Advice on Keeping Your Pet Clean

1. Brush Their Coats

Brushing can help. It will also distribute your dog's natural oils, making its coat lustrous and healthy. Regular brushing reduces matting and tangling, making the next grooming appointment easier. Keep in mind that various breeds need different brushes. 

2. Remove the Goop!

The dreaded goop—excess tear or discharge in your dog's eyes. Light-colored dogs like bichon frises, cavachons, boxers, and pugs tend to "goop" more than others.Applying a warm cloth to the eye and then brushing it out with a flea comb should reduce excess tear leaking.Please consult your local vet if you notice eye discomfort or redness.

3. Don’t forget about their Teeth

How often do you give your dog a tooth brushing? Your dog's teeth should be brushed every day, but even two or three times a week will make a big difference in their dental health. Make sure to use toothpaste made for dogs, since human toothpaste has ingredients that could make your pet sick if they ate it.

4. Clean their Ears

At least once a month, you should clean your pet's ears. This will help prevent infections. A cotton pad and warm water will do the trick, and they might even like it. For the safety of your pet, you shouldn't use a cotton swab.

5. Wash their Face

Dogs like to sniff around, so germs are easy for them to pick up around their face and mouth. Dogs with wrinkled faces, like Shar Peis, Pugs, and Dogue De Bordeauxs, will hold more dirt and moisture in their wrinkles, so it is important to wash their faces regularly. A damp facecloth and a drop of dog shampoo will do the trick.

6. Nail Trimming

A bath doesn't have to happen only once every 6–8 weeks at the groomer. Dogs who spend most of their time inside may not need to be bathed as often as dogs who spend more time outside. Always use shampoo on your dog. Dog towelettes are another great way to keep your dog clean and fresh.

7. Tidy Up Appointments

At the USPCA Grooming Room, we do more than just Full Grooms. We also give baths and brushes to dogs and trim their nails to help keep sanitary areas clean.

8. Clean Food and Water Dishes

Think your countertops, cutting boards, and faucet handles have the most germs? The fourth germiest thing in the home, according to NSF International, is the pet bowl. Foodsafety.gov says that when pets eat and drink from their dishes, their saliva spreads bacteria.

Be Diligent About Flea and Tick Prevention

Your pet's and your health depend on appropriate flea and tick prevention. Flea control minimizes your risk of contracting the bubonic plague, which is spread by flea bites. According to Meier, a good flea and tick regimen can help prevent Bartonellosis, sometimes known as cat-scratch fever.“ 

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