Whether your dog is long-haired or short-haired, you need to groom your pet regularly. Grooming is particularly important because it enhances the health of your dog. Before grooming your dog, you should find out the right grooming technique for your dog’s breed. However, despite these differences, there are grooming tools that every dog owner should have. Below are some of the must have tools:
Nail Trimming Tools
Every dog needs to have their nails trimmed, even if they are walking on cement or rock-hard ground that wears the nails down. Overgrown nails can be easily ripped off if they get hooked to objects and this can cause severe bleeding and are avenues for infection. Long nails can also curl on the side of other toes or under the paws and this can cripple or deform the dog’s feet. Nail trimmers can be found in most pet stores and it is recommended that you buy them together with styptic powder. This powder is applied on the nails to stop bleeding when you mistakenly cut the nail back too far.
Ear Cleaning Tools
Ear cleaning is a basic need for every dog, especially the breeds with hairy and floppy ears like bloodhounds, cocker spaniels and basset hounds. Having ear-cleaning solutions and cotton buds can help you to swab the inside of the dog ears and around the creases and in the canal openings. This helps to avoid ear infections.
Teeth Cleaning Tools
Just like human beings, dogs should have their teeth cleaned regularly. For this job, you need a tooth brush specifically designed for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste because the dogs may swallow it and the fluoride content may destabilize their pH balance. In case you cannot find time to brush your dog’s teeth regularly, you can let them chew on rope toys, rawhide bones, or even dental chewing treats to clean their teeth.
Dogs come with different coats. There are short-coated dogs, medium-coated dogs, coarse-coated, and fine-coated dogs. Whichever the breed and style of coat, you need to brush them from regularly to stimulate blood circulation, keeping the skin healthy and reduces shedding. Among the brushing tools to use include rubber curry brushes, shedding blades, slicker brushes, de-matting tools, combs and bristle brushes.These tools should form your basic grooming kit and should be replaced whenever their effectiveness starts diminishing.While grooming in a very important part of taking care of your pet, another way to do so is by installing an electric pet fence to keep your pet safely within your yard. And Pet Stop of Columbus, Ohio would be happy to discuss your options with you.