The Dog Parent’s Guide to Proper Puppy Grooming at Home


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The pandemic has turned many into dog parents. But with great pooches come great responsibilities, and an essential part of being a pet owner is pet hygiene.

Do not worry! Here’s your guide to your pup’s complete spa day in the comfort of your own home.

How often should bath time be for your pup?

The frequency of the baths depends on the length of the coat and the state of health of your dog. Dogs with “shorter, oilier coats” should be bathed once a month due to the makeup of their fur and the protection against water and dirt provided by their natural oils, as Dr. Beverly explains. Mason of Dedham Veterinary Associates in a PetCoach article.

On the contrary, long-haired puppies should be bathed once a week. And for dogs with skin conditions, bath time should be every five days or as prescribed by their veterinarian.

Weather conditions should also be taken into consideration. As the Philippines is a tropical country, the best time for dog baths here is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., especially in the summer, as recommended by Dr. Geny Yatco of the YGY Animal Clinic in Tanauan City, Batangas.

Avoid bathing your dogs at midday to avoid sudden changes in your dog’s body temperature. Also, don’t bathe them in the late afternoon or evening.

“Dogs easily get cold. If you don’t dry them well, they could catch a cold the next day,” says Dr. Yatco.

So, during the rainy season, plan baths every two weeks when the sky is clear and the wind is not blowing, or only when necessary.

Ritual before the bath
  1. coat brushing

It’s best to brush your dog’s coat daily to help with shedding and to impart its natural oils. Don’t forget to also include activity in your pre-bath ritual to help slough off dead skin cells and detangle fur, making soaping, shampooing and rinsing easier.

  1. Nail trimming

Keeping dogs’ nails short can help prevent them from slipping during bath time. A pedicure twice a month using a dedicated clipper for your dog’s size is good for maintenance, according to Dr. Yatco.

Physically active dogs may need less trimming as they tend to have shorter nails due to the regular contact of their nails with rough surfaces. So schedule those walks or playtimes for your dog’s regular dose of exercise. and nail maintenance. It’s a win-win!

  1. Tooth brushing

Unfortunately, many dogs dislike brushing their teeth and are difficult to handle during activity. Fortunately, daily toothbrushing for dogs isn’t necessary and once or twice a week may be enough, says Dr. Yatco.

She adds that enzymatic toothpaste is a great option, but a mild white toothpaste can also do the trick.

Dental treats are also an alternative for dogs that don’t like having their teeth brushed. It may be better than doing nothing at all for your dog’s oral hygiene, but nothing beats hitting the spot on your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush.

Bath Essentials
  • Tub (at least 1 foot deep) for small breeds
  • Necklace
  • Leave alone
  • Earplugs or cotton balls
  • Brush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Hair dryer
  • Ear bath or baby oil
Steps for a good puppy bath
  1. When you’re done with the pre-bath ritual, put plugs — cotton balls will do — in your dog’s ears before wetting his coat. Plugs prevent water from entering your dog’s ears. The water in their ears could irritate them and cause them to scratch, which could lead to injury and infection.
  2. Thoroughly wet your dog’s coat.
  3. Lather your pup head to toe to remove all dirt from his skin and lather for 3-5 minutes. For cold-sensitive dogs, aim for a shorter lathering period. For large dogs with thick coats, be sure to massage each part of the body well.
  4. Rinse well.
  5. Then comes the shampoo, lathering again for 5 to 10 minutes. If you use a medicated shampoo, leave it on your dog for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse well.
  7. Dry your pooch with a towel from head to toe, then carefully dry his fur with a hair dryer.
  8. Finally, clean your dog’s ears with ear bath (5-10 drops) or baby oil (3 drops). For even distribution after application, avoid using cotton swabs. Instead, massage your pup’s auricles (pinna) and the base of his ears.
Do you notice skin problems on your pooch?

Consult your veterinarian first before purchasing any medication. When you receive a diagnosis of your dog’s skin condition, your veterinarian can prescribe the appropriate treatment, which may include a medicated shampoo or soap to add to your bathing routine for a set period of time.

Resume using pet soap and shampoo after the duration of treatment recommended by your veterinarian, but schedule another appointment if your dog’s skin is still acting up.

When all is well with your pup, begin this ritual before the bath. No matter how much they hate toothbrush or bath time, your pooches will thank you. –

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