Your puppy arrived in good health. You feed it properly,have it vaccinated, wormed and treated for parasites according to plan: fine… …but you will probably want to lavish extra care and attention over and above these basic necessities.As you are now responsible for the day to day health and well being of your new charge, you can show all your love, in various little ways of daily care and comfort.
Extra Special Care!
The Grooming Routine
●If you have a long or medium- haired dog, daily brushing is required (e.g. Yorkshire Terrier,Collie or Golden Retriever), twice weekly brushing for woolly or tough fur (e.g. poodle or fox terrier), and once a month for short-haired dogs (e.g.dachshund or boxer). Talk to your dog during grooming, and finish up with a reward.
● If your dog spends more time walking on carpet than on hard floors, teach it to give you its paw to have its claws cut. Your vet can advise you as to the right tool, and how far to go!
● When you find mucus in the corner of your dog’s eyes, or even a slight watering, remove it with a clean compress soaked
in warm water. Gently wipe the mucus, in a downward direction, away from the eye. In case of blood-shot eyes or persistent watering, consult your vet without delay.
● Generally speaking, you need warm water and a mild pet shampoo. First wash and rinse your dog thoroughly,then dry your dog completely (towels and hair dryer). Some dogs do not need washing more than once a year.
● Tartar, a build up of mineral salts contained in the saliva,all too quickly forms dental plaque on the teeth, especially in certain small breeds.Use a soft tooth-brush or special finger-brush with a dog’s toothpaste to clean the teeth. No joke! It’s the one way to ensure healthy adult teeth that will last, with sweeter breath and better overall health into the bargain.
When tartar is allowed to build up teeth are at risk of decaying and gum disease can cause them to come loose too. De-scaling by ultrasound under anaesthetic is the best solution, a procedure carried out by veterinary surgeons.
The Ear Canal
● So long as your dog’s ears are clean and odourless, leave them well alone. Some dogs have too many hairs in their ears, and gentle removal is required (this may be done by your dog’s groomer, your vet, or yourself: they can show you how).
Sometimes puppies can have black or dark brown earwax, causing them to shake and scratch their head. Your vet may supply a special ear cleaner to help remove this.