Back in the old days, we fed our dogs a diet of one of the few products we could find at the grocery or feed store. Aside from the occasional backyard flea bath, little or no hygiene routine existed for our pets. It never occurred to anyone that our animals needed any kind of a preventive maintenance routine to live a long and healthy life.
With the advent of food preservatives, coloring and the addition of high amounts of corn in dog food recipes as well as the use of pesticides and herbicides, our pets are exposed to many more environmental factors that can affect good health.
A routine that includes cleanliness and flea and heart worm prevention and dental, ear and nail maintenance can help your pet live a long and healthy life. Another benefit of performing a regular, "hands on" hygiene routine is that you can identify health issues before they get out of control and ultimately save on medical costs.
Keep your pet clean. Bathe in a good quality shampoo. Monthly baths will help to keep your pet clean and comfortable.
If you have a pet that has a long coat and needs grooming, ask your groomer to be sure and trim the belly on your boy, in front of the penis, to limit the amount of urine that ends up in the coat and to trim the hair around the genitals on your girl. And, trim hair in the "armpits". Also, ask your groomer to clean ears and anal glands when your dog is groomed. Ear and anal gland infections are common. A good groomer will be willing to do that for your dog.
Spend about 15 minutes, weekly, with your dog working on hygiene. Make it fun. Use lots of treats, take breaks between each process and make it positive. We recommend: