Time For A Dog Bath? Dog Bathing Tips For You And Your Dog

Written by Teresa James, Dog-Supplies-Advisor.com

Cleanliness and proper grooming can be very important torepparttar continued good health of our beloved pets. But bathing our puppy or adult dog can often prove to be a challenge. There are many questions, myths and opinions floating around when discussingrepparttar 125817 best care for different dog types and temperaments. Check out these dog bathing tips to get some great ideas so you’ll be prepared for your next dog bath and grooming session.

How often should you bath your dog?

How often your pet will need a dog bath will depend onrepparttar 125818 breed and what type of activitiesrepparttar 125819 dog is involved in. It’s best to bathe your dog only when your dog is really dirty. Just use your nose – that tell tale doggy smell will let you know it’s time for a bath.

If a dog is bathed too oftenrepparttar 125820 skin will be stripped of its natural, protective oils. This will result in dry itchy skin, which will cause your dog to scratch, further irritatingrepparttar 125821 already sensitive skin. If you need to bathe your dog more frequently make sure to use a pet shampoo that will also moisturize your dog’s skin. You may also want to follow up with an after bath pet coat conditioner specifically formulated for dry skin.

Where’srepparttar 125822 best place to bath your dog?

In warm weather you can bathe your dog outside. Pick a place that will not turn to mud when it gets wet. It’s a good idea a have a washtub large enough for your dog to stand up in and fill it with a few inches of water. Water straight from a garden hose may start off warm, but usually gets cold very fast. If your dog starts to resist and shiver, asrepparttar 125823 water gets colder, you may want to consider another option.

Many pet owners have overcome this problem by purchasing a raised dog bath. This convenient, back-saving dog bath is often used with a water temperature mixer valve assembly that completely solves this problem. Withrepparttar 125824 proper equipment set up you’ll be able to save your back and controlrepparttar 125825 water temperature of your dog’s bath. Some temperature mixer valve assemblies hook up to your existing washing machine water supply. At bath time just connect an ordinary garden hose torepparttar 125826 valve assembly and run it outside torepparttar 125827 bathing area. This convenient type of back-saving dog bath can even be used for bathing your dog inside.

If you choose to bathe your dog inside, regulatingrepparttar 125828 water temperature shouldn’t be a problem. But deciding where to bathe your dog might be. Small dogs and puppies can usually be bathed easily in a sink or a washtub. For bigger dogs you will need something bigger like a bathtub or a large shower stall. And of course,repparttar 125829 bigger your dog isrepparttar 125830 biggerrepparttar 125831 potential hassles.

Are you tired of chasing and wrestling with your dog at bath time?

Many dog owners solve this problem by purchasing a raised dog bath. An ergonomically designed dog grooming bathing tub elevates your dog to a level that’s comfortable for you and keeps your dog securely contained, takingrepparttar 125832 hassle out of washing your dog. You’ll getrepparttar 125833 job done in halfrepparttar 125834 time, save your back and stay dryer. The raised dog bath that is available in most pet shops and online stores will also save your dog stress at bath time. No more slipping and sliding. Your dog will really feel secure standing onrepparttar 125835 padded non-slip surface. This type of raised dog bath has been recommended by Dog World Magazine in their "Notable Products forrepparttar 125836 New Millennium".

Does your dog tend to get away from you during a bath?

Bathing your dog is a challenging, but essential, part of dog grooming. It’s funny how your dog will cleverly evade you when you try to get him into a dog bath, but will be just as determined to get past you when you don’t want him to jump intorepparttar 125837 water atrepparttar 125838 beach.

If you’re washing your dog in a room with a door make sure to close it so that your dog will not see an escape route or get very far if he prematurely gets out ofrepparttar 125839 bath. This way you’ll have an easier time getting him back inrepparttar 125840 tub to finishrepparttar 125841 job. It can be a challenge bathing a dog that’s wiggling around butrepparttar 125842 challenge gets a little tougher when your dog is an escape artist. If your dog takes any opportunity to get away from you at bath time you may want to consider restraining your dog.

