Caring for Your Puppy

Clipping Toenails

It is important to clip your puppy's toenails. If you’re not sure you want to try it, you can always go to a professional to cut your puppy’s toenails. Clipping your puppy’s toenails avoids them having to experience overgrown toenails that might eventually push into your dog’s paw, hurting them in the process. Remember to cut off the tips and to avoid cutting the soft, fleshy part of a puppy’s paw.

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Ears

If your puppy has floppy ears, you might want to pay more attention to it more than you do a dog with pointy ears. Floppy ears results to poor air circulation, making it a hot spot for bacteria and parasite residence. The following are indications of ear problems for dogs:

– Constant shaking of head 

– Often scratching of ears 

– Unpleasant smell

When cleaning your puppy’s ears, never use cotton swabs to get the job done. Visit your pet store and get an ear cleaning solution. Apply some on a cotton ball and gently start swabbing your puppy’s ears. Squirt a small amount of the cleaning solution into your dog’s ears after swabbing. This simple step can help avoid ear infections.

Eyes 

Your puppy’s eyes are indicators of his health. They should appear alert and clear. Wipe away any crusts that build up in the corners to avoid irritations or infections from occurring. If your puppy has long hair, take care to avoid letting his facial hair grow to the point that it starts poking at his eyes. You can help by trimming the hair parallel to his eyes.

Teeth 

Proper dental care is a great way to help prolong your pet’s life. Make sure to clean your puppy