THE BASICS OF DOG HYGIENE
A good number of individuals in popular society find dogs to be such fun additions to the individual or family. It, of course, comes as no surprise. They are so notably brilliant and always make great company irrespective of if they are purchased or adopted as pets and or to be engaged for security reasons.
That said, sadly a majority of them are poorly catered for especially when it comes to hygiene. This sad level of care exposes them to such pesky organisms such as ticks, fleas and worms to mention a few. The presence of the aforementioned insects and parasites is surely capable of raising several health concerns. So how exactly can you ensure your dog’s hygiene is always at its peak?
The following are 5 Pet Care Tips that are strongly recommended by the pet health care community for dogs:
1) CLEAN TEETH IS ALWAYS A GOOD START:
Dogs are most susceptible to periodontal disease which is triggered by the accumulation of tartar on the teeth. Note, this is a disease that’s not to be taken lightly, it can develop into lethal consequences for your precious companion beginning with infections and inflammations. That said, this situation can be effectively curbed by taking appropriate measures such as brushing your dog’s teeth on a daily basis. In doing this, you might want to choose a brush that fits perfectly into your dogs mouth. Starting from the back teeth scrub through the entire dentition in circular motions.
2) KEEP THE PAWS OF YOUR DOG CLEAN:
Now, the deal with this is that the paws of your dog literally carries whatever it steps into. From excrement, mites to pollens, pesticides, dust etc. You can be sure they are right under them and due to the fact that they obviously don’t get to be given a regular bath daily, you might want to take a look under those paws at least monthly. This can be done by easily utilizing a paw soak or a wet cloth. If your dog is on the hairy side, you should go the extra mile of trimming and adequately brushing the hairs sprouting at the middle of their toes.
3) PROPERLY BATHE AND OR SHOWER YOUR DOG :
You definitely should have a time set aside to give your dog a proper bath. Ideally once in a three month duration (quarter). Of course they may not exactly rush towards the sound of flowing waters or actually love the sight of soaps but you would be doing them a disservice by not regularly bathing them.
During the shower process, ticks and fleas are some tricky parasites you would want to get rid of. In fact, it is recommended that you do a tick search on a daily basis as ticks can attach themselves to your doggie when they pass through bushes and shrubs. Also ensure to keep the ears of your dog clean. This specifically guards against fungal infections, parasites and yeast. Guarding against these possible ear infections should not be limited to only the shower period. It should be done once weekly.
4) KEEP YOUR DOG’S COLLAR AND LEASH CLEAN:
A dog collar after a while definitely develops some not so pleasant odors. In view of this, having your dog’s collar cleaned is a very good idea. This does not necessitate a daily wash or clean. It should be done at least as often as your dog takes a bath. After all what’s the sense of having a clean dog with a dirty collar, harness and or leash.
5) KEEP YOUR DOG’S BEDDING CLEAN:
One thing you should know about your dog’s bed is the fact that it can comfortably house fleas, ticks and allergens. As humans with very limited hair we endeavor to have our beds in the best condition. However dogs who naturally attract ticks and fleas due to a lot fur will just hop into bed without concern for the earlier mentioned pests. That goes to say that in the same way your dog gets the hygiene benefit from a good bath, the bed should be kept clean and parasites free.
Summarily, a clean and healthy dog is always an easy pal and a good company. Keep your dog in tip-top shape and parasites free is one objective that should be pursued and actualized by every dog owner.
After all, what’s the point of purchasing or adopting a dog if it’s going to be left to the torment of an insufficient care and terrible hygiene? The above are ways to maintain your dog’s hygiene and make sure your pet care is top on your list.