Common Mistakes at Home with Pet Grooming

There are several common mistakes that people make when grooming their dogs… In this article we take a quick look at 6 such mistakes.

Bathing too frequently: It is not necessary to bathe a dog more than once every few months, unless they are dirty or have gotten into something that requires more frequent bathing. Over-bathing can strip the natural oils from a dog’s coat, leading to dry and itchy skin.

Using the wrong shampoo: It is important to use a shampoo that is formulated specifically for dogs, as human shampoo can be too harsh for a dog’s skin. In addition, it is important to choose a shampoo that is appropriate for your dog’s coat type and any skin issues they may have.

Not brushing or combing their coat regularly: Regular brushing or combing helps to remove tangles and mats from a dog’s coat, and also helps to distribute natural oils throughout the coat. Neglecting to do this can lead to painful mats and tangles, and can also contribute to skin issues.

Cutting the nails too short: It is important to only cut the white part of a dog’s nails, as cutting into the pink “quick” can be painful and may cause bleeding. If a dog’s nails are not regularly trimmed, they can become too long and cause discomfort or even injury.

Not cleaning their ears: Dogs need to have their ears cleaned on a regular basis to prevent ear infections. Neglecting to clean a dog’s ears can lead to a build-up of wax and debris, which can cause irritation and inflammation.

Not brushing or combing their teeth: It is important to brush a dog’s teeth regularly to prevent dental problems such as gum disease and tooth loss. Using toothpaste that is formulated specifically for dogs is important, as human toothpaste can be harmful if ingested.

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