Video: Caring For A Dog's Coat
After reading the title, many will think that it will be about how to wash our four-legged friends. Yes. But not only. The concept of "dog hygiene" includes all measures aimed at maintaining a clean, tidy appearance of the animal. This is cleansing the eyes and ears, trimming (as needed) nails, caring for the oral cavity. And, of course, hair care. In this new section I will try to tell you about the secrets of caring for the appearance of our dogs.
Systematic daily grooming of your dog's coat is very important! According to the English veterinarian Michael Findlay, daily processing of wool with a comb and brush removes dirt and particles of dead skin from it, dead hair, and prevents wool from felling. When combing the coat, a simultaneous massage of the skin takes place, which helps to strengthen and better nourish the guard hair.
If you have a smooth-haired dog (Great Dane, Rottweiler, Doberman), coat problems usually do not arise. The only thing that is required is to vigorously wipe the coat daily with a terry towel or mitten. Brush your dog twice a week with a stiff natural bristle brush. It is necessary to brush both against the coat and against it. For long-haired breeds (collie, Newfoundland, South Russian Shepherd, etc.), more careful and laborious care is required.
First of all, comb the coat with a special comb with long, sparse, round teeth and blunt at the ends. It is not difficult to buy such a comb in any pet store or on the market now. And they are inexpensive.
Pay special attention to the soft coat, which tends to form tangles behind the ears and in the armpits, and the feathering framing the paws. The comb alone will not remove loose undercoat. This requires an elastic wire slicker brush. But use it very carefully, only according to the growth of the coat. Try not to scratch delicate skin. Yes, and you should not be especially zealous with a slicker - it is quite enough to treat the dog with it once, maximum twice a month. With more frequent and very vigorous combing with a slicker, your handsome collie or Newfoundland runs the risk of simply becoming bald!
It's another matter if the dog is molting. In this case, it is simply necessary to process the wool with both a comb and a slicker brush every day.
By the way, it is best to time the washing of the animal with detergents precisely during the molting period. This will get rid of old dead hair faster and stimulate new hair growth. From the combed down undercoat of long-haired breeds, an excellent yarn is obtained, in quality not inferior to the famous mohair. Dog hair is also famous for its medicinal properties - it helps with sciatica and inflammation of the joints. When moulting, a collie, for example, produces 500 to 800 grams of a lovely cottony undercoat!
And the last group of dogs, if you qualify them by the structure of the coat, is wire-haired. This is one of the many groups - schnauzers, terriers. Dogs with such a very hard, wiry coat practically do not shed. Natural shedding should be replaced by manual trimming according to a special scheme for each breed twice a year. If this is not done, the consequences can be very serious. Not only will the dog look like a bottle brush. Dead hair that has not been removed interferes with the normal growth of new hair. The dog is worried about itching, it constantly itches. An infection can get into the combs; and then an unpleasant skin disease, which is very difficult to treat, cannot be avoided.
The coat should be brushed daily with a bristle brush or a large female massage brush with metal teeth. After each feeding, wipe your luxurious beard with a damp terry mitt or towel and comb it with a comb. Otherwise, the "restroom" hair that forms the "beard" and "eyebrows" of schnauzers and terriers will become thinner and the dog will lose its main decoration.
Source: Mikhail Chervonny