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Tip of the Month

5/14/2012 The Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, & Havanese

Dog Grooming Tips for Long Haired Dogs:

Many dog owners love lavishly long haired popular breeds like the Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, or the Havanese. Each breed has a specific coat style and everyone usually admires the “look”. What a lot of owners do not know is that there are basic grooming concerns related to these breeds that everyone should be aware of. Even though certain breeds get cuts and trims that look like the show dogs, certain steps have to be taken to keep their pets healthy and happy. Here are a few items you should look out for to prevent problems.

Summer Grooming – Caution, Dogs Can Get Sunburn

For all of the breeds listed above, unless you are purposely trying to keep the hair long like a show dog, you need to get it trimmed. A lot of people during the summer will request a summer trim. When requesting a summer trim for your dog, you need to take a couple of things into consideration. You do not want the hair too short. If the hair is trimmed too short and the dog is outside in the hot sun for a long period of time, he could get sunburned. The Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, and Havanese breeds will need some hair to protect their skin from the sun.

Winter Grooming – Think About Your Dog’s Hygiene

During the winter, owners may want to keep their dog’s fur a little longer but the dog’s hair should never be allowed to get too long. You want to avoid the hair from matting and if the hair grows to an excessive length, matting will occur. If you decide to have your Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, or Havanese sport longer hair in the winter, be sure the fur on and around the stomach and genital area is kept trimmed short and sanitary. The ears should be trimmed and cleaned up so that food or water does not cause matting in or on the ears. The owner should inspect the ears occasionally as well to avoid infections.

Trimming Your Dog’s Nails – Things To Consider

If your dog is an inside pet, you need to consider getting his nails trimmed a little more often than usual. If your dog can not go outside, he will not be able to wear down his claws the natural way by running around on the rocks or cement. You also do not want to forget the dewclaw. The dewclaw is the fifth nail on a dog’s paw, usually on the inside of the front legs and occasionally on the hind legs of the dog. Since the dewclaw does not touch the ground like regular nails, it is your responsibility to make sure the dewclaws do not grow into the dog’s skin. To avoid this, you need to make sure the dewclaws are kept trimmed just like the dog’s other nails.

Having a popular breed like a Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, or Havanese is a lot of fun. They bring a lot of joy into your life. To pay them back for their loyal companionship, make sure you do not overlook regular trimming to keep your pet healthy and happy.

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