Dog Cleaning

by Karen Bates
(last updated August 29, 2011)

Dogs are loved by people all over the world, and these pet owners want what is best for their canine pals. Because of their loyal and loving nature, dogs can make wonderful pets in many situations. Although owning a dog can take some work from the owners, most people would agree that it is worthwhile to have a dog as part of their family.

The amount of time you will need to spend taking care of your dog will depend on many factors. Some of these include the breed of the dog, the dog's health, the dog's diet, and the environment where you live. All dogs need some attention, but some require special care. For instance, a long-haired dog breed will need to be brushed and groomed often, while a breed with little hair will only need a quick brushing every once in a while. You should consider the dog's grooming needs before you decide to get a specific breed to ensure you end up with a dog you can handle.

To keep your dog at his healthiest, you should remember to do certain things to ensure he is well groomed and clean. No matter what kind of dog you have, there are some tasks related to dog cleaning that you or a professional vet or groomer will need to attend to. Keeping your dog clean will help him stay happy and healthy throughout his life.

Give your dog a bath as needed. Although not all dogs need to be bathed often, you should still give a bath every once in a while to thoroughly remove any dirt or build-up on fur and skin. Use a safe dog shampoo when bathing your dog, and take care not to get water in the dog's ears or eyes. Depending on the dog's size, you can bath in a sink, bath tub, or outdoors.

Remember your dog's ears and teeth, and clean these areas often. Just like people, dogs need dental attention in order to maintain optimum health. Use a toothbrush and dog toothpaste to give your dog's teeth a good scrub every few days. Clean the dog's ears gently with dog ear wash and a cotton ball as needed. Check the ears often for dirt or other build-up that will need cleaning.

Keeping your dog clean may mean a little work on your part, but your canine friend will be a lot happier and healthier because of it.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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