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Happy winter… Grooming, – By Varun Daroch

A well-groomed pooch looks like an angel any time. Let’s make our pooch look good and feel good, even during the chilly winter. Winter can be hard on your pooch. Make sure the pet stays as warm as possible to prevent chill and illnesses. And it is important to note that grooming is a must in winter. Here are a few tips to help your pooch shine:

  • Brush your short-coated pooch at least 3-5 times a week to keep shedding to minimum. 023Frequent brushing in winter will also keep your dog’s coat shiny, clean, and healthy.
  • Long-haired dogs also need grooming regularly to keep them properly insulated. Use a good slicker brush and a metal comb to groom your dog. Regular brushing, at least once a day, will keep your dog’s coat tangle-free.
  • If you make your long-haired dogs wear dog sweaters and coats, it can encourage underarm matting, so keep an eye for those tangles and comb them out before they become mats.
  • The winter season can be very hard on your dog’s paws. So, regular paw grooming and maintenance can minimise problems such as cracking, sores, blisters and infections.
  • Examine the foot pads and between the toes for any inflammation.
  • Use Vaseline on your pet’s paws to protect them from drying.
  • Trim the hair between your pet’s toes to reduce the chance of collecting debris.
  • When the need be dry clean or bathe your dog, be sure it is done fast in a warm environment.
  • Since cold weather may make your dog’s skin dry and itchy, choose a moisturising shampoo and conditioner for your dog.
  • Brush your dog thoroughly before giving a bath. Make sure you have removed any mats 024and excess hair before bath.
  • Use warm water to bathe your dog. The water should be warm enough to be comfortable for your dog but not so hot as to burn the skin.
  • Put a number of towels on the floor. The towels will help dry the dog quickly and absorb any dripping water while drying your pet.
  • Use a blow dryer to dry your dog quickly in winter. Use it on lowest heat setting and keep it at least six inches from your dog’s skin, so that you don’t burn him.
  • Use a dry shampoo if you do not want to bathe your dog when it’s too cold. Apply a liberal amount of the spray to the coat, brush it into the hair, and towel dry the dog.

Your dog is now clean and tidy. Happy winter!

(Varun Daroch runs Shevar Spa & Grooming Parlour for Pets (established in 2008) in Koramangala, Bengaluru. He is a certified canine and feline groomer trained in Singapore; www.shevar.com)

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Grooming myths busted!

Various myths about pet grooming always make us doubtful even while doing the right things. Here are some common grooming facts rectifying the realities obscured by general myths.

Myth: Nail grinders are safer than clippers.

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Fact: There is nothing like nail grinders are safe than clippers. Both are equally safe. But nail grinders have certain disadvantages against clippers as the sound of the machines sometimes scare dogs during the grooming session.

Myth: Cutting ‘the quick’ can cause the dog to bleed to death.

Fact: It could mistakenly happen to cut ‘the quick’ while trimming paw nails. But it’s wrong to assume that excessive bleeding due to cutting ‘the quick’ is fatal!

Myth: The nail guard on a nail clipper guarantees you won’t cut ‘the quick’.

Fact: There is no guarantee about nail guard on nail clipper being 100 percent safe from cutting ‘the quick’.

Myth: Bathing causes dry skin.

Fact: This is quite a common myth. Of course, excessive bathing removes the essential oil from skin. But there is no harm in bathing once in 10-15 days using the right products designed exclusively for pets. Don’t use any product manufactured for human on dog’s skin.

Myth: Shaving a long-coat keeps dog cooler in summer.

Fact: Clipping the coat in summer is recommended. But it’s completely a wrong idea to clean shave the dog in summer. Instead of giving relief, it may cause sun burn and other skin disorders.

Myth: A dog’s skin is healthier with mats in winter.

Fact: This is an absolutely unfounded myth. Trimming with proper de-matting always makes dog’s skin healthier in any season.

Myth: Letting your dog grow a long coat in the winter keeps him warmer.

Fact: It depends on the climatic condition of the region. If the winter is harsh with snowfall or extreme cold, it is not at all a wise idea to clip the coat too short.

Myth: Tooth brushing is unnecessary to a dog’s well being.

