole purpose. Subtlety is key to this trick.

 Mobile Advertising

Print out stickers about your business and paste it on your vehicle or on any other vehicle to get a mobile banner of your business. This can generate a considerable interest among the fellow onlookers and will get you additional business.