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Tips on Grooming your Dog

July 12, 2010

Dog grooming is very important for your dog’s physical and mental health. Not only will the coat be shiny, but your dog will be left smelling nice as well. It will also give the two of you some quality time together. Praise and reward your dog. After all, this is a team effort! Some tips for proper grooming practices:

• Let your dog smell the comb or brush before the grooming starts. With a reassuring voice, trust is instilled in the dog. Brush the coat daily to remove dirt. It also prevents tangles from occurring and keeps the skin clean and free from irritation. Always brush in the direction of the hair growth.
• Begin brushing from the head, and move in the direction of the tail and legs. Legs should be give special attention, since often the hair tangles there the most, if the fur is long.
• For a dog who resists brushing, you can try treats and plenty of praise to train it in grooming exercises. Just remember not to overfeed it!
• Puppies have short attention-spans, so the grooming of a puppy should be short. With calming words, the puppy will get used to this action and will look forward to it.
• Select a routine for grooming your dog. After a walk, when the dog is relieved and calm, is the best time.
• Groom your long-haired dog every day. Short-haired dogs can be groomed twice a week.
• Match the brush to your dog’s coat type. Use a curved wire slicker or pin brush for long haired breeds (such as Lhasa Apsos and Old English Sheepdogs), a regular wire slicker on medium or short coats with dense undercoat (Terriers and German Shepherds ) and a mitt with smooth-coated breeds (Labrador Retrievers and Basset Hounds).
• Spray on coat conditioner such as mink oil before brushing. This helps to loosen knots in long-haired breeds.
• Badly matted, short coats should be clipped. Let them grow out. By doing this, your dog can be spared the pain and irritation of hours of detangling.

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• Trim nails of the dogs once a month using clippers designed specifically for dogs. Keep a small bottle of blood-clotting powder by your side, in case of an accidental injury.
• To cut the nails, take your dog’s paw gently in your hands. Shorten nails till just behind the point at which the nail begins to curve downward to avoid injury.
• Trim the dewclaw too, if your dog has them. (They are located on the inside of each front leg, just above the paw)

• To avoid ear infections and permanent hear loss in your dog, check his ears regularly. The inside skin and the flaps should be pale pink. With the Shar-pei, extra care must be taken, as the ears a small and prone to infection. With this breed, clean between the wrinkles too, as it can get mouldy and infected as well.
• Clean the canals and flaps using a cotton ball moistened with little mineral oil or warm water.

Teeth: Brush the teeth of your dog using pet toothpaste at least twice a week. The small toothbrush with soft bristles is best for it.

Bath-time: It is best to bathe your dog, when the coat becomes very greasy and doggy-odor becomes powerful. Brush and detangle your dog’s coat before bathing.

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Dogs and Hamsters. What do they have in common?

Sandor Fagyal

Even though the big difference dogs have from hamsters, these two popular pets still have some common characteristics which make them similar! Both dogs and hamsters have long hair coats. One may find different long haired dogs and also long haired hamsters which are called “Teddy Bear Hamsters”. Both long haired dogs and hamsters need grooming.

Grooming a long coated dog:
Lift the outer hair and start by brushing the undercoat on the back legs with a body brush. Brush the top coat down with a bristle brush and then comb the coat from the roots to the tips of the hair. Brush the undercoat on the front legs with a body brush. Brush the top coat down with a bristle brush and then comb the coat from the roots to the tips of the hair. Supporting the dog’s head to keep it out of the way, brush the neck and chest. Use the bristle brush, gently brush along the dog’s stomach without tickling it. Using a body brush, groom the undercoat across the shoulders and along the back. Gently comb the hair around the ears and face. Gently comb the tail, taking care not to tug at any tangles. Wipe away any staining and loose hair using a damp cotton wool/absorbent cotton pad for each eye.

Grooming a long haired hamster:
You may groom a long haired hamster especially when bedding gets stuck in her fur. You may buy a brush for hamsters to groom it or else you can use a soft bristled toothbrush. Hamsters will also enjoy a sand bath which will also help keep their coat clean. Chinchilla sand is best used for this, but you must make sure it is sand and not dust as this is too fine for hamsters. Place a small amount in a dish and place it in their cage, the hamster will slowly walk up to and will probably start to dig in it at first. They will then usually start to roll around in it on their back.

Both dogs and hamsters need exercise. Exercise can be described as the key to a dog’s and a hamster’s healthy appetite, as it burns off much of the energy supplied by food. It also helps to maintain its interest in life, a dog and a hamster which are always confined with no freedom become fat and poorly conditioned. Play is essential for exercise. There are many special dog and hamster toys available and plenty more that can be homemade. A ball is a traditional favorite to a dog. Make sure that the ball is too big to be swallowed and cause choking. Frisbees are also popular and dogs have proved to be immensely skillful in twisting and jumping up to catch them! Hamsters enjoy hamster balls, wheels, tunnels, tubes and ramps.

Homeopathy treatment is both used on dogs and hamsters. It is a treatment of disease with a substance that has the power to produce, in a healthy body, signs and symptoms similar to those displayed by the patient. Homeopathy treatment addresses the whole organism, rather than simply treating only the specific ailment or disease. It is a very gentle form of treatment to which both dogs and hamsters often respond positively. Herbalism is also used on these two types of pets. Dogs and hamsters have always sought out specific grasses when they feel ‘off colour’ and herbalism could be seen as merely an extension of this. The ability of herbal remedies to be used in a wide range of conditions has contributed to its recent increase in popularity.

Author: Nadia Vella

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