Fact: Tooth brushing is ‘must’ to keep your dog healthy. Instead of using brush, chew sticks or other chew items are available in the market for the purpose.

Myth: ‘Hypo-Allergenic’ breeds don’t need grooming.

Fact: It’s a wrong notion. Grooming does not have any ill effect to dogs having any problem.

Myth: Raw eggs make your dog’s coat better.

Fact: This is completely a misconception. There are appropriate ways to make coats better by using grooming products and right food.

Myth: Your dog’s bad breath is normal.

Fact: Dogs have a specific odour in their breath, but it is different from bad breath. The term ‘bad breath’ is equal to foul smell, which is a sign of something abnormal. So, consult your vet in case of any foul smell in your dog’s breath.

(Urmila Dabholkar runs Tail Waggers Pet Salon in Mumbai which has been in the industry for more than 12 years, delivering a wide array of grooming services including haircuts, conditioning and medicated baths, aroma therapy and more)

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Pawsitive grooming

The importance of grooming is well known to keep your pooch good looking and healthy. But not all pooches would take to grooming sessions positively. Here’s how to keep the stress out.

Early start…

It is very important that dogs learn to get used to grooming sessions starting from a young age. It’s a good

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idea to bathe your puppy for the first time when she is a few months old so that she gets used to bath, water, getting dried, brushed, getting nails trimmed, etc. If your dog is a breed who will require regular haircuts, groom her while she is standing on a table. Make sure the dog isn’t able to jump off and is supervised at all times!

Grooming etiquettes…

Dogs’ behaviour during grooming will depend on various things such as whether they have been to a grooming salon before, and if so their experiences while there and if they are groomed at home, their general temperament and the mood on the day. When grooming a dog for the first time, you should always take time to assess the dogs’ general temperament beforehand as this will give you a good idea of how the dog is going to react to being groomed.

Handling the touch-me-not’s…

When you are brushing your dog, she may not like it and may try to get away. If she decides to protest when you touch the dog, backing off can give the dog the wrong message and will learn that people actually want to be informed of a dog’s wishes through growls, snarls and snapping teeth! However, if you overreact and are aggressive with the dog for protesting, you can make the dog more defensive. The best way to deal with a dog who doesn’t want to be groomed is to take it slowly and as much as possible ignore the bad behaviour so that the dog learns that trying to bite or throwing a tantrum isn’t going to get her own way, eventually the dog will give up and they usually realise that grooming is actually nice! Talk to her in a calm tone and give her treats when she allows you to groom her.

Handling the nervous kinds…

Dogs may be nervous or scared when they are first groomed and this could be because they have had a bad experience, are not well socialised or just naturally nervous. The dog will show her nervousness by trying to hide, avoiding eye contact, laying on her back and possibly even urinating. Some nervous dogs may also be fear aggressive and may try to bite if they are pushed too far, so you should be especially careful with nervous dogs.

The best way to deal with a nervous dog is to take things slowly but be confident, at first it is best just to try and make friends with the dog, maybe sit on the floor so you are at her level and try to get her to interact with you, using treats or toys or whatever the particular dog likes. Once you start grooming the dog, you should introduce everything slowly and make no sudden movements as this will make the dog realise that you are not just going to suddenly do something nasty. Also talk the dog through everything you are doing in a calm soothing voice, she won’t know what you’re saying but it will help her to stay calm. The more often the dog is groomed and handled, the more she will learn to trust you and grooming will become easier and more enjoyable.

Handling the hyperactive ones…

Dogs may also be excited about being groomed and may be hyperactive, jumping around and barking which can make the dog difficult to groom. If possible, take her for a good walk or run before grooming and try and get rid of excess energy. While grooming, be calm and try to make the experience as relaxing as possible. Teach the dog that overexcited behaviour gets them ignored while calm behaviour gets them attention.

Brushing can be fun too…

When brushing she may try to bite the brush, if this happens you should introduce the dog to brushing gently using a soft brush to show the dog that brushing isn’t painful and work your way by using a more effective brush or comb. The same may be true for using clippers as it makes a strange noise and vibrates which may make the dog unsure. If she is wary of the clippers let her have a good look and sniff the clipper while it is turned off and then run it over the body. Once the dog is happy with the clippers, you can turn it on (without a blade) and repeat the process until she is happy with the noise and vibrations.