Restraints are used during bath time to avoid injury to you as well as your pet. Some pet bathing tubs come with restraints included. With these your dog will be safely and securely restrained and you will be able to give your dog a quick and hassle-free bath.

Is your dog slipping and sliding inrepparttar 125843 bath?

Slipping and sliding can berepparttar 125844 most stressful part of bath time for a dog. Put a rubber mat down onrepparttar 125845 bottom surface ofrepparttar 125846 tub to prevent your dog from sliding and getting hurt. A sure-footed dog will be less resistant and much more at ease during bath time.

Things to have on hand at bath time:

Raised Dog Bath – This is a fantastic idea for a dog bath. It’s ergonomically designed for both you and your dog’s comfort. Your local pet groomer is likely to have just such a bathing station set up in their shop. If you’re thinking about buying a tub or basin to bathe your dog in, ask them if you can check out their tub set up. If you haverepparttar 125847 room or more than one dog, you may find it worthwhile.

Pet Shower or Plastic Pitcher – A Pet Shower is great, but if that’s not possible make sure you have a large plastic pitcher for wetting and rinsing your dog.

Drain Screen – Make sure to protect your plumbing from hair clogs with a simple to use drain screen.

Cotton Balls – can be placed in each ear to prevent water from running into your dog's ears.

Pet Shampoos – There are many different pet shampoos each formulated to work on problems such as dry itchy skin, inflamed or dry scaling skin, fleas & ticks, doggy odor, skunk odor, abnormal shedding, quick rinsing for dogs that don't like to take a bath, whiteners for white coats, color intensifiers for dark coats, and coat shine to bring outrepparttar 125848 natural luster of your dog's coat. You may want to try a hypoallergenic shampoo/conditioner that will gently clean and conditioner your pet's coat in one step.

Keep Your Dog Smiling With Preventative Dog Dental Care

Written by Teresa James, Dog-Supplies-Advisor.com

What should pet owners know about dog dental care and periodontal disease?

An important aspect ofrepparttar good dog dental care is proper dental hygiene. One ofrepparttar 125816 most common ailments treated by veterinarians is periodontal or gum disease. Gum disease is progressive. It starts out withrepparttar 125817 formation of plaque, a sticky bacterial film that forms inrepparttar 125818 mouth atrepparttar 125819 gum line. If not removed plaque will harden into tartar above and belowrepparttar 125820 gum line. This build up causesrepparttar 125821 gums to become red and swollen, a condition known as gingivitis.

If gingivitis is left untreated it can lead to advanced gum disease. Red swollen gums will begin to recede asrepparttar 125822 infection travels down intorepparttar 125823 root ofrepparttar 125824 tooth andrepparttar 125825 jawbone. Oncerepparttar 125826 gums have recededrepparttar 125827 damage is irreversible andrepparttar 125828 gums will not grow back. This is known as periodontal disease and results in loss of bone and loss of teeth. At this advanced stagerepparttar 125829 bacteria fromrepparttar 125830 oral infection may now enterrepparttar 125831 bloodstream. This can lead to more serious problems such as heart, liver and kidney disease. These conditions if left untreated can eventually become life threatening. These problems can also be prevented by implementing a good dog dental care routine.

Why should I routinely inspect my dog's mouth?

By two or three years of age many pets start to show signs of oral disease. By implementing a home dog dental care routine you can assure that your dog’s mouth stays healthy, clean and pain free. Start by routinely inspecting your dog’s mouth. A healthy mouth will not smell offensive. The teeth will be clean and will not have any yellow or brown spots. The gums will be a healthy pink color and will hugrepparttar 125832 teeth.

What arerepparttar 125833 signs of gum disease in dogs?

