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By   |   09 Jan 2019

Whether you are a dog owner in Herriman, Riverton, or South Jordan Utah, your dog's hygiene is a critical component in insuring health and happiness for your dog. Pet hygiene can often seem daunting for first time dog owners. However, with practice and consistency keeping up with your dog's hygienic needs can become second nature to you. Here are four hygienic areas you can start to focus on and that will help you to keep your dog looking and feeling it's best!

Teeth Cleaning: It is estimated that by the age of 2 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. When food particles and bacteria sit on a dog's tooth, plaque forms. When left untreated, plaque leads to gum diseases, chronic pain, missing teeth, eroded gums, and bone loss. Brushing your dog's teeth 3-4 times a week will help to prevent periodontal diseases from forming in your dog's mouth and will cut down on the stinky doggie breath!

Bathing: Here are some easy tips to help make bath time a positive experience for both you and your dog!

  • - Fill your tub with warm water before bringing your dog in to bath. The sounds of rushing water can add stress for your dog.
  • - Use a slip resistant mat or lay a towel at the bottom of the tub to keep your dog from sliding around while in tub.
  • - Put a piece of steel wool in the drain to help trap fur and prevent your drain from plugging.
  • - Carefully place a cotton ball in each of your dog's ears to prevent infection and irritation.
  • - Give high value treats and lots of praise to help your dog stay calm and create a positive atmosphere while bathing. You can also try spreading peanut butter along the wall and let your dog lick it while you are bathing him.

Cleanliness: When was the last time you washed your dog's water or food bowl? Routine cleaning of your dog's toys, bedding, and food/water containers often are easily forgotten. Because these items are prone to bacteria growth, a routine of washing and cleaning these items will go a long way in helping to keep your dog healthy.

Grooming: When we think of grooming our first thought is often related to improving the appearance of our dog. We tend to forget that grooming also plays an important role in improving our dog's hygiene. Daily brushing of your dog’s coat will help to keep your dog free from unwanted weeds, stickers, or other debris that can easily get caught in their fur. Dog's with long hair and thick fur are particularly prone to this issue. Daily brushing of your dog's coat will keep their fur smooth and tangle free. Trimming your dog's nails is another aspect of your dog’s grooming and hygiene that is easy to forget. On average, most dogs will need to have their nails trimmed every 1-2 months. A good rule of thumb is if your dog's nails are clicking on the floor they need to be trimmed. Long nails can actually be quite painful for your dog when they walk on the pavement. Untrimmed nails, especially dew claws, can grow into your dog's paws causing infection and pain.

With a little bit of effort, practice and consistency keeping up on your dog's hygienic needs can become a part of your regular routine.

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