Nothing is more important than frequent hygiene checks to ensure good puppy health. A thorough check of the mouth, ears and coat can all be done when you are washing your dogs.
A bi-weekly bath where you perform your maintenance checklist is adequate for your pets. Truly its not a one dog fit all bath schedule it depends on factors such as the breed type, whether the dog plays outside or not and many other factors that can lead to some owners doing it more frequent like their dogs sleeping in their bed, couches, etc. If this is you find a very mild solution.
My Dogs Hygiene Checklist
Always keep in mind that they are dogs and wont like bathing and doing ear cleaning and other maintenance so be patient and do your list with love so that your dog finds it to be a loving experience where it receives quality time by its owners. Below is a list I use to make sure my doggies stay clean and healthy.
- Dental Hygiene
Lets start with the fact that by age two over 75% of dogs have either gingivitis or periodontitis. Brushing your fidos teeth is the only solution to reduce bacteria and other germs. My Vet recommends 2 times a week but I do it every other day. If you are not currently brushing your dogs teeth I recommend you go to your local pet supply store and pick up dog toothpaste and a tooth brush. It will take your dog a few times to get use to brushing but eventually he wont mind. After you brush the teeth do an inspection of his teeth and search for cracks or broken teeth and if your not sure always consult your Vet.
(They also have doggie mouth wash, if this is something you want to check out consult your Vet)
- Flea/Tick Inspection
Fleas are blood suckers and will create allergic reaction’s, skin problems, anemia and sometimes even death. Ticks feed on your dog as well and can carry very serious diseases like Lyme disease. Before I even began washing I do a quick check for ticks and fleas under the stomach, collar, underarms, groin area and fur if you find a tick use a tick scoop and make sure its completely removed or if all is fine I begin to wash my dog and if I see black dots falling off when water is pouring off my beautiful dogs I know its time to get my flea control and extermination in process. Now if he doesn’t have anything falling off the final check will be when we are done washing I get them out the tub and place them on top of a white towel and comb their fur and its critical to pay attention here as you will be able to see black things on the towel and possibly jumping around (those would be the fleas)
- Cleaning his Doggie Ears
So this is a fast one when cleaning but I tend to take a little bit of time taking a look for discharge and or odor. So I buy from Petsmart ear cleaning wipes and is really simple to use the hard part is getting your pups to let you clean them. Don’t stick anything deep in his ear canal ever! You clean the ears to reduce the possibility of having ear infections and or ear mites. Ear mites are very common in dogs. If you smell a bad odor or see discharge consult your vet immediately.
Quality Time We’ll Spent
Yes eventually my dogs loved the undivided attention and quality time that I provided to them and allowed me to do these things to them with no problem. As always be patient with your dogs and pay attention to their reactions when doing these examinations to them.
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