With a staggering 8.5 million households owning a dog in the UK, we’ve teamed up with canine expert PETER FISHPOOL to give us tips and advice on how to keep our four legged friends fit, healthy and happy in Essex. This week, it’s all about dog grooming…
Regular grooming is important for your dog and good care and maintenance of his skin and coat allows your dog to remain clean and healthy.
A good grooming session prevents the build up of dirt and bacteria in your canine’s coat and limits the risk of infections developing in matted hair.
An at-home grooming session is a great way to bond with your dog so why not spend some time treating your dog to a full service?
The first step involves gathering all the necessary supplies in order to effectively groom your dog. Make sure you have your equipment ready for grooming in order to minimise the time it takes, and if your dog does not particularly enjoy his refining session in order to reduce his stress levels be prepared and organised!
A brush and a bath
A good brush is a must-have and you should begin by brushing your dog thoroughly in order to loosen and free up any knots or mats in the fur prior to bathing.
A skin friendly dog shampoo is a worthwhile investment as the specialised shampoo protects our dog’s by complementing the pH of their skin.
Dogs’ skin is more alkaline than ours and a shampoo formulated for human skin can disrupt the acid mantle, which acts as an important barrier for the body. This disruption can lead to an increased risk of bacterial and parasitic infections so look for the pH balance on your bottle of dog shampoo; it should be around seven.
Complete the look
Finish your grooming session with a nail clip, which should be done regularly to prevent nail length affecting your dog’s movement and stride.
A teeth brushing session is also a great idea if your dog will allow you to safely give his gnashers a scrub! Otherwise, this should be completed at your veterinarians.
During grooming it provides dog owners the opportunity to look out for abnormal lumps, bumps or parasites alongside checking and wiping the eyes and ears if required.
Remember diet can have a huge effect on the skin and coat condition and in order to maintain healthy skin and a glossy coat every dog requires a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet, treating your dog from the inside out.
A range of canine and equine supplements are available from Scientific Nutritional Products, including supplements to improve your dog’s health and coat condition.
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For more information or to receive one-to-one advice specific to your dog, contact nutritional specialist Peter Fishpool on 0800 032 7774 or 01377 254900.