Making bathing a thrill…

The most common problem is that dogs try to jump out of the bath and get away from water. In this case, you should turn the water pressure right down to make it a stream rather than a spray and start at the back legs, slowly working your way up the body until the dog is used to the water.

Once she is used to the grooming routine, you shouldn’t have any problems and most dogs enjoy it so much they may well fall asleep!

(Samantha Laws has been a professional Canine Stylist since 2007 and running her own business ‘Doggy Styling’. A member of British Dog Groomers Association and English Groomers Group, she takes part in grooming competitions around the UK. She can be contacted at: sam@doggystylinggrooming.co.uk)

Mamma … Brush up your grooming skills

Who doesn’t want a well-behaved and a great looking kid? Well! We all do. With little care and loads of love, we can easily convert our loving pooches into great looking kiddies. Brushing works wonder, if done properly with a little care. Grrrrrrrooming…might sound great to our four-legged friends as well, if we do it in a way D&P propagates.

Brushing is the basic facet of grooming, there’s a lot involved in it, it has to be done in a proper way. Its way and requirement varies with breed and moreover brushing and combing are not so identical as well…so to know more about all such nitty-gritty of brushing and combing, just go through a few mentioned tips that will surely add more BOW effect to our doggies’ looks.Right brush for the right breeddog grooming

The brush that we use for brushing is breed specific. For long-haired breeds such as Lhasa Apso, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Pomeranian and Shih Tzu, use curved wire slicker or pin brush with rounded tips to prevent damage to the skin. For short coat breeds with dense undercoat like Terrier, GSD and American Eskimo, always use a slicker and for smooth coated breeds like Boxer, Doberman, Labrador, Greyhound, Basset Hound and Pitbull – all we need is just a comb.

Canine coat conditioning

Before combing, it is always advisable to spray a good quality conditioner on the coat. This will help to loosen knots and smoothen the coat… thus making brushing easier for pooches, especially for the longhaired breeds. Coat conditioners are available in the market.

Correct brushing pattern

Professional groomers start with the hindlimbs and then move to head and ears. Brushing avoids matting in dogs and removes the dead hair from the coat. Don’t be in a hurry during brushing and brush gently on tummy and inside his legs. Most important…brush stepby- step, targeting one section and layer of his coat at a time.

Tackling knots and tangles

For long-haired breeds, daily brushing is required and to remove tangles and knots, comb…gently. With deep stokes of comb, we can easily get rid of tangles. Use your hands to hold hair…so that it may not hurt our cuddly canines.

Doing it the right way

Brush before a bath…and comb after brushing. If an area is matted, use scissors to cut the matted area. Be patient and gentle with your precious one so that the bristles of the brush may not hurt him. Most of all, ensure he has a great time. Do treat him with his favourite treat for being patient.

Tuffy…Ginger…Sparkle… Bravo…Gooofy….Oh! They all are just rushing to their mammas for a brushing session…while we wish them all the great looks!

– by Smita Mishra
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GROOMING: A smart way to a healthy life

Grooming is the time to care and bond with your pooch. Most important, it is the first step towards a healthy canine.

For most of us, grooming refers to external beauty care of pets. But, as we say ‘beauty is only skin deep’ and gr1while grooming, we actually check out for health problems in our pets. A wellgroomed dog will remain free from some of the most commonly encountered problems viz., skin affections, ear and dental problems. Grooming also improves bonding between pet and owner since it gives a closer feel of each other.

Start early

Pet owners often complain that their pet resists grooming sessions. This mostly happens if they are not accustomed to grooming. So, start grooming your pet from an early age (for e.g. a month’s age) and make it a regular practice. This would make grooming a pleasant experience for you as well as your pet.

