Helpful Tips to Take Care of Your Dog’s Hygiene

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Your dog’s wellbeing is more than just giving them food, fresh water, and daily workouts. You also need general grooming to stay happy, clean and away from the vet. Dog Dental care , brushing and keeping their eyes and ears clean from the start can have significant health benefits as they grow older; and you can also save on vet bills in addition to a happy pet that looks great.

Have a read on the best 6 dog hygiene tips in our advice below. By making this ‘ maintenance ‘ a regular thing (as much as they might hate the bathroom) you’ll keep your dog in prime condition, and in the long run, they’ll be far happier.

1. Dental care

Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to gum disease, so they also need as much care as possible for their teeth. This can be done with raw bones (not cooked as they can split) or dog toothpaste can be purchased for a more direct approach! Try not to use human toothpaste, just as they would love the minty flavor. Cleaning your dog’s teeth regularly will ensure that they are not affected by diseases such as gingivitis, which can create gaps in your pet’s teeth and encourage infection.

2. Bathing and Grooming

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Also if your dog isn’t a fan of your daily walks searching for muddy ponds, occasionally bathing them is still necessary. Including giving them a waterproof cover, the best reason is to stop irritations of the skin and rashes that will only get worse if you don’t manage them. Most dogs need only a bath every six weeks, while other breeds need only a bath every three times a year. Bathing your dog too much can make the skin dry and strip essential oils out of the hair. Make sure you use dog shampoo and test their skin for fleas and ticks while you are washing and grooming them.

3. Clip their Nails

Nails can often be worn off on their own depending on the amount of exercise a dog gets, so less clipping is needed. If your dog’s nails get long and you want to clip them on your own then be sure to avoid the speed (a blood vessel running through the nail) as if caught can be painful for your dog and can cause infection.

4. Check their ears

Any redness or discomfort in your dog’s ears is always worth checking, particularly if they have scratched them. Once again, you can find your way into your dog’s ears very quickly depending on the breed of dog, dust, dirt and other irritants. Purchase ear cleaner particularly for dogs but only if you are using it if there is no indication of pain or redness.

5. Check for eye infections

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Similarly, dogs can relatively easily succumb to eye infections, particularly if they are an adventurous type on a walk and not afraid of running through bushes and underwater. You can try to wash your dog’s eyes clean, but it is best to take them to the Vet if any redness occurs.

6. Have your pet examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis

Your veterinarian will give you information on vaccine schedules, deworming and management of the external parasites.  Keep in your home or with you a copy of your pet’s vaccination records when you are traveling.  Tell your veterinarian if you think your pet might be ill, hurt or something just doesn’t seem right. Your veterinarian is the know-how to keep your dog healthy. Function with him or her as a team.

Bonus points;

a. Provide a protected & clean living environment for your dog

Shelter from the elements and hazards, as well as good hygiene, are basic to a quality life.        

b. Always keep fresh water available 

Maintaining optimal hydration is important for health and energy.

c. Feed a quality diet & prevent obesity

Overweight humans and animals can adversely affect health in many ways.  Follow the dietary recommendations that your veterinarian will make according to the nutritional needs of your dog, based on size, age, level of activity and breed.  Remember to provide healthy treats rather than table scraps, as rewards.

Recall combining all of these tips with a good quality Dog Food to maintain a balanced diet for your beloved dog. 

Bottom line

Knowledge is power, in conclusion. Read and learn as much as you possibly can about your dog’s breed specifically, and about raising, training, providing with healthy food, maintaining a hygienic lifestyle, and living in general dogs. The more you know, the more comfortable and confident you are for your dog’s safe and enjoyable home. 

Poor hygiene can lead your pet to pain and serious illness, not to mention expensive vet bills. Pets need general hygiene just like you, to maintain good health and well-being. There are hundreds of different pet care products available for all species, breeds, and budgets to ensure that you get the best care for your pet.

Happy petting!

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Anthony Amos

Founder at HydroDog
About HydroDog

HydroDog was founded when Anthony Amos, an Australian rugby player, decided to use his downtime to start his own business. At 21 he and he founded the mobile dog grooming business. He quickly turned to franchising to meet the high demand the business experienced. Within five years of offering the business as a franchise, Hydrodog had grown to over 100 franchises across Australia. Now, the brand is expanding the revolutionary dog grooming franchise to the United States with its fiberglass mobile grooming salon in the shape of a big blue dog. For more information, go to www.Hydrodog.com.
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