Here are some tips of basic proper hygiene for dogs:
• Ears– It is good to clean the ears at least once a week. Check for ticks, redness, inflammation, and unusual odors. If either of these symptoms exists, consult your veterinarian right away. For dogs with long ears and fur, checking their ears often helps prevent complications. To clean the ears, use a cloth dampened with oil or water. Get rid of the dirt inside the ears slowly and don’t try to clean deeply into the ear canal.
• Eyes– Eyes must always be clean. Eye infections are a big problem you want to avoid if possible.
Use a clean cloth to wipe away dirt from the eyes. Wipe it from the center towards the sides. Not the other way around. If you notice a yellowish discharge from the eyes, consult your veterinarian right away because this might be a sign of eye infection.
• Teeth– Dogs are likely to acquire to dental problems such as periodontal disease. As early as possible (puppy stage), include teeth brushing as part of their care so that they will get used to it. When brushing your dog’s teeth and gums, use formulated toothpaste for dogs. There are a variety of flavors that dogs will definitely love.
• Dog Bath– A thorough dog bath keeps dog smell clean and makes their coat shiny and soft. Also, bathing your dog helps you assess any problems in their skin. In addition, some shampoos kill ticks and fleas, and prevents them from infesting your pet. It’s not necessary to bathe your dog that often, generally every 6 weeks is adequate. Of course, depending on the breed and coat length, that can vary. If confused, consult with your vet or a professional groomer for more information.