Persistent bad breath, brownish deposits aroundrepparttar 125834 gum line, especially on back teeth, red swollen gums, loose teeth, painful and or bleeding gums are all indicators of oral disease. Although bad breath or “doggy breath” isrepparttar 125835 most obvious sign of a problem, many pet owners fail to recognize it as an indicator of dental problems until it’s too late. As part of a good dog dental care routine check your dog’s mouth atrepparttar 125836 slightest sign of a persistent offensive odor. Other indications can be decreased appetite and weight loss, a change in chewing habits, lethargy, and pawing ofrepparttar 125837 mouth orrepparttar 125838 face.

What should I do if my dog's mouth shows signs of gum disease?

Dog dental care starts by checking your dog’s mouth regularly. If you see any of these signs call your vet to schedule a dental exam. Your dog may just need a routine cleaning. The cleaning process is performed under general anesthesia. Ifrepparttar 125839 condition is minor, it’s not much different than a dental cleaning that you or I would have done. Your dog’s teeth will be scaled to remove tartar above and belowrepparttar 125840 gum line and then they will be polished. Since your dog can’t rinse and spitrepparttar 125841 mouth area will be flushed to clear it of any loosened debris.

Ifrepparttar 125842 condition is more serious your vet may need to administer an antibiotic to clear up any gum infection before cleaning your dog’s teeth. Blood work will usually be taken so that your vet can determine ifrepparttar 125843 infection has spread intorepparttar 125844 bloodstream. Ifrepparttar 125845 disease is inrepparttar 125846 advanced stages your vet may also need to extract some teeth. Whateverrepparttar 125847 outcome, your dog is sure to feel a lot better after receiving some much needed dog dental care. Remember to regularly inspect your pet's mouth, schedule periodic dental check ups, and perform routine home dental care.

How important is home dog dental care?

Regular cleanings by your vet followed up by a home dental care program can help keep your dog’s mouth healthy and disease free. Even if your dog’s teeth are currently in good condition a preventative home dental care routine is essential to your dog’s health. If not regularly removed, plaque and tartar build up can progress very quickly into full blown periodontal disease.

If you’re new to dog dental care ask your vet to show you how to brush your dog’s teeth. Also find out if there is anything else that your vet would recommend adding to your dog’s preventative home dental care routine. One recommendation is to entice your dog to chew. Daily chewing exercises will help remove food debris and prevent tartar build up. They're also great for relieving boredom and separation anxiety. So put your pet to work. Give your dog plenty of fun and yummy real bones, dental dog chew toys, and edible dog chews as part of your home dog dental care routine.

Do I need to brush my dog's teeth?

The most direct method of preventative dog dental care is brushing your dog’s teeth regularly. Vets usually recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth at least two times a week. If your dog is prone to dental disease you may need to do this more often.

What should I use to brush my dog's teeth?

If you have a young puppy introducing a tooth brushing routine will probably be much easier then if you have an adult dog. In either case start slow, keeprepparttar 125848 sessions short, and be very gentle while working in your dog’s mouth. Use lots of praise and reassurance to reinforce good behavior. You will not want to give your dog treats during this task for obvious reasons.

Since a dog will swallow whatever you use never brush your dog’s teeth with “people” toothpaste. This toothpaste is not formulated to be ingested and can upset your dog’s stomach. It’s also designed to foam which is not desirable when brushing a dog’s teeth. So use a pet toothpaste formulated for dog dental care that does not require rinsing.

You will also need a pet toothbrush. There's a great triple sided pet toothbrush that will getrepparttar 125849 job done faster than a traditional style toothbrush. Or if you have a small dog you may want to try a pet finger toothbrush. Finger toothbrushes slip right onto your finger and are easily controlled to reachrepparttar 125850 common trouble spots up nearrepparttar 125851 gum line. Add some specially formulated tartar removing toothpaste and you’re all set. Dog toothpaste is even available in all-natural formulas and yummy flavors like chicken and vanilla.

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