7 Steps to healthy grooming

  1. Brushing and combing  
    • Choose a suitable brush or comb as per the fur of your pet (long coat – pin brush, medium coat – steel comb and short coat – hard brush).  
    • Brush and comb daily or at least on alternate days.  
    • Ensure that hair coat throughout the body is combed and brushed properly.  
    • In long hair dogs, carefully remove the matts from hair.  
    • Brushing removes dirt and debris from the hair coat, making it cleaner and healthier.  
  2. Massage  
    • Dogs should be properly massaged at least twice a week to keep their skin and fur in good shape.  
    • Massage can be done with fingertips or massage gloves.  
    • Massage should be done with enough pressure over the skin.  
    • Dry massage is preferred in dogs except for any specific skin condition wherein oil massage is to be given.  
    • A proper massage will increase the blood circulation to provide vitality to the skin.  
    • Massage will also open all the pores of the skin to assist the secretion of natural oil from the glands situated beneath the skin.  
    • The oil secreted keeps the skin lustrous and fights infection due to antimicrobial property.  
  3. Bathing  
    • Dogs should not be frequently bathed. An alternative to bathing is massage and brushing.  
    • Preferably a month’s gap should be given between baths.  
    • Selection of soap and shampoo is very important for each bath as it will depend on the condition of the skin and hair at that point of time. As a general rule, mild dog soaps and shampoos (without any chemical agents) should be used if the skin is free from any infection. In case of infection or ectoparasite infestation, specific soaps and shampoos can be used as per the vet’s advice.  
    • Never use human soaps and shampoos since they may cause irritation to dog’s skin as they differ in pH and may have certain chemical agents not suitable to dogs’ skin.  
    • Excess quantity of soap and shampoo should not be used since it will be difficult to rinse. Shampoo should always be used after mixing in water.  
    • Rinse your dog properly with water after application of soap and shampoo so as to remove the froth completely since the left over soap and shampoo will create irritation, itching and dryness.  
    • Following bath, the dog’s fur and skin should be dried with a towel or drier. Avoid excessive heat while using drier. Drying is very important as the presence of moisture trapped in fur is a very good medium for growth of infectious agents.  
  4. Trimming and cutting 
    • This is required to remove hair matting, lighten the pet’s coat mainly during summer or to give a smart look to your pooch.  
    • Never cut the hair too short since it may increase the chance of skin affections as the hair coat serves as the barrier to infectious agents, dirt and debris.  
    • A competent groomer can give specialized cutting suitable as per the breed’s requirement.  
    • In long hair breed, hair around the eyes should be regularly trimmed to avoid irritation and injury to the eyes.  
  5. Ear cleaning  
    • Clean your dog’s ears every 15 days to one month.  
    • Also clean the ears after every bath to remove moisture, soap or shampoo.  
    • Use plain cotton for ear cleaning.  
    • Wax dissolving agents can be used to remove excess wax.  
    • For any ear problem, consult your vet.  
  6. Dental cleaning  
    • Dental cleaning is done for cleaning of teeth, removal of plaque or tartar.  
    • It is required to prevent dental problems like bad smell, pyorrhoea and dental decay.  
    • Consult your vet for proper dental cleaning.  
  7. Nail cutting  
    • Nail cutting is essential to facilitate proper walking since due to overgrown nails, the dog’s gait may become faulty and undue pressure may be applied on his legs.  
    • Long nails can entangle with any object that may cause injury. Sometimes the overgrown nails take round shape and get engorged in the skin, causing injury.  
    • Nail cutting is a very specialized procedure and should be done only by a pet practitioner.  
    • Only the dead part of the nail should be cut. Any injury to the live part of nail will lead to severe bleeding.  
    • Most of the dogs resist to nail cutting hence it is important to get them accustomed to this procedure since early age.  
    • Give your pooch a soft pad massage to improve circulation and cure cracked pads.  
    • Remove soiled hair around the soft pads as your dog may lick it, which can cause injury and infection.  

A well-groomed dog is a smart, happy and healthy dog. So, what are you waiting for…pick up your dog’s grooming kit and transform your pooch into a beautiful companion. (Dr. Aradhana Pandey is a vet and owner of Doggy World, an exclusive set up for dogs catering to all needs, including specialized grooming. She can be contacted at 09811299059.)

