Dogs are wonderful animals. We keep them as pets because they keep us company; they are man’s best friend, they keep us safe, and they entertain us. Dogs are pets that love us unconditionally, which makes it important to reciprocate the love they show to us by doing all we can to make and keep them healthy, comfortable, and well-groomed.
It is safe to say that a lot of people do not give much thought to dog grooming when they decide to get a dog to keep as a pet. A large proportion of dog owners are only interested in the daily routine of feeding their dogs and taking them out for a walk. Don’t get me wrong! For dogs to stay healthy, they need good food and regular exercise; however, grooming them regularly is also very important.
Dog grooming can be defined as the hygienic care given to a dog and the process by which a dog’s physical appearance is enhanced. In other words, dog grooming is the hygienic care you give to your dogs to make them look their best.
Here are five essential dog grooming supplies that every dog owner should possess:
1. Nail Trimmers
Dog nails can grow so long and sharp that they could harm humans and destroy lovely household furniture; therefore, they must be trimmed regularly. Below are the different types of nail trimmers:
a) Guillotine Trimmers
They have a replaceable blade that cuts the nail when the handle is depressed.
b) Claw-style trimmers
They are spring-loaded and they cut the nail in a scissor-like fashion.
c) Scissor-like trimmers
They are not spring-loaded and they are the most suitable for cutting small and delicate dog nails.
It is important to cut your dog nails on a regular basis; however, care should be taken to make sure you do not cut their nails too short because cutting their nails too short could lead to bleeding. Also, make sure you grind down their nails with a filing tool after trimming them.
2. Dog brushes and combs
There are so many types of dog brushes available because dogs can have so many hair types. Therefore, you should take the type of hair on your dog’s body into consideration while choosing dog brushes and combs. Below are some types of dog brushes:
a) Wire pin brushes – For dogs with medium to long hairs
b) Slicker brushes – For breaking up tangles in medium to long-haired dogs
c) Bristle brushes – Suitable for most hair types
d) Rakes and mat breakers – For breaking up severe tangles and mats
3. Dog Shampoos
Soap-free dog shampoos are the best for bathing dogs. Some types of soap-free dog shampoos are Oatmeal shampoo, Tear-free shampoo, Medicated shampoos, and Conditioners.
4. Ear Cleaner
Cleaning your dog’s ears is the best way to make their ears clean and mite free. Ear cleaners should be natural and it should make your dog’s ear smell fresh.
5. Hair clippers
Hair clippers should only be used on dogs with medium or long hair.