July 19, 2008
Furminator

Animals shed to get rid of old, damaged, or extra hair. They normally grow a heavy coat in the winter to help insulate themselves and then shed the extra hair in the summer. However, dogs will also shed broken or damaged hair, and if their skin is irritated from conditions such as allergies, they will also shed excessively. Read these tips for keeping your dog’s skin and hair healthy to reduce shedding as well as effectively removing the hair.

STEP 1) Bathe your dog regularly. Try using a gentle oatmeal shampoo. A clean dog means a healthier coat, which means less shedding.
STEP 2) Brush your pet! Slicker brushes and blades are specific made for the types of coats that shed excessively.  Use a tool like the furminator to get rid of that dead undercoat.
STEP 3) Try giving your dog vitamins to keep thier coat healthy and strong. A stronger fur means less scratching, less thinning, less shedding.
STEP 4) If your pet is scratching because of tics and fleas, you will notice a lot more hair around the house. keep it under control with supplements like vita caps and biotin. Always have your pet wear a collar as well.
STEP 5) Pay attention to your dog’s diet. table food is the worst thing you can do for their shedding and health. I am not talking about a cut up chicken breast but some people, all they give them is table food. Not good. Dogs do not need fat from steak or pork chops or ribs.
STEP 6)  Feed an appropriate pet food. A pet’ s coat is often a reflection of what they eat. Feed a high quality food with good digestible protein sources

Grooming Man’s Best Friend

Author: gibbywmu
July 18, 2008
Shaggy Dog

 Proper grooming for your dog does not only have aesthetic purposes but also adds to your pet’s holistic growth – physical and psychological. Since dog hair can interlace due to dirt and grime in the coat forming mats and tangles, they would need to be groomed to keep proper hygiene. Plus grooming generates more bonding time with your pet, creating a stronger relationship.

It is best to train your dog to be groomed at an early age. But, an untrained dog can still be taught to accept all the attention. Train your pet to get used to his body parts being handled and brushed, and if you are having trouble, always be sure to reward him afterwards by giving him dog treats, like bully sticks

You need not go to a professional groomer, but if you don’t have the time or the interest to groom your dog, be sure to select a groomer that handles the animals gently.


July 18, 2008

Grooming

by Rose Lenk

Brush your dog often

Brushing will stimulate oils in your pets skin & keep it moist & healthy. Brushing will prevent matting of your dogs coat. Brushing is a great way to show your dog attention. Brushing eliminates dead hair in the coat that contributes to shedding, so use tools like the furminator to get the job done right.

Maintain the length of your dogs nails

You can walk your dog often to wear down nails. Clip your dogs nails on a regular basis. If they are cut too short they can bleed & sting. Groomers usually charge a little less than veterinarians to cut nails. If you believe your dog will be aggressive about getting their nails cut it is best to take them to the veterinarian.

Bathe your dog regularly

Buy dog shampoos & conditioners from pet stores. Do not use flea & tick shampoos unless your pet needs them, they can dry out your pets skin. Be sure to rinse your dog thoroughly, leaving soap on skin can cause problems. Bathing a dog with knots & mats will worsen them, be sure to eliminate these before or immediately after the bath. When drying your dog use low heat. Dogs are sensitive to burning, keep this in mind while adjusting water temperature. Bathing your dog will cut down on chances of infestations of fleas & ticks. Place cotton in your dogs ears before bathing. Often water in the ears can lead to ear infections. By washing away dead hair, regular bathing reduces shedding of your dogs coat.

Keep your dogs ears clean

Do this with dog ear cleaner bought from any pet store. Put a small amount of ear cleaner on a cotton ball and swab outer surface of the inner ear. Keeping your dogs ears clean & dry will reduce chance of ear infections & ear mites. You can also buy ear wipes from any pet store to keep your dogs ears clean. Dog groomers & veterinarians can also clean your pets ears for you. Many longhaired dogs grow hair in their ears that needs to be pulled to prevent ear infections. This hair can be gently pulled out with hemostats. Most people leave this to their groomer or vet.