Health check

Regular grooming can help avoid following health problems :

  • Tick, lice and flea infestation : These problems can be timely identified and solved.  
  • Bacterial, fungal and non-specific dermatitis : Proper grooming leads to secretion of sebum that has an antimicrobial property. By regular grooming, the lesions are timely identified and treated. 
  • Fall of hair : Grooming removes the dead hair and vitalize the hair.  
  • Dull and coarse hair coat : Grooming will secrete the natural hair oil.  
  • Ear infections : Regular ear cleaning will remove excess wax that is a good medium for infectious agent growth. Besides, the oils used for aural hygiene have wax dissolving and antimicrobial property.  
  • Dental problems : Regular dental cleaning will remove the plaque.

7 GROOMING WONDERS for your Lhasa Apso

Spruce up your Pooch………

The cuddly look of these ancient Tibetan dogs belies an independent and bold temperament. Here are a few tips to make your Lhasa look pretty and his mane beautiful:

  • Lhasa Apsos have a thick double coat and beneath a long coarse overcoat lies a soft undercoat. Their dense coat requires regular, almost daily grooming to prevent matting.
  • Begin the grooming session by gently coaxing your dog to lie down on his side. Remove any matts that you find using a pin brush and be careful not to break any hair as you do so. Using the same pin brush, brush the coat out gently in the direction that it grows. Once you have pinbrushed the entire coat, go over it again using a soft bristle brush.
  • Bathe your dog after you have brushed him thoroughly. Squeeze the shampoo gently through the coat to prevent tangling. Great care should be taken to rinse thoroughly as shampoo left in the coat can cause skin irritation that will lead to scratching and a tangled matted coat in no time.
  • The coat usually require a light conditioner as well, so use a shampoo with conditioner or you can also apply a cream rinse available at some pet shops.
  • When you towel your dog dry, squeeze the excess water from his coat with the towel and if you want the correct look for his breed, blow dry him with cool air rather than letting the coat dry naturally.
  • Lhasa Apsos have very sensitive eyes and great care should be taken to make sure that the area around the eyes is kept clear and clean.
  • If you find it difficult to follow a regular grooming routine at home, you can seek the help of a professional groomer and trim your Lhasa Apso’s coat, keeping it at a length that is manageable for you and comfortable for him as well.

(Gauri and Urmila, at TailWaggers Pet Salon have been providing the latest and best grooming facilities for the past 5 years. To make your pet look stylish, call at 9820127572.)

 

6 Tips for that perfect body stats…

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A healthy body has a healthy mind and who wants to be obese? Besides spoiling the entire look, obesity causes a multitude of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and joint or skeletal disorders in our canine as well. But don’t worry, here are a few tips to make your dog get back into shape:

  • Correct amount of food : Reduce the size of meal and keep each serving consistent. Feed your dog according to his breed and age.
  • Overfeeding : You may have an irresistible tendency to feed your animal companion whenever you are eating something. Don’t give in to their temptations and regulate their food intake.
  • Low calorie treats : In case, you use treats to train your pets, make sure they are low in calories.
  • Exercise : A little extra walk or playtime will help your dog to reduce fat.
  • Genetic predisposition : Hormonal disorders like thyroid or pituitary gland dysfunction also contribute to obesity. Consult your vet for the same.
  • Consistency : In order to achieve the desired weight, he would need to be kept on a weight reduction programme for at least 8 – 10 months. But consult your vet before beginning any such programmes.

Pet grooming made easy

Grooming provides bonding time along with ensuring that you’ll keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy and be aware of any subtle changes in condition.

Start early

The first step in home grooming is to teach the dog to accept the attention. Start as early as possible and make this interaction an enjoyable experience for your lil’ darling.

Tools

A basic home grooming kit for a long-coated dog should include a soft wire slicker brush, a comb that has both fine and coarse teeth, a universal brush and mat comb for dealing with tangles. A kit for medium-coated or short-coated dogs should include a slicker brush or flexible-pin brush. Bony dogs should be brushed with a soft brush or one with blunt bristles. Feathery hairs on the legs, ears, and tail should be combed. A nubby glove or coarse rag is suitable for grooming faces and for stimulating the skin and conditioning the coat on short-coated dogs.

