How to Care for the Coat and Nails of Your Dog 

Bathing and Brushing 

Brushing your pet at least once every week is actually a nice habit in order to remove dry skin and hair as well as to spread natural oils. If the hair of your dog is not matted and smooth, a bristle brush or rubber brush will actually, work fine. For matte, thick and matted fur, you can use a much slicker brush in order to work out its tangles, most especially around his tail. 


Whether you like it or not, your dog must get a bath once every three months and more often if your dog has skin problems or gets dirty outdoors. A good brushing habit before your dog takes a bath can also help get rid of any dead hair which can tangle, shed and even clog the drain. In addition to that, you should also make sure that you use a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs and not for people. You should also use a lukewarm water or even use a hose with sprayer. Clean his ears and face separately using a wet washcloth. 


The nails of your dog may naturally wear down. A good rule of thumb for this is to check the nails of your dog at least every two weeks. In case you hear any clicking sound when he is walking across the floor, it is probably the right time. 

Make sure that you only use a nail clipper that is made for pets, as well as replace its blades when they already get dull. The nails of your dog actually have a vein that is running through them and there’s a tendency that you can clip it if ever you cut their nails too much. It is hard to see that particular vein especially if your dog has black nails, which is why it’s best that you nip off a bit of his nail at a time in order to be on the safe side. 

Most dogs really hate getting their nails trimmed. Therefore, do not get frustrated if you are not able to do all its 4 paws in just one sitting. In addition to that, it helps if you touch the feet of your dog constantly as well as reward him if he will allow you to without showing any protest. 

Hot Spots and Fleas 

Fleas are not only itchy annoying, but they can also cause can skin allergies, anemia, and hair loss, as well as pass these diseases to your dog. This is the reason why it’s very important that you ask your Parkville vets if you need a product that prevents tick and flea such as a spot-on liquid, medicated, or even an oral medicine. 

Itchy, painful sores called hot spots can also happen or even get worse when a dog scratches or licks the same area over and over. Sometimes they are also caused by bacterial infections or sometimes by allergies. Furthermore, your dog might also need antibiotics, allergy tests, or pain medicine that’s why it’s recommended that you see a vet instead of self-medicating.