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I brush and I bathe my dog

29 October 2021

In order to preserve your pet’s coat and ensure good health, it is important to brush your pet regularly, but also to wash it. Brushing helps to remove knots and various debris (grass, leaves, “cleavers”, these small balls that cling to the hair) that can sometimes get stuck on the long hair. The operation also removes dead hair, allowing the skin to be much better ventilated, which facilitates regrowth. After bathing your dog in the tub with a suitable shampoo (sensitive skin, or prescribed by your veterinarian and intended to treat parasites, fungi or some forms of rash), disentangling is absolutely essential.

How to brush your dog ?

With the help of a glove, a comb or a suitable brush, you will be able to remove the many knots in the coats of long-haired dogs, using a detangling spray or a leave-in shampoo. In some cases, the knots are made of hairs so tangled that disentangling will be impossible and you will need to resort to a clipper.

It is not about doing a waxing session on your four-legged animal, but rather about taking care of it by removing the excess hair. Brushing your pet is a benevolent act that they will appreciate if you get used to them from an early age.

How to bath your dog ?

When washing your pet in a bathtub, don’t hesitate to use a non-slip mat for better stability. It is best to do a brushing beforehand, and then to wet your hair thoroughly, so that the water penetrates well inside.

Always choose a suitable shampoo and lukewarm water to avoid burning your pet. Use the shampoo according to the recommendations for use on the bottle, rinse by letting water run over the coat, and avoiding getting water in his ears, especially if he has a tendency to get ear infections. Once out of his bath, dry your dog off and brush him again.

 

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