Grooming your Puppy
Grooming needs vary according to breed. Ask your breeder to show you how to groom your puppy properly. Your puppy's eyes, ears, teeth, skin, paws and nails should be checked on a regular basis. Your veterinarian can assist with cutting nails and cleaning teeth and show you how to do this yourself.
Bathing Your Puppy
Your puppy should only be bathed when required. Frequent bathing can dry out the skin and coat leading to abrasions and other skin related problems. Use a recommended shampoo for your breed of dog and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Avoid getting soap and water in your dog’s eyes and ears. Once you have rinsed your dog properly, be sure to dry your pet thoroughly with a clean, dry towel.
Three Different Skin Types
Dog shampoos usually come in three varieties being normal, greasy or dried out skin types. If your dog has dry skin, find a shampoo that contains aloe and or oatmeal in it, as these are natural soothers. If your dog has oily skin, find a shampoo that is “anti-microbial” which will help break up the oil and provide a thorough cleansing. Judge your dog’s skin type then pick a shampoo that’s appropriate. Also, be prepared to pay quite a bit more for your dog’s shampoo than you do your own - it’s specialized and will last quite a long time since frequent bathing of your dog is discouraged. Bathing your dog too often can interfere with the oils in your dog’s coat and make for dry, itchy skin.
Special Purpose Shampoos
Besides these three types, there are also many different shampoos that cater to a certain medical condition, climate, or specific allergy. Medical shampoos can remedy conditions such as bacterial and yeast infections, itching, odor, greasiness, scaling, and kill mites. Consult your veterinarian or retail associate on what types of shampoo that they recommend if your dog needs one of these shampoos.
Scented Shampoos Can Cause Irritation
It is sometimes recommended by groomers to avoid shampoos that have a heavy scent or perfume in them. You may love the smell of it, however the chemicals that create that scent could possibly be detrimental for your dog’s respiratory system due to their much better and acute sense of smell. Many dog shampoos also come in a ‘tearless’ formulation which as the name describes, will not irritate your dog’s eyes as much as a normal formulation should they get it in their eyes.
Dogs are prone to the same issues that people are when it comes to dental issues - cavities, tartar/plaque build-up, and gum disease are all common in dogs. This is just as easily preventable in dog’s as it is in people with regular (2-3 times a week) brushing. Use a toothpaste that is formulated for dogs, as human toothpaste foams too much which can cause an upset stomach. If you do not want to use toothpaste at all, just using water or baking soda will also work. As far as the instrument is concerned, dog specific toothbrushes can be bought at any pet store, as well as finger caps. Only the outsides of the teeth need to be cleaned, as the dog’s tongue will naturally clean the inside and top surfaces.
TLC’s Natural Health Biscuits are designed to clean your puppy’s teeth and freshen their breath. This is achieved from the addition of the fine chewing particles that naturally and gently scrub the surface of the tooth.