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Dog Hygiene Basics


Giving your dog a bath is important, but not as critical as most people seem to believe. If your dog is healthy, he really doesn't need to be bathed more that once every few months, but most of us put them in the tub or under the hose more often to get rid of that doggie smell and look shinier. Although most dogs do not enjoy getting a bath, it is a good bonding experience. They will appreciate the contact and attention they get from their owner.

This is also an excellent time to do some other required "maintenance" tasks that we often forget about, such as ear cleaning, brushing their teeth, and checking for fleas and ticks. It is much easier to do all these things at once since most dogs don't enjoy sitting through these activities for very long.

Let's go into further detail about these maintenance tasks to make sure your dog stays healthy and happy for a long time.

To clean your dog's ears, check your local pet store for special solutions designed specifically for this purpose. It is common for dogs to attract ear mites, which are small insects that live in the waxy secretions. As time goes by, the mite gets larger and you will start to notice a dirty black substance in your dog's ear. Take a q-tip, dip it in the ear cleaning solution, and gently swab the entire ear. Your dog might squirm, but hold him down, because it won't take long. And when you're done, he'll have clean ears and be much less likely to get earaches or infections.

One of the most overlooked maintenance tasks is brushing your dog's teeth. Many dog owners only do this once or twice per year. Can you imagine how gross your mouth would feel if you didn't brush for six months? Your dog feels the same way. It's never too late to start doing this. You will need a special toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs. These are easily found in any pet store for under ten dollars. Be certain to brush the back teeth, and use small circular motions like your dentist used to tell you to do. This task will be easier than the ear cleaning, because the dog toothpaste is made to taste good. Your dog should enjoy the treat.

The last thing to check for is fleas and ticks. Ticks are nasty little bugs that dig themselves into your dog's skin and live by sucking their blood. Be especially careful if you live near wooded areas where ticks are most common. However, no matter where you live, check for ticks often, because they carry several harmful diseases. Ticks are the transport method of Lyme Disease, which will slowly destroy your dog's joints and suck out all his energy. Many dogs with Lyme Disease are in such pain that they need to be put down. So check often! Pay special attention to the most common hiding areas, which are under the collar or along the underbelly. If you find one, simply pull it off with tweezers.

Fleas aren't as potentially harmful as ticks, but they are much more of a nuisance. If you don't catch them quickly enough, your other pets can catch them, your kids can catch them, and you might have to get your home fumigated. You can find them under the fur, in the same places where ticks hang out. If you see little things that look like specks of pepper, those are flea droppings. The actual flea will be dark in color and about the size of a grain of rice. If you do find one, call your local vet's office and ask about flea treatments.

Eric Shannon is a freelance author who also publishes the Dog Lovers Report, which is a biweekly newsletter with a very large readership. He also runs Beds For Doggies, which carries a large selection of Dog Beds, Dog Couches, and Dog Furniture.


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Pets of the Week: July 6 - The Herald-News
Pets of the Week: July 6  The Herald-News

1000 pets in need to receive free care - VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
1000 pets in need to receive free care  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines - Yahoo Finance
4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines  Yahoo Finance

Elmbrook Humane Society launches ‘Connecting from the Couch’ pet behavior support program - WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee
Elmbrook Humane Society launches ‘Connecting from the Couch’ pet behavior support program  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend - KOLN
Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend  KOLN

This Dog Water Bottle Has a Hidden Feature That Makes It Easy to Keep Pets Hydrated on Long Walks - PEOPLE
This Dog Water Bottle Has a Hidden Feature That Makes It Easy to Keep Pets Hydrated on Long Walks  PEOPLE

N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020 - NJ.com
N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  NJ.com

Pets of the Week | Pets - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

East Bay pets of the week for July 10 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for July 10  East Bay Times

Bonnie Hays reports fewer lost pets at shelter than other years following Fourth of July weekend - KPTV.com
Bonnie Hays reports fewer lost pets at shelter than other years following Fourth of July weekend  KPTV.com

Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks - KABC-TV
Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  KABC-TV

Animal Crossing: New Horizons new sea creatures make the best pets - Polygon
Animal Crossing: New Horizons new sea creatures make the best pets  Polygon

Reuniting with your pets after fireworks | News | wsmv.com - WSMV Nashville
Reuniting with your pets after fireworks | News | wsmv.com  WSMV Nashville

Pets Killed In Pinedale, Sheriff’s Office Investigating - Cowboy State Daily
Pets Killed In Pinedale, Sheriff’s Office Investigating  Cowboy State Daily

Cops are also shooting pets in Black and brown communities at high rates. - Slate
Cops are also shooting pets in Black and brown communities at high rates.  Slate

Pets are stressed out, too - Jill Lopez
Pets are stressed out, too  Jill Lopez

Dr. Jacob Frydman Pet Care Will Donate All Fee At National Feed a Rescue Pet Week from July 27 to August 3 - News Anyway
Dr. Jacob Frydman Pet Care Will Donate All Fee At National Feed a Rescue Pet Week from July 27 to August 3  News Anyway

Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat - FOX 21 Online
Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat  FOX 21 Online

Experts: More pets lost on July 4th - PAHomePage.com
Experts: More pets lost on July 4th  PAHomePage.com

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020  Summit Daily News

PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 4, 2020: MEET WEBBER - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 4, 2020: MEET WEBBER  wvua23.com

Protecting new pets from COVID-19 as concerns rise across the country - Fox 28
Protecting new pets from COVID-19 as concerns rise across the country  Fox 28

Humane Society reminding people of danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles after dog left in car dies - KMBC Kansas City
Humane Society reminding people of danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles after dog left in car dies  KMBC Kansas City

RFD receives pet oxygen masks | Local News - Greensburg Daily News
RFD receives pet oxygen masks | Local News  Greensburg Daily News

Good Day Pets – Meet Jack the Cat! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Jack the Cat!  KCAU 9

Looking For Your Pet After July 4th Holiday? Check Out Finding Rover - CBS Denver
Looking For Your Pet After July 4th Holiday? Check Out Finding Rover  CBS Denver

Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, July 8, 2020 edition - The Polk Fish Wrap
Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, July 8, 2020 edition  The Polk Fish Wrap

NJ Mooses Law prohibits animal abusers from owning pets - New Jersey Herald
NJ Mooses Law prohibits animal abusers from owning pets  New Jersey Herald

Aldermen OK Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits at Pet Stores to Stop Breeders - WTTW News
Aldermen OK Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits at Pet Stores to Stop Breeders  WTTW News

Dumb Friends League Working To Reunite Pets Who Got Out During 4th Of July Weekend With Their Owners - CBS Denver
Dumb Friends League Working To Reunite Pets Who Got Out During 4th Of July Weekend With Their Owners  CBS Denver

Our cute pets column has a name | Creature Comforts - GamesIndustry.biz
Our cute pets column has a name | Creature Comforts  GamesIndustry.biz

Hot Paws: Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Heat - erienewsnow.com
Hot Paws: Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Heat  erienewsnow.com

Local shelters extra busy with lost pets after 4th of July | KMVU Fox 26 Medford - KMVU Fox 26 Medford
Local shelters extra busy with lost pets after 4th of July | KMVU Fox 26 Medford  KMVU Fox 26 Medford

How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd - Lifehacker
How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd  Lifehacker

Lost a Pet During the Holiday Weekend? Here's What to Do - NBC San Diego
Lost a Pet During the Holiday Weekend? Here's What to Do  NBC San Diego

Pets At Home Commits to Next Gen Customer Engagement with Aptos ONE and the Cloud - Retail Dive
Pets At Home Commits to Next Gen Customer Engagement with Aptos ONE and the Cloud  Retail Dive

Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative - TippNews DAILY
Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative  TippNews DAILY

Surprise! Pets get people through hard times - PetfoodIndustry.com
Surprise! Pets get people through hard times  PetfoodIndustry.com

Waco Volunteer Fire/Rescue receives pet oxygen mask donation - Richmond Register
Waco Volunteer Fire/Rescue receives pet oxygen mask donation  Richmond Register

'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19 - AZCentral
'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19  AZCentral

Local animal shelters brace for increase in lost pets due to fireworks - FOX 31 Denver
Local animal shelters brace for increase in lost pets due to fireworks  FOX 31 Denver

MWI Animal Health Announces New Offerings to Alleviate Financial Burdens of Pet Care - Odessa American
MWI Animal Health Announces New Offerings to Alleviate Financial Burdens of Pet Care  Odessa American

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Georgia - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Georgia  KCBD

Two Las Vegas animal shelters to participate in national pet adoption event - KLAS - 8 News Now
Two Las Vegas animal shelters to participate in national pet adoption event  KLAS - 8 News Now

Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - 69News WFMZ-TV
Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue  69News WFMZ-TV

Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children - Medical Xpress
Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children  Medical Xpress

Get low cost pet vaccines at Gwinnett event this weekend - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Get low cost pet vaccines at Gwinnett event this weekend  Atlanta Journal Constitution

How to de-stress your pets for 4th of July fireworks - WABC-TV
How to de-stress your pets for 4th of July fireworks  WABC-TV

Someone is shooting people’s pets in Pinedale - Buckrail
Someone is shooting people’s pets in Pinedale  Buckrail

Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight  KBTX

High temperatures are felt by your pets as well - WHIZ
High temperatures are felt by your pets as well  WHIZ

Coronavirus notebook: Ohio extends jobless benefits; Krohn to reopen; adopt a pet - Cincinnati Business Courier
Coronavirus notebook: Ohio extends jobless benefits; Krohn to reopen; adopt a pet  Cincinnati Business Courier

CBS3 Pet Project: How To Help Comfort Your Pet During Thunderstorms, Fireworks - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: How To Help Comfort Your Pet During Thunderstorms, Fireworks  CBS Philly

