Regular cleaning is essential. This will keep your dog clean, healthy, and docile and prevent fungal infections caused by tangled fur, a periodontal disease caused by not taking care of teeth, ear infections caused by excessive ear wax, and dirt and bacteria. This article covers the basics of cleaning your dog around the house, making the bathing process more enjoyable for you and your dog.
1. Gather all the necessary items before you are ready to clean your dog. Make sure you have everything you need on hand to clean your dog’s eyes and ears, trim nails and hair, brush teeth, bathe and dry.
Start by brushing your dog’s coat every time, and be thorough. Hair gets more significant when wet and is not easy to clean. If a patch of hair goes unnoticed or if fur maintenance is neglected, you may have to shave or cut the mass to prevent bacteria from growing between the hair and the skin and causing a fungal infection. Excessive brushing may also pull the skin and detach it from the muscle tissue. Short-haired dogs may only need to be brushed with a horse comb or glove, while medium- and long-haired dogs may need special tools, like a scraper, grooming brush, or pick comb. Whatever you need, these must be effective at removing loose hair and getting through the hair to allow the oils to escape from the skin.
Cleaning starts with brushing your dog’s coat. First his neck, then down his body, under his belly, to his tail.
If you wish, you can use a human comb or hairbrush. Use the brush to brush his fur gently and smooth it out.
When you’re done, praise your dog and give him a little reward for standing still.
2. Do the clipping and all other cleanings before the bath. For example, for those coats and large amounts of hair that will just waste your time during the bathing and drying process, just cut them off. Dogs look their best after the bath is complete and a hair dryer has dried them.
Eyes – Some types of dogs need more maintenance than others in this area. It may be simple to remove the eye droppings from the very sharp corners of the eyes. Still, long-haired or white-coated dogs may require more particular attention to ensure that all the sticky material on the coat is removed. To remove “tear stains” from white coats, there are specially made products available in many pet supply stores and catalogs. A healthy eye should be clear and should not have any irritation or special fluids. Your veterinarian can be able to help you cut or repair the hair around the eyes that may be causing tear stains to develop. (Do not try this yourself)
Ears – Clean ears may have some ear wax but should not have a particular odor. When you are ready to clean your ears with water, prepare a tank of detergent or medicated solvent close to body temperature (like you are preparing a baby bottle). In the ear canal, the cold is very unpleasant. A few drops of warm topical alcohol can dry out the water in the ear canal and kill bacteria, fungus and minor bugs. To clean your dog’s ears, use cotton balls soaked in the ear cleaning solution and pull the dirt and earwax out of the inner ear. Don’t rub so hard that it causes pain, and don’t dig too deep in the ear; both practices can cause damage. Don’t expect your dog to enjoy the process; you may encounter some resistance. After you have dried the ear with a wet cotton ball and clothing, gently dry it with a dry cotton ball. If your dog’s ears look swollen, red, sore, dark, have fluid coming out of them, or smell funny, call your veterinarian. This is not normal and could be a sign of infection or disease.
Teeth – According to veterinarians, about 80% of dogs have periodontitis. Ouch! If plaque is persistently absorbed in higher than average amounts, it can cause kidney and liver problems. Can you imagine the torment of your rotting gums? That hurts! Try to brush your dog’s teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week. If you don’t have the time or your dog is particularly resistant to this method, you can use “The petzLife” antibacterial spray. Use products specifically designed for dogs, so you don’t inadvertently poison your dog. You can wrap gauze around your fingers or toothbrush or use those more advanced and effective products.
For example, a pet toothbrush, that is a surgical glove that goes over the thumb and index finger. Either way, make the process relaxing for your dog and make it enjoyable experience rather than stressful so you don’t harm yourself by getting bitten. Pets usually prefer the touch of a human rather than a hard plastic brush. Your dog may need a veterinary cleaning if it has accumulated a considerable amount of tartar and plaque. Some dogs will let you scrape tartar if you’re brave enough to try. As long as you buy a scraper and are gentle in the process. Otherwise, an occasional supplement of frozen raw bone (available at any butchery, deli) about 3 times a week should be enough to maintain his teeth. Remember, you should not give your pet human toothpaste. Pets can swallow toothpaste and may get sick. Here are a few products for pet toothpaste, always make sure you use something specifically for pets.
Nails – If a pin is not carefully maintained, it can grow to enormous lengths and twist the toe, creating a painful, irregular gait and causing bone damage, sometimes even curling into the fleshy pad under the foot. To keep your dog’s nails short, keep them trimmed regularly. Depending on the dog, you may need to do this once a week or once a month. To trim the nails, use a pair of dog nail clippers while the amount of nail trimming should be minimal (like 1/16*2.5 cm) (a human nail clipper may be sufficient if you are not a very young pup or a very small dog). If you accidentally cut too many nails and hurt a blood vessel, using hemostatic powder or cornstarch and applying a little pressure should stop the bleeding.
