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Tips and Tricks When Caring and Playing with Your Dog

As the saying goes, “Dogs are man’s best friend.”, so it is important to provide the basic needs they need, spend quality time with them, play with them, love, and take care of them like what we do with our members of our family. There are many YouTube videos showing dog training and tricks, however, not much about dog care, so allow us to share with you some important tips and tricks on how to best take care of your furry friends. You have to make sure that your dog supplies are enough, so your dog remains healthy and happy all the time. While combing removed dead hair and fleas, regular brushing keeps your dog’s skin healthy because it stimulates proper blood flow and natural distribution of natural oils, so use a wire slicker brush to prevent mats from forming, and a curry brush to remove loose hair easily. For dog with “double coats” (a soft undercoat and weather-resistant outer coat), and for shorthaired dogs, you can use a natural bristle brush, and for dogs with long coats such as Shih-Tzus, Maltese, and Yorkshire Terriers, use a steel pin brush.

Many pet owners overlook dog foot care, and because dogs spend much time on their feet, they are prone to wounds and punctures, as well as abrasions and scrapes, that is why this is a very important aspect of dog care. Inspect your dog’s feet regularly and if grass sees become embedded in the paw, you can remove them with tweezers. If your dog steps on a chewing gum, apply ice to make it brittle for easier removal, and if your dog steps on something gooey, you can rub his foot with shortening, peanut butter, or margarine to soften and remove it. Gingivitis is one of the most common problems veterinarians deal with dogs due to tartar buildup, thus interfering with a dog’s ability to bite and chew their food, even affecting internal organs caused by bacterial infections reaching the heart and kidneys. Only use a small and soft toothbrush or finger brush with a specially pet-formulated toothpaste or tooth-cleaning solution in brushing your dog’s teeth. Check your dog’s ears everyday, and healthy ears are light pink inside without apparent bad smell or discharge. Use your fingers to remove foreign bodies from your dog’s ears and clean the ear with mineral oil.

When caring for your dog’s eyes, wipe away dried matter from the corners of her eyes with the use of moistened cotton ball. Bring your dog to a veterinarian if the eye problem did not resolve within 24 hours. Dogs are bathed only when they get smelly or dirty, they don’t need to be bathed frequently. Dog care is important to make your dog happy and healthy.

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