Why a Clean Dog is Healthier After Taking These Steps
If you have a mud-roller, a hole-digger, or a squirrel-chaser on your hands, chances are your dog gets good and messy sometimes.
We all know that our dogs need to be bathed occasionally, especially after a dusty adventure, but did you know that a few extra steps can go a long way in keeping your dog healthy too? Here’s how to ensure a clean dog, and a healthy one!
- Cleaning your dog’s eyes and ears, and inspecting their paw pads for anything lodged in there or causing irritation, will help you remove dust, dirt, grit, and whatever bacteria or germs may be hitching a ride on your dog. You could be getting rid of something that could have caused an eye or ear infection later.
- Brushing your dog’s teeth protects against gum disease, an issue that 85% of dogs 5 years or older suffer from. Be sure not to overlook your dog’s dental health, since gum disease can lead to pain, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
- Finally, be sure to give your dog’s coat a nice once-over with a brush both before and after their bath. A clean coat and healthy skin is a protective barrier between your dog and the germs of the world. This will also make bathing easier — you’ll remove loose hair and dirt before your dog even gets into the tub!
Don’t forget to give your dog lots of praise and a treat or two for being such a good dog while being groomed!