Keep your long haired german shepherd clean and healthy
Are you a German Shepherd owner, but too lazy to groom it regularly? You don’t care how your long haired German Shepherd looks, you love him regardless? If your answers are affirmative, then I’ve got some bad news for you! Grooming is a necessity, rather than a luxury, for dogs which shed and play outside. If you don’t groom your dog on a regular basis, he might develop skin problems like rashes, bald spots and hot spots. Also long haired German Shepherd might suffocate or have breathing problems, as their body gets piled up with unwanted fur. So, grooming is not just a beautification process, it’s essential to keep your dog healthy and should not be overlooked. Here are a few tips to follow while grooming your canine companion:
1. You don’t have to groom your dog every day if he spends most of his time indoors. Twice a week would be just fine! If he’s a sporty fellow and stays outdoors more often, then he should be groomed daily.
2. It’s recommended that an adult person should shower at least once a day, but please don’t give your dog the same treatment! The coat that covers the skin of The German Shepherd is rich in natural oils and keeps the skin moisturized. Regular bathing would wash away the oils and leave the skin unpleasantly dry. A healthy German Shepherd requires only two-three baths per year.
3. German Shepherds change their inner body coats in the fall and in the spring. This is known as “moulting” and it takes approximately 4-6 weeks for completion. You should schedule their baths by then. New grown coats also require frequent brushing.
4. Use a de-shedder comb to brush your long haired German Shepherd thick double coat. Use it gently to detangle the matted hair and remove all dead hair from his coat. Use a softer brush to comb behind his ears and under his chin.
5. Your dog might get excited and make the grooming process quite burdensome if he sees people around him. You should groom your dog in a private, familiar place so that, he remains calm and co-operative.
6. Long nails will hamper the natural movement of your German Shepherd. However, if he’s accustomed to running around in harder grounds, his nails will grow at a much slower rate. Even so, you need to check them regularly and clip them at least once every two-three months. Be careful while you trim the nails and make sure you don’t cut its paws. German Shepherds are stoic in nature so, if they do get hurt they might not express it. Always check for bruises and cuts in your dog’s paws after a nail-clipping.
7. Dog shampoos have optimal pH levels for dog furs and skins, which are not as same as ordinary shampoos made for human use. Human skin and hair have different pH tolerance levels so using normal shampoos while bathing your dog is not a good idea. Avoid using shampoo in your dog’s head, and if you do, be extra careful so that it doesn’t get in your dog’s face or eyes. Use a sponge to clean him afterwards.
8. Ears and tail are the most common places where fungi and bacteria take shelter in the body of a dog. Check inside your dog’s ears while grooming and use cotton buds to remove wax and debris from there. If their ears are left unclean, accumulated earwax might lead to infection.
9. No matter how silly it sounds, you need to brush your dog’s teeth occasionally to keep them safe from plaque and decay. Dog teeth are more immune to cavity than ours but they too have their share of dental problems. Try to brush your dog’s teeth twice a week and check for bad breath every now and then. Contact the vet as soon as possible if you find any teeth or gum problems.