A timely reminder that pets shouldn't be left in hot vehicles - BarrieToday
A timely reminder that pets shouldn't be left in hot vehicles  BarrieToday

Puppy Luv: Helping Homeless Pets Off the Streets and Into Loving Homes - citysuntimes
Puppy Luv: Helping Homeless Pets Off the Streets and Into Loving Homes  citysuntimes

Pet hospitals find ‘alarming’ increase in parvovirus cases amid COVID-19 pandemic - ABC 4
Pet hospitals find ‘alarming’ increase in parvovirus cases amid COVID-19 pandemic  ABC 4

COVID Renews Calls to Bring Down Pet Population - Cleveland Scene
COVID Renews Calls to Bring Down Pet Population  Cleveland Scene

Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home  Duluth News Tribune

Country Dayz Pet Resort sets 'Yappy Hour' - Wilmington News Journal, OH
Country Dayz Pet Resort sets 'Yappy Hour'  Wilmington News Journal, OH

Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - AZCentral
Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

Law enforcement seek public help investigating string of pet shootings in Pinedale - Oil City News
Law enforcement seek public help investigating string of pet shootings in Pinedale  Oil City News

As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk - Carolinacoastonline
As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips - Clarksville Now
Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

Adoptable pet: Meet Winnie - Tallahassee Democrat
Adoptable pet: Meet Winnie  Tallahassee Democrat

Pets of the week: Clark and JoJo need new homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Clark and JoJo need new homes  MLive.com

34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses - BuzzFeed
34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses  BuzzFeed

Fort Leonard Wood service member, spouse win $250 in AAFES pet photo contest - Myguidon
Fort Leonard Wood service member, spouse win $250 in AAFES pet photo contest  Myguidon

Pittsburgh Public Safety Urges Pet Owners To Avoid Leaving Animals In Cars Amid Soaring Temperatures - CBS Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Public Safety Urges Pet Owners To Avoid Leaving Animals In Cars Amid Soaring Temperatures  CBS Pittsburgh

Cove pet vaccination clinic hits record high - Coveleaderpress
Cove pet vaccination clinic hits record high  Coveleaderpress

FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video - CNN
FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video  CNN

Pet helps alert family of Franklin house fire - WSMV Nashville
Pet helps alert family of Franklin house fire  WSMV Nashville

Lightning strike sparks blaze that destroys N.J. home, leaves many pets dead - NJ.com
Lightning strike sparks blaze that destroys N.J. home, leaves many pets dead  NJ.com

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

Pet of the week: Cy - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Cy  Billings Gazette

My Pet Pal: Sperry - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
My Pet Pal: Sperry - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Chubbs - ThurstonTalk
Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Chubbs  ThurstonTalk

Pet of the week: Tippy - Middletown Press
Pet of the week: Tippy  Middletown Press

Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper - The Bethel Citizen
Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper  The Bethel Citizen

Open Farm Joins Loop to Sell Reusable Pet Food Packaging - waste360
Open Farm Joins Loop to Sell Reusable Pet Food Packaging  waste360

Why fireworks cause stress for pets and what you can do to help them cope - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Why fireworks cause stress for pets and what you can do to help them cope  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

Austin and Kat Expands Partnership with Pet Food Experts - PetProductNews.com
Austin and Kat Expands Partnership with Pet Food Experts  PetProductNews.com

Pet of the Week: Look at little Leo! - WKRG News 5
Pet of the Week: Look at little Leo!  WKRG News 5

Pet of the Week likes making new friends - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pet of the Week likes making new friends  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition - Fox11online.com
Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition  Fox11online.com

Pets of the Week: 100 Litter - WITN
Pets of the Week: 100 Litter  WITN

Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear - CNN
Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

THESE are the homemade wet foods you can feed to your pet dogs and cats - PINKVILLA
THESE are the homemade wet foods you can feed to your pet dogs and cats  PINKVILLA

Pets of the Week: Jasper and Herbert - Daily Bulldog
Pets of the Week: Jasper and Herbert  Daily Bulldog

Pet of the Week | Local News - Gloucester Daily Times
Pet of the Week | Local News  Gloucester Daily Times

Summer Pet Safety: Tips from 'The Street Vet' - CBS News 8
Summer Pet Safety: Tips from 'The Street Vet'  CBS News 8

What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider - Business Insider
What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider  Business Insider

2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire - WANE
2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire  WANE

How to create a pet-friendly landscape in your home - The Star Online
How to create a pet-friendly landscape in your home  The Star Online

Community Rallies For Kennel Owners Who Lost Jersey Shore Home, Pets To Lightning Strike Blaze - Rutherford Daily Voice
Community Rallies For Kennel Owners Who Lost Jersey Shore Home, Pets To Lightning Strike Blaze  Rutherford Daily Voice

Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown - Fox News
Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown  Fox News

4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry - Entrepreneur
4 Reasons the Pandemic Is a Boon for the Pet Industry  Entrepreneur

Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold - Forbes
Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold  Forbes

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