Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dog Hygiene 101: Bathing, Grooming, Dental and General Hygiene


Doggy Hygiene is often the most overlooked aspect of owning a dog. There are many aspects to it so we decided to tackle each issue FAQ’s style. We are disclaiming that these are based on our personal experience and consultation with our resident vet. 


Q: How often do you bathe the dogs?

A: It depends, normally all of them is bathe at least once a week, however in situations where we are traveling, or we strolled at a park, usually we bathe them afterwards to remove all the dirt and other substances out of them. The Kardogshians are indoor dogs so their cleanliness is important to us.

Q: What shampoo do you use?

A: We use Whal’s Coconut Lime Oatmeal Shampoo, It’s a US brand which is available in some pet stores, we get ours at S&R almost exclusively. We love that brand firstly because of the aroma that lasts for days, but mostly because of it’s antibacterial and all natural herbal properties that can help protect and rejuvenate their skin and fur.

Q: Is there a proper way of bathing the dogs?

A: Vets have different opinions on the proper way of bathing a dog, we on the other hand stick to one way only. First we rinse the entire body removing all the grime, apply soap using a bath glove or brush, leave it for about 2 mins, rinse it off, and repeat, the important part is not to get soap on their eyes as it can irritate them for a long time. 


Q: How to remove intense odors?

A: There are dogs who need more attention in the odor department, these are usually dogs who are active or loves to explore the outdoors. In some cases when our dogs are awfully smelly, what we do is, we mix water and apple cider vinegar together 1/2 cup = 1 liter of water, rinse them using said solution, leave it for 3 minutes, then rinse with uncontaminated water, lather with soap, then rinse again

The science behind it is that apple cider vinegar has a neutralizing effect on body odor, even on humans. The Apple Cider Vinegar process also helps eliminate fleas and other pests. Just be careful! DON'T APPLY IT DIRECTLY TO THEIR SKIN

Q: How do you clean the ears?

A: There are a lot of ear cleaning solutions available at pet stores everywhere, we mainly use Play Pets’ Ear Doctor. Just put a droplet in and massage the ears, do this at least once a month, at most once every two weeks. Also during bath time we often clean their ears using damped cotton buds. 

If you’re wondering what it’s for or is foreign to the idea of ear cleaning, the purpose of which is to remove bacteria and to avoid yeast infections in the ears.

Q: How to remove tear marks?

A: It is one of the toughest jobs to do, you have to be very careful and precise. During bath time we use a soft toothbrush with soap to gently brush it off, if you do this every bath time, their tear marks will disappear in no time. Be extra careful not to get soap on their eyes, if you’re having a hard time with a toothbrush just use your fingers, it works too. 


Q: How do you keep their fur soft and silky?


A: We sometimes do a doggy hot-oil treatment. It’s all in the after bath “rituals” for our furry dogs like Harley Quinn, and Bart, every after bath, we use a hair dryer and a comb. Just like how you would normally blow dry your hair. Afterwards, massage the fur with a small amount of coconut oil, and blow dry once again.


Q: How often should you brush their fur?

A: It depends, Harley Quinn has thick fur but a curly one at that, while Bart has a double kinky long coats. Among the two, Bart gets matted easily, so Bart is brushed every other day with a metal comb, while Harley Quinn is brushed using a wire brush every 3 days. 

Q: How do you cut their nails?

A: This one’s a skill that took us a very long time to master, because it’s really hard, thanks to our instagram friend @KiratheYorkie who shared to us her secret on how to cut nails. The secret is basically patience, you have to cut one milimeter at a time so you wont overdo it and hurt your furbaby.

Q: What kind of nail polish do you use for Khaleesi?


A: There are a lot of people bashing us on social media whenever they see Khaleesi’s nail polished. AND TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, we use dog friendly nail polish, WE WOULD NEVER put our dog’s health on the line just to make them pretty, that’s insane for people to even assume. We use Color Paw or Pet Head


Q: What do you do when they shed?


A: Nothing, it’s a normal occurrence. It’s a dog’s way of adapting to the climate.



Q: Why does my dog have stinky breath? and how to avoid a stinky breath

A: According to vet and experts, a dog’s breath is the direct result of their diet and lack of dental maintenance. Dogs who eat fatty foods tend to have bad breath. SO to avoid such, keep watch on your dog’s diet and nutrition because your dog’s breath could be an indication of your dog’s health and dental hygiene.

Q: Do you brush their teeth?


A: Yes, atleast four times a week (but daily is ideal). We use SENTRY Perodex Enzymatic Toothpaste, which is available in some pet stores and vet clinics. It often comes in a set, with one toothpaste, one two-headed toothbrush, and a finger brush.


Q: How to Brush their teeth

A: Here’s how.


1. First you’d need to wet your brush just a little bit. Now apply a small amount of toothpaste 


2. Gently open your dog’s mouth and begin brushing.



Now at first try your dog will resist brushing their teeth but you’re going to need consistent practice and training in order to get it right. DON'T GIVE UP RIGHT AWAY. 


If you find yourself having a hard time with the brush stick, just use a finger brush which in our opinion is easier to use for first timers. You can just put a small amount in there and have your dog chew it all off by themselves


Q: Do you use denta stix?


A: Yes, look, we’re not going to play high and mighty here, we are busy people too living our busy lives with seven dogs, there are times when we simply just don't have the time to brush their teeth so we give them Pedegre’s Denta Stix instead, which are available in all pet stores and chain groceries

GENERAL HYGIENE



For this part instead of a Q&A we will be doing situation-remedy type of format since we’ve tackled almost all of the issues regarding doggy hygiene up to this point.

SITUATION: A DAY AT THE BEACH

A day at the beach can be an enjoyable leisure activity for both you and your dog, but the aftermath is often taken lightly than should be. YOU MUST bathe your dog afterwards! the sea salt can cause irritation and inflammation to your dog’s skin. Even if your dog didn’t go swimming in the ocean, the sand alone contains salt, so it is well advised you bathe your dog afterwards

SITUATION: MUDDY MESS

Dogs will be dogs, that’s what we always say, and dogs can be a messy bessy sometimes. We had quite the story when Bart rolled at a puddle in our apartment's roof top one time, and we didn’t notice until the mud was dry. It was a daunting task to clean it all off him, specially with the mud getting dried up all over his fur. But the solution was quite simple, you just have to rinse, apply soap, and leave it for a good 5mins, this will soften the mud, then rinse and repeat till your dog’s fur is good as new.

SITUATION: FLEA PROBLEMS

This problem is the worst. Once you’ve thought you got rid of the problem, a new flea comes in to say hello. What we do is, we use the apple cider vinegar bath (Instructions at the bathing section) it works magic and the dead fleas just come dying off your doggo. Another solution, is to use Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Drops which is more expensive than the apple cider vinegar bath but works just as well. It is also advised that you spray your house with the apple cider vinegar solution to permanently eliminate those pesky fleas.

SITUATION: POOPY PROBLEMS

This problem is common to long fur doggos, you know when little pieces of poop get stuck on your dog’s fur. Whether it’s a post diaper problem, or a simple poop accident what we do is we have our more fury doggos butt shaven so that the poop wont stick to their fur.


SITUATION: MATTING


There's not much you can do as far as matting is concerned as there are mattings that are absolutely impossible to untangle. however for those which stands a chance, apply a small amount of coconut oil and use a wire brush to untangle the matting


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XOXO The Kardogshians








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