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For dog owners: things people should know about proper per hygiene

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf you own a dog, you need to take good care of it. Hygiene is necessary for our four-legged pets to make sure they remain healthy. Veterinarian Aelita Baumane and manager of popular DOGO dog feed brand in Latvia Ligita Strode share valuable pieces of advice on proper canine hygiene.

Ears

It is good to have a look at your pet’s ears at least once a week. Always check your dog’s years for signs of swelling, unusual smell or ticks. If you find any of those symptoms, always bring your dog to a veterinarian for a check-up. In order to clean your dog’s ears, use a moistened piece of cloth.

Eyes

A dog’s eyes should be clean at all times. Eye infection is a serious problem that can be avoided with proper hygiene. Use clean cloth to wipe dirt from the eyes of your dog. Wipe from the centre of the eye going to the side, not the other way around. If you spot yellowish excretions coming from your dog’s eyes, immediately bring your dog to a veterinarian – it could be a sign of eye infection.

Teeth

Dogs are especially in danger of getting teeth problems. As early in a dog’s life as possible – preferably when it is still a puppy – the dog should be trained for teeth cleaning. It’s important to make sure a dog is used to it from an early age. Pet shops sell special tooth paste and special tools for dogs, says DOGO brand manager Strode.

Bathing

Bathing is essential to keep your dog’s fur clean and soft. Bathing can also help prevent and/or find skin problems. Shampoos for dogs also kill ticks and flees. You don’t have to bathe your dog often – once every six weeks is enough. It also depends on the breed and size of your dog. If you don’t know how often your dog should be bathed, consult with a specialist.

Cutting nails

Cutting growing nails of your dog is an important part of taking care of your dog. If nails grow too long, they might break, which is painful for the dog and can also cause an infection. In order to cut your dog’s nails properly, you need to buy special pliers. Nails should be cut in the direction of their growth. For the first time, bring your dog to a veterinarian to cut nails. A trained veterinarian will be able to tell you were it is safe to cut nails.

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