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Dog Grooming And Care - Healthy Habits - Part 1

When it comes to dog grooming; brushing, clipping and bathing is not just about keeping your dog looking good-it's about keeping him healthy as well.
Let's say you went a whole year without cutting your fingernails or brushing your teeth...
not to many people would want to hang out with you.
The same would go for your dog, not bathing or grooming can lead to health problems that could cost you done the road.
Unlike people where when you feel sick you start showing symptoms and start; groaning, moaning, or you just feel tired.
Your dog sometimes doesn't show emotion when it is sick so having it on a regular grooming schedule can prevent illness.
Your Dog's teeth...
Bathing and maybe even cutting their fur is good, but don't forget about their teeth.
A recent study showed that 80% of dogs within 3 years old and older suffered from gingivitis, which is a gum disease.
Gingivitis gets into your dog's bloodstream and can affect vital organs and even worse complications can occur.
So cleaning your dog's teeth on a regular basis or even taking him to the vet to get them professionally cleaned is important.
Your dog's fur...
A tangled or matted coat is a very, very bad thing to let happen.
By taking your dog to get professionally groomed and brushing his hair daily can prevent matted fur from happening.
Matted hair can lead to lesions and skin sores.
As well as hiding nasty parasites, like fleas and ticks, which cause more damage to your dog's health.
If you have a dog that happens to be a long-hair breed, brushing its undercoat is needed.
This helps your dog's hair from building up and also helps regulate its temperature evenly though-out its body.
Plus you control any crazy shedding your long-haired breed might have.
Your dog's nails...
Getting your dog's nails clipped should most likely be left up to a groomer.
It is important to trim your dog's nails because if left unclipped it can be easily ripped out of your dog's paw, can you image the pain.
Another problem caused by untrimmed nails is a term called "splay" this can lead to hip and posture problems.
Also long dog nails can damage your floors, furniture, and carpet.
A helpful groomer may even show you how to properly trim your dog's nails.

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