Blog - dog hygiene
As a dog owner, one is supposed to attach great importance to an optimal health precaution as well as the correct dog care and hygiene at any time. Because only then, the four-legged friends feel all around well and possess a healthy quality of life. Just as we humans have to constantly care for ourselves, animals must also take care of hygiene. The correct dog hygiene is connected with some special factors such as fur, eyes, ears or paw cleaning. These and anything else that is important in dog hygiene and care are discussed below.
How does the dog cleaning succeed without water?
It is not always necessary or useful to bathe the dog to keep it clean and pure. Rather, it depends on which equipment is used for cleaning.
Regular brushing of the dog does not only support the skin and coat characteristics of the dog, it also helps to bind man and animal together. However, it varies how often the coat should be brushed, because not every dog has the same coat characteristics.
In general, dog breeds with long and thick coats should be brushed at least once a day. A comb and a normal brush with wide tines can be used for this.
Dogs with medium-length hair should be brushed at least four times a week with a resistant brush and comb through the coat.
However, if the four-legged friend has a very short and thin coat, it is usually sufficient to brush the hair twice a week.
Dog eyes are very similar to the human eye and still so different. They are thinner, cannot change the focus and shape as well as the focus and shape of the human eye and are much more sensitive, which means that dogs can see and recognize objects in the dark better than humans. Seeing is based on five different factors such as the field of vision, depth perception, sharpness, perception of movement, and lastly, color vision.
After a relaxing night, secretion forms around the human eye (also called " sleep"). This phenomenon can also be found in the animal world and is completely normal after a longer resting time. For this reason, eye care should be carried out with the biggest care possible in order not to cause any damage. As a rule, it is recommended to check the eyes at least once a day in order to detect eye disease in dogs at an early stage. This can be a symptom of a medical condition if there is too much tear fluid. Increased blinking, moaning or rubbing against objects can also be a symptom of an infection. If an infection is suspected, it should be acted quickly and a veterinarian should be consulted to prevent worse.
A soft cloth dampened with water can be used for eye care. The eyelids should be cleaned with care from the inner corner of the eye. It is important to use a fresh, moist cloth for each eye in order to prevent the possible transfer of existing bacteria to the healthy side.
The paw care should not be ignored under any circumstances and should already happen regularly at puppy age. Thus there is a higher chance that the four-legged friends get used to the care early and therefore in older years, the resistance is less present or even completely gone. A caring paw bath can also help to support and heal the skin, coat and claw characteristics.
Dog paws have an extremely important and challenging job, because they absorb shocks and thus protect the body's joints and other areas, and this for the whole life of the dog. They are made up of a large part of fatty tissue, so dogs never get cold feet. As they are very robust, they also offer some protection against sharp surfaces.
Different areas need to be controlled and maintained to keep them healthy and clean.
Check dog paws in general
If possible, dog paws should be checked regularly at least once or twice a week for injuries, foreign bodies, redness of the skin between the toes and changes in the condition of the claws. Dogs can provide some indication that something on the paw seems to be wrong. In this case four-legged friends often lick or scratch their paws on objects. If this can be detected, a detailed check should be carried out. In case of serious injuries or infections, a veterinarian should be consulted as soon as possible.
Shorten long claws
For the question of when claws should be shortened, a sheet of paper can be used as a " measurement". If the sheet of paper can be pushed between the claws and the ground in an upright dog standing on its four legs, there is normally no need to shorten them. However, if the sheet of paper gets stuck between the claws and the ground, it indicates that they should be shortened. Claw clippers or pliers can be used for this. However, it is important to note the following. Inside each claw, blood and nerve tracts run off a specific area. If the claws are shortened too far, it can be very painful for the dogs and lead to bleeding. Therefore they should never be cut too short.
Care for paw pads
Particular attention should be paid to the paw pads. Healthy paw pads should generally be soft and smooth and be able to stay elastic. With so-called paw care creams, it is possible to prevent tears and rough properties.
Dog ears are one of the most sensitive sense organs of a dog and are the second most important sense after the function of the nose. They function like two antennas, which are available for communication, as noise filters and directional microphones. They are individually movable and can detect the slightest noise. Therefore dogs have the best ears in the entire animal world.
In order for the ears to be able to do their job perfectly, regular care is required, which should be carried out regularly from the age of the puppy to allow them to become accustomed to the care. This means that the ears should be checked at least once every two days and cleaned if necessary. Healthy dog ears can be recognized by their light pink colour, cleanliness and neutral smell. However, if there is too much earwax, it should be cleaned with care. In case of an infection, a veterinarian should be informed as well.
The earwax is used to bind the dirt and leads to the outside. Therefore ears usually clean by themselves. However, if foreign objects are existing, these will quickly cause pain and can cause infections. With a soft damp cloth the dirt can be removed from the ears quite easily. If no success is achieved with a damp cloth, normal ear sticks should not be used under any circumstances, because there is a risk that the dirt can only be pushed deeper into the ear canal. Instead, you can get special ear drops from pet shops that clean the dirt more effectively. The drops can either be gently massaged into the ear of calm dogs and then cleaned with a dry wipe or you can add these special drops to a dry wipe and then clean the ear with the wipe
A difference must be made between the form of the ear, as there are many different types such as bend ears, long ears, pointed ears and many more. Therefore the effort is different depending on the type. However, careful cleaning should always be given, no matter what type of ear!