Bathing

Dogs don’t need frequent baths as it can dry the natural oils in canine skin and lead to constant scratching, which in turn can lead to bacterial infections and oozing hot spots. Tips for bathing your loving dog :

  • Before bathing, clear all tangles from his coat.
  • Teach him to stand in the tub, then add warm or tepid water.
  • Soak him to the skin, lather, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Take care to keep water and soap out of his eyes and ears and clean his face and the insides of his ears with a sponge.

Daily examination Check your canine thoroughly to make sure he has no cuts, sores, fleas, rashes, bumps or ticks in his coat or dirt in his ears. Remove fleas with a fine-toothed comb and drop them into a container of soapy water. Remove embedded ticks with tweezers or protected fingers and drop them in a vial of alcohol. Carefully remove vegetative matter such as grass awns, seed casings, or thorny twigs with fingers or comb.

Be prepared for mats

Dogs should be combed frequently and completely to prevent kinks and knots caused by intertwining of hairs or by dirt, grit, or vegetative matter in the coat. Mats can pull tender skin and cause pain and lead to hot spots or wounds to irritated skin and eventual infection, general skin outbreaks, or fungus or insect invasion.

When grooming a dog with a tangled coat, work gently to avoid irritating the skin. Comb the outside of the tangle, gently progressing towards the skin, just as you would comb a child’s snarled tresses. If the coat is severely tangled or matted, work in short sessions and praise the dog frequently for accepting sometimes irritating or painful combing. Or consider taking the pooch to a professional. ­­

Shedding

Shedding can take anywhere from three weeks to two months. Regular grooming can help control clouds of hair that scurry into corners and under furniture and encourage growth of new coat. Shedding is controlled by hormonal changes that are tied to photoperiod (day length) and is influenced by level of nutrition and general state of health. In addition to natural biennial shedding, a dog may drop his coat after surgery, X-rays under anesthesia, and whelping puppies.

Skin

Healthy skin is certainly a consideration for a well-groomed dog, and healthy skin begins with a good diet.

Grooming is essential for healthy skin, not only for keeping him clean, but for making the owner aware of any problems that may be developing. Flea allergies can cause severe skin problems, so daily examination of the dog during flea season is a must. Treat the house for fleas as well.

Contact allergies can also cause skin to break out. Irritated skin leads to scratching, which can open the skin to staphylococcus infections. Skin irritations and infections can crop up overnight, so keep a close eye on the situation.

Ears

All dogs should have their ears checked periodically. Dogs with droopy ears are especially susceptible to fungus and bacterial infections and should be checked at least weekly. Veterinarians can prescribe cleaning agents for ears to dry them out. Infected ears can also lead to further complications. Not only is the dog painfully uncomfortable, he may cause a hematoma by breaking a blood vessel while shaking his head in response to the discomfort.

Feet

Dogs should have their toenails cut every two to three weeks. Dog nails have a quick that can be seen as a darkening of light-colored nails but is invisible on dark nails. The quick has a nerve and blood supply; nicking the quick not only hurts the dog, it causes profuse bleeding, or have the vet or groomer do the job.

Include an examination of the dog’s feet into a grooming session to make sure there is nothing stuck between the pads. Seeds from some grasses can stab into the pad, pebbles can get stuck, chemicals used on lawns can burn, and fungus can cause irritation, which leads to licking, which can eventually lead to hot spots and infection. To pamper your pooch, seek the help of a professional groomer.

(Dr. Gandhi Narendra graduated from Punjab University in 1990. He can be contacted at : 9811057296, 9811897903.)

FAQ GROOMING

Cleanliness is next to godliness and it applies to our canine friends as well. To keep your dog clean, healthy and looking his gleaming best, follow a grooming routine that suits his coat type. Most of the time, people do not know how to groom their pets. Gauri and Urmila of TailWaggers Pet Salon, Mumbai answer some of the frequently asked questions on grooming.

Q?:?How can I take care of my dog’s paws and keep them clean on a regular day-to-day basis?

