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11/28/2011 Brushing Your Pooch

Brushing your canine regularly is important, not only to keep your dog looking and feeling great, but also to significantly decrease shedding, get rid of dirt, dead hair and dry skin, stimulate and spread the skin’s natural oils (which aid in promoting a healthy coat), and most importantly, so you can become familiar with your dog’s skin and coat. Becoming familiar with your pet’s skin and coat allows you to quickly recognize any signs of infection or other problems that may need treatment or a diagnosis from your local veterinarian.

When it comes to dog grooming, many pet owners often wonder, “How often?” In terms of brushing your canine friend for general purposes, the answer is roughly about every couple of days, regardless of the coat length.

Since there are many different types and styles of brushes and combs available, it is important to understand the main function of the brush you are planning to use. Brushes should be specific to your dog’s coat type and what you are attempting to accomplish, whether it be for general purposes, detangling, etc. Some common brushes modified according to coat types and purposes may include:

Bristle brushes: These brushes can be used for any type of coat. They consist of different spacing between the bristles and various bristle sizes and durability options.

Wire-pin brushes: These brushes are commonly used for brushing medium to long haired coats, in addition to curly and woolly coats.

Slicker brushes: These brushes are typically used to remove tangles or mats from your pet’s hair. These types of brushes can be identified by their fine wire bristles. If the knots on your pooch are too big, or are on sensitive areas such as the ears or underbelly, you may need to ask a professional pet groomer to do it for you to avoid causing harm or discomfort.

Brushing and combing your canine companion on a regular basis is vital in keeping their coat and skin looking and feeling good. Remember to brush ALL of the hair, as many dogs have more than one coat. Whether beginning at the head or tail end of your pooch, either is perfectly fine as long as you are thorough, working from one end to the other.

Remember, regular brushing is an important part of keeping your dog both healthy and happy. Make the experience fun and positive for both of you!

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