Regular but infrequent bathes
Baths should be given to your dog on a regular basis, but not too frequently, depending on the breed and coat. Washing too often strips the coat of its natural oils, making it dry and rough.
Use a gentle shampoo to wash your dog. Put cotton balls in the dog’s ears and a few drops of mineral oil in his eyes and place him in a tub or basin. Using warm water, wet the dog and apply shampoo from the neck back. Rinse your dog thoroughly with warm water after lathering and scrubbing. Using a towel, rub vigorously (he’ll assist you with vigorous shaking!) and then blow-dry if required. Brush or comb as needed.
At-Home Nail Trimming
To keep the foot healthy, the nails must be kept short. Long nails obstruct the dog’s gait, making walking uncomfortable or painful. They are also prone to breaking. This commonly occurs at the base of the nail, near the blood vessels and nerves, necessitating a trip to the veterinarian. If the nails are very long it can be heard clicking on the floor.
Use a specially designed clipper to trim the nails of your pet. Mostly the clippers contain safety shields to keep you from cutting your pets ‘nails too short. Only the ends of the nail should be trimmed before the “quick,” which is a blood artery inside the nail.
Nail trimming is something that many dogs despise. You may make it a painless treatment by introducing your dog to having his feet handled from the time he is a puppy. Start clipping your dog’s nails softly, one or two at a time, and he’ll learn that you’re not going to injure him.
If you accidently cut the quick, use styptic powder to halt the bleeding. If you can’t clip your dog’s nails yourself, take him to a veterinarian or groomer.
Cleaning your Dogs Ears
If your dog has ear problems, his ears should be cleaned at least once a month. Use a moist towel or a cotton in mineral oil to clean the outer area of your pet’s ears. To keep air circulating, some dogs require hair to be plucked slightly inside the ear; consult your veterinarian to see if this is essential for your dog.
Brushing Your dog’s teeth at Home
Brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis with dog-specific toothbrushes and toothpaste. If your dog is resistant to getting his teeth brushed, massage his teeth and gums with your finger to get him used to it. Place a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and allow him to sniff and lick it; repeat with the toothbrush. Make sure to provide him chew toys to keep his teeth clean. As your dog gets older, he may develop tartar accumulation that necessitates professional cleaning by a veterinarian.
Clean the anal sacs of your dog at home
Anal sacs are glands that emit odor when your dog has a bowel movement. They are placed on each side of your dog’s anus. Your dog may have impacted anal sacs if you notice him scooting along on his back or licking or scratching his anus. Inquire with your veterinarian about how to deal with an anal sac condition.