How to Care for Your Dog:
Regular Care for Dog Health
Check for fleas regularly. If you find some, dip your dog in a bath of warm water up to her neck to remove most of them. Also check for ticks regularly, especially in summer. Be sure to look in the dog’s ears and between the toes. Remove any ticks you find, trying to pull out the entire body. If you find any fleas or ticks, ask your vet about a product that prevents them. Liquids that are placed on the back of the neck, such as Advantage, Frontline, and Revolution, work well. Most flea and tick collars are less effective.
Check your dog’s ears regularly for build-up of wax, ear mites (dark wax or black spots, which may make him shake his head or scratch his ears), or irritation, and clean them with special solution you can get from your vet. You can ask your vet to show you how to do this. Do not try to clean inside the ear canal.
Brushing regularly is good for dog health – it gives your dog healthy, shiny hair and removes dirt and dead hair.
Keep your dog clean. If your dog gets dirty or smells, bathe him. Wash the dog with pet shampoo, not human shampoo or soap or detergent made for other purposes. Rinse thoroughly to get all of the soap out.
If your dog’s toenails grow long, trim them with a tool made for dogs’ toenails. If you have not done this, ask your vet to show you how.
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