3. Put your dog in the bathtub and if necessary, use something like a suction cup bath to keep it in place. Some dogs are frightened by the sound of running water; if this is the case, you need to make the dog less sensitive to the sound. Fill the tub with water and start bathing him, don’t let your dog sit in the dirty bath water. The regular collar should be removed and replaced with a new one that will not stain the fur and will not be damaged by the water, thus keeping your dog under control in the tub. Do not put the collar on your dog until that evening (if you are bathing your dog in the morning or early afternoon) or the next day (if you are bathing your dog in the evening). The collar can cause pain around the dog’s neck because its coat is not completely dry.
4. Wet your dog thoroughly. If you have a medium or large dog or a dog with a double coat, a booster with a hose or hose connection to the drain, shower head, and bathroom spout can help you easily clean all parts of your dog’s body. Just don’t force your dog if the noise hurts his ears. Make it less sensitive to the sound of running water it will not be afraid.
5. Start washing from the neck and move down. The shampoo is easier to use and rinse if it is diluted. It is best to use two times diluted shampoo so it can be rinsed out. Thicker shampoos will leave a residue. When applying shampoo to a specific area, use a small amount of spray and your hands to disperse the shampoo. For dogs with double coats, a horse comb, such as the Hong Kong Zoom Groom, will help you brush the shampoo through the skin, especially for long-haired dogs that cannot simply be washed with a horse comb. They need to touch the shampoo on the coat, rubbing all parts of the dog’s fur. Otherwise, it will significantly damage the skin. Leave the head for last, and do not use soap around the ears and eyes during the bath. Be careful around the nose and mouth as well.
6. Rinse your dog thoroughly. As soon as you see dirt or soap suds floating in the water, keep rinsing and then rinse the rest. Leaving shampoo in the fur can cause hot spots, irritated patches of baldness, or itchy, red skin.
7. Towel dries your dog as best you can. If your dog has a very short coat, or if you want to let your dog’s skin dry naturally, you’ve already done the process. If you have a dog with a thick or long coat, read on.
Blow dry your dog as much as possible, but don’t dry it completely and don’t let the skin dry out. If your dog has an exceptionally long coat, you may need to dry the coat while you brush it.
Dogs with curly coats like poodles and beagles need to be dried thoroughly, or the skin will curl into a ball. Feet always need to be dried thoroughly or fungus will grow.
When you blow dry your dog’s coat, ensure the hair dryer is blowing cold air! This may take longer than usual, but it is worth the time as it will reduce the likelihood of your puppy’s coat and skin drying out.
Use a small amount of dog-specific conditioner.
If you can’t find the time to bathe your dog, he still needs to be clean to stay clean and healthy. When you can’t do the cleaning yourself, consider hiring a professional groomer to clean your dog.
It is essential to use routine coat management for your dog’s breed or coat type. Some breeds, may require special maintenance to keep a clean coat and keep it in certain conditions. Cleaning the Hungarian Shepherd, for example, requires special attention to shape the skin separately.
If you find it impractical to buy expensive grooming supplies such as raised tubs or professional dryers because using them at home would lack the space or the conditions needed for bathing, then find a separate service that cleans dogs. They provide these specialized tools at a much lower price than hiring someone to bathe your dog, and the best part is that they can clean up the mess for you after the bath!
You may need to pluck your dog’s ear hair occasionally. Hire a veterinarian or professional groomer and let them show you how to safely and properly pluck your dog’s ears. Ear powder makes the process easier and faster by adding grip to the hair next to the smooth ears.
If you need to blow dry your dog, consider a professional hair dryer such as the Double K Airmax. double-coated dogs, like Bernese Mountain Dogs, may take up to six hours with a human hair dryer, which can burn off their coat if used carelessly. A professional hair dryer can reduce the time it takes to dry. If a human hair dryer can dry your dog’s coat reasonably, consider a handheld hair dryer, such as the Crazy Dog dryer, which can eliminate or reduce the risk of burning your pet.
Cleaning tables and raised bathtubs can significantly reduce the stress on your dog’s back caused by bending over to clean him or her. An unused dining table or a sturdy piece of plywood can serve as a makeshift grooming table, but be careful to keep it non-slip so your dog can stand on the surface. The dog will feel more secure with stable feet. Hardware stores often offer rubber supports or rubber sliders and sell them by the yard so you can cut them to any size.