January 16, 2016

Grooming for dogs is not just for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons – it is also necessary for the control of both external and internal parasites and the care of the skin, ears, teeth, paws and glands.

In order to keep both dogs and families healthy and clean, the growing need for grooming has changed from a whim or a luxury to a day to day need. As well as looking after dogs coats, good grooming also helps prevent parasites such as fleas and ticks.


Ears: Dogs ears produce wax, a brown or yellowish color. A certain amount is normal and healthy and shouldn’t smell. You can wipe away any that’s obvious with a cotton ball. Don’t push it into the ear and never use a cotton tip!

Teeth: Although most dogs and people are hesitant about it, regular cleaning of dogs teeth not only takes care of bad breath, it also helps to keep your dog healthy, not only in his mouth. The bacteria that collects on their teeth can travel into your pet’s organs and stress their immune system. Damage to teeth and gums affects the ability to eat normally and chew toys. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, teeth need to be cleaned 2-3 times a week.

Nails: Nail clipping is essential for a dogs well-being. If the toes are being splayed out by the nails or you hear tap dancing sounds on a hard floor, the nails need trimming. If left untrimmed, nails can keep growing, affecting the dogs gait or curling into the pad and causing damage. Many dogs will need nails clipped between once a week and once a month.


Table of grooming levels by dog breed

Low Levels                 Medium Levels               High Levels                                                                                                               

Labrador Retriever     Pomeranian                      Poodle
Boxer                     Golden Retriever                Afghan Hound

Pointer                     German Shepard                Giant Schnauzer

Beagle                    Russian Toy Dog                Shetland Sheepdog

Bulldog                   Border Collie                     Old English Sheepdog

Dalmatian                Labradoodle                   American Eskimo Dog

Chihuahua               Smooth Collie                   Pekinese

Boston Terrier          Setters                          Yorkshire Terrier

Pug                          Spaniels                        Tibetan and Scottish Terrier

Basset Hound           Bernese Mountain           Saint Bernard

Whippet                  West Highland Terrier       Bichon Frise

Greyhound               Most Terriers                   Maltese Terrier


If you're looking for a good groomer in the Salt Lake area, one we recommend is My Crazy Canine.  Melissa Arcolio gives each dog individual attention by only taking 1 dog at a time into her home in north Sandy.  She uses aeromatherapy and calming music to sooth and pamper your dog and help him have a peaceful, enjoyable experience.  Your pup will have a 2 hour scheduled time period, so he will get lovingly primped during his entire visit without having to wait his turn sitting in a kennel for hours.  What's best is Melissa's prices are some of the most affordable in the valley!  Visit her Facebook page where you can get information about scheduling your first spa day for your furry friend!

The 7 Most Common Disorders Found in Pets

Eczema: A broad term to describe symptoms of the upper layers of the skin, the epidermis. The epidermis has five layers which can become inflamed, dry, itchy and uncomfortable for your pet.

Ringworm: This is an infection of the skin and claws caused by fungi called ‘dermatophytes’which invade the hair and follicles. It’s most often seen in puppies and young dogs, less in adult dogs and typically occurs on the tail, paws, ears and face.

Dandruff: The process of shedding of an excess amount of dead skin cells. Though part of normal skin function is to shed dead cells continuously and this happens without detection, when dandruff is present, many cells clump together and form the characteristic white flakes.

Scabies: Scabies in dogs is caused by tiny mites, too small to see with the naked eye. The mite is called ‘sarcoptes scabiei’ which burrows into the skin and lays eggs. Usually after 3 to 10 days, the eggs hatch, producing a larvae which move around in the skin, causing itching. Once they develop into adults they mate and produce more, spreading the infection.

Otitis: Ear infections are most common in dogs with long, floppy ears that hang over the ear canal and don’t allow much fresh air to circulate. A build-up of wax or invading organisms can also provide a breeding ground for infection. While examining, the skin of the ear canal will be red and swollen with excess wax which will smell bad.

Conjunctivitis: Also known as “pink eye” and is an inflammation of the membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and the back of the eyelids. It's one of the most common disorder you’ll see in a dog's eyes. It can be caused by dust, wind, cold weather, a stray eyelash or something the dog is allergic to.

Plaque: Plaque on dogs’ teeth is a thin film on the surface of the teeth. It forms due to the build-up of decomposing food, bacteria, calcium and other minerals in the dog’s saliva. If left there, it can lead to the build-up of tartar. This can lead to a bad odor, often smelled from a distance.

Should you see any of these symptoms on your pet, contact your vet for further evaluation.

This article was gathered from International Open Academy



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