Gauri and Urmila?:?Taking care of your dog’s delicate paws is an important part of his daily grooming routine. Since paws have very less protection, after his every walk, make sure you inspect his feet carefully for any injuries, blisters, or ticks. Make sure you check between the digits as well. Please do not wash his feet everyday because this can pre-dispose to a fungal infection. If his feet are very mucky then wipe them with a damp towel. Make sure you dry them completely before you let him go. If his paws are very dry or rough, you can apply a little bit of aloe juice on them once or twice a week. Long-haired dogs tend to have a lot of hair growth between the digits of their paws. It is advisable to keep this hair really short. Often this hair is where dirt, ticks, fleas, etc end up after your dog has been out. You can do this at home only if your dog co-operates, otherwise it is best to take him to a professional to avoid any accidents.

Q?:?How can I trim my dog’s nails?

Gauri and Urmila?:?You need to be very careful while trimming your dog’s nails, if you intend doing it at home. There are dog nail clippers available at all pet shops. You need to cut the nail just at the point where it starts to curve downwards. You have to avoid the quick, which is the area of the nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. Cutting the quick accidentally will make your dog bleed and is painful. It is easy to spot the quick if your dog has white nails. Look for the pink line that starts from the base of the nail and extends downward  towards the tip. When you trim, clip below the pink line to avoid cutting it. If you accidentally cut the quick, keep cotton dipped in tincture iodine handy to stop the bleeding. If all this seems a bit complicated, get your dog’s nails trimmed by a professional.

Q?:?What care should be taken when I am pulling out ticks from my dog? And how do I then destroy the tick?

Gauri and Urmila?:?While removing a tick from your dog’s skin, apply a tiny amount of vaseline around that area. Then slowly but firmly pull out the entire tick, body and head. The vaseline loosens the ticks grip on his skin, thereby making it easier to remove the entire tick without its head remaining embedded inside. Once removed, you can destroy it by disposing it in a jar containing diluted dettol.

(Gauri and Urmila, at TailWaggers Pet Salon have been providing the latest and best grooming facilities for the past 5 years.The services provided at The TailWaggers Pet Salon include haircutting, show grooming, oil massage, shampoo and conditioning, tick and flea control treatments, ear cleaning, teeth brushing and nail-clipping, aromatherapy rinses, detangling treatment, etc. They can be contacted on 9820127572 .)

FAQ on Grooming

Cleanliness is next to godliness and it applies to our canine friends as well. To keep your dog clean, healthy and looking his gleaming best, follow a grooming routine that suits his coat type. Most of the time, people do not know how to groom their pets. Gauri and Urmila of TailWaggers Pet Salon, Mumbai answers some of the frequently asked questions on grooming. Q?:?How can I groom my dog at home? Gauri and Urmila?:?A few simple steps should be followed as a regular grooming routine. Brush your dog often, at least once or twice a week. Clean his eyes with moist cotton wool daily. Check his ears after every bath and clean the inner flap gently with dry cotton, without probing too deep into the ear canal. Also check for any foul-smelling discharge from the ear and get it treated by your vet immediately.  Brush his teeth once a week with a dog toothpaste and tooth brush available at all leading pet shops. Last but not the least, run your fingers through his coat every day to keep those pesky ticks and fleas in check.

Q?:?My three-year-old Labrador sheds a lot of hair. What can I do to reduce or stop his shedding? Gauri and Urmila?:?Dogs shed hair for a lot of reasons. Two of the most common reasons are seasonal shedding and flea allergy. Seasonal shedding is a normal healthy function of a dog’s body, but excess hair can drive you nuts. To keep mess to a minimum, daily brushing is vital. Most of your dog’s loose hair should end up in your brush and not in your environment. For your Labrador, use a bristle brush or a hound glove (available at all leading pet stores) and first brush against the direction of your dog’s hair growth. This will help to remove any excess hair from underneath. Then, using the same tool, brush in the direction of the hair growth to pick up loose hair on the surface. Also, check for fleas and use a good flea control shampoo recommended by your veterinarian. If the shedding persists then you need to look into his diet and rule out other causes of shedding under your veterinarian’s guidance. Q?:?Can I use human shampoos and toothpastes on my dog? Gauri and Urmila?:?Please do not use human cosmetic shampoos on your dog because the pH-level of shampoos specially made for dogs is different than that of human shampoos and using human products could harm your dog’s skin.

