A new puppy is a lot of responsibility and one of the tasks many pet parents forget is the need for grooming at an early age. Caring for your puppy’s maintenance needs should begin the day you bring your new puppy home. Whether you adopted from a store, kennel, breeder or friend, your puppy should get its first bathe and brushing before settling into the new surroundings. The friendly staff at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home can help you with further questions regarding the grooming needs of your puppy as well as the right tools to get your pup’s coat and skin in healthy condition.
Start with a nice warm room and bath for your new baby. Use gentle puppy shampoo and a soft, absorbent towel for the bath. Lather your puppy, rinse well and towel dry. Follow the bath by brushing your pup with a soft tipped brush. He/she will feel refreshed and smell sparkling clean, at least for a day or two.
Oral care should begin just as quickly as a bath. Be gentle and proceed slowly to get your new pup used to a toothbrush and the toothpaste. Begin with the introductions of the doggy flavored toothpaste by putting it on your finger. Your puppy will learn to like the taste. After a few days, rub the paste on the teeth with your fingers. The last step will be to place the doggy toothpaste on a small toothbrush or finger brush and gently rub on a few teeth at a time. In a couple of weeks your puppy should be used to the brushing process. Give it time as this is an important responsibility for the well-being of your dog from puppyhood through adulthood.
Once your puppy is about three months of age, it is imperative to find a personal professional dog groomer. Many pet parents are not aware of the importance of bringing a dog in at an early age. Even if a whole grooming is not necessary, these are the formative years for your pet. Grooming shops involve sights and many sounds that can scare an unfamiliar dog. Young dogs learn the process gradually, the shampoo process, intensity and sound of the blow dryers, the rumble, vibration and sounds of the clippers. They understand what is expected of them to cooperate and let their groomer work with them in order to make them look and feel better. Most dogs strut around their homes after a grooming as if to say “look how beautiful (or handsome) I am!”
Groomers do come with enough training to recognize some minor health issues in your pets. When shampooing a dog, it is easy to detect some skin problems, ear problems and of course dental disorders. While on the grooming table these problems can become more apparent. A dog with bad breath and yellowing teeth signifies the onset of dental disease in your dog. While cleaning the ears, a distinctive odor and/or drainage indicates the presence of an ear infection. Any mass of skin and coat disorders are apparent while blow drying and brushing the dog. There may be evidence of flaky skin, sores, redness, lumps and bumps, irregularly falling clumps of hair and more that a pet parent may not notice unless they examine their dog. Pet parents are alerted of any findings during grooming.
Some problems can be helped during a regular grooming such as giving your dog a good dental brushing, a thorough ear plucking (if necessary) and ear cleaning. Special shampoos can help alleviate some skin disorders though most need veterinary attention. Minor irritations can be remedied with a cortisone cream or spray.
Dogs are not always comfortable while at the grooming shop, especially if they have not been used to the process since puppyhood. Some dogs, however, never get used to the whole ordeal and can show some aggressiveness while at the shop. A lightweight Velcro muzzle along with some treats for good behavior may be all that is necessary to work with a dog that is a little apprehensive about the grooming “nightmare”. Using a calm tone of voice through the whole process helps to gain the dog’s trust. Many times it is just a matter of having a good rapport with the dog and knowing the pet that is being groomed.
Grooming a dog is more than just a haircut. It is a matter of being a hair stylist, vet tech and dog trainer all in one, caring for the dogs and loving them, by having a real relationship with them.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
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For the Chihuahua lovers in the Rockford area, you can check out – Chihuahua Land Rockford or Chihuahua Rescue. You can also find some beautiful, healthy Chihuahuas and other small puppies at – http://www.scottspuppypalace.com/teacuppuppies.htm.
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