In the case of toothpaste, we humans rinse our mouth and spit out the paste  and dogs do not. They swallow the paste. That means their toothpaste must be edible. Therefore, always use a specially formulated dog toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth. Moreover, lot of canine toothpastes are available in flavours that your dog will enjoy and will easily allow you to brush his teeth! Different brands of dog shampoo and toothpastes are available at all leading pet shops.

(Gauri and Urmila, at TailWaggers Pet Salon have been providing the latest and best grooming facilities for the past 5 years. A new branch has been opened at Oshiwara, Mumbai, which is run by David – a certified French pet groomer with 12 years experience. The services provided at The TailWaggers Pet Salon include haircutting, show grooming, oil massage, shampoo and conditioning, tick and flea control treatments, ear cleaning, teeth brushing and nail-clipping, aromatherapy rinses, detangling treatment, etc. They can be contacted on 9820127572 or David on 9819042983.)

Grooming your lil’ tail wagger

Your pup looks cute and adorable and you will go to any extent to keep him that way. Regular grooming will not only keep them neat and tidy but will also keep them healthy.

Bringing home a puppy means different things to different people. Along with all the laughter and joy that a new puppy’s arrival brings, there are details like toilet training to take care of, vaccinations to get done, food & chewies to shop for, his bedding to be decided and so on and so forth. Among all these tonnes of things, a lot of times an important issue takes a backseat – grooming, which plays an important role in their pet’s well being.

Benefits of grooming:

Other than keeping your pup clean, comfortable and looking good, hands-on grooming also gives you a chance to inspect him regularly and make sure his skin, eyes, ears and nails are healthy. Grooming also helps stimulate the sebaceous glands that provide the oil that keeps the skin in good condition.

Brushing his coat:

Because grooming is so important, it is vital that you teach your puppy to tolerate it as soon as you bring him home. Even if he is only a fur ball right now, spend time brushing his coat. Practice lifting those puppy paws up and manipulating them. If he learns now that grooming is a part of everyday life, he will be more cooperative when he is an adult. If you wish to send your dog to a professional salon for grooming, that too should be done at an early age. Start with brushing your pup thoroughly twice a day. Short coated breeds are obviously much easier to groom than long-coated breeds. Make sure you brush the undercoat as well as the outer coat. Matts tend to form the most behind the ears and the underbelly and these areas need to be paid special attention to. It is always important to keep a long-haired dog thoroughly brushed. Different kinds of brushes and combs are available at all pet stores, so make sure you get the right kind of brush best suited for your dog’s coat.

Bathing your pup:

Consult the vet about how often to bathe your pup. Puppies need baths less regularly than full-grown adult dogs. Be prepared to be soaked to the skin yourself while you are bathing your puppy. Make sure you have everything you need close at hand before you put your puppy in the bath. You will need a water proof apron for yourself, specially formulated tearless puppy shampoo (available at pet stores), a towel and a hair dryer (especially for the long-haired ones). Pour a jug full of luke-warm water over him, taking care to see that no water goes into his eyes and ears. When you have soaked him completely, rub the shampoo thoroughly into his coat. Use your hands to work up a good lather all over the body, gently talking to your puppy as you do. After this, rinse him out completely making sure that no trace of shampoo is left on him. Let him shake off the excess water and towel dry him as much as you can. If you have a long-coated breed, it would be a good idea to get him used to the sound and feel of a dryer.

Cleaning ears and teeth:

Check your pup’s ears and teeth once a week. Gently clean his ears with cotton wool but never poke or prod into the ear canal. To keep his teeth sparkling and clean and to help him during teething, give him chew sticks, which are also a yummy treat. Get his nails clipped by his veterinarian or a professional regularly. Run your fingers through your pup’s coat everyday to check for ticks and fleas. If an infestation does occur, check with his vet about the kind of tick and flea shampoos best suited for pups. We hope all these tips will help you to groom your pup better. And remember the quality time you spend grooming him will help you establish a closer bond with him.

(Gauri and Urmila at Tail Waggers Pet Salon have been providing pets with the latest and best grooming facilities for the past 4 years. You can contact them at 9820127572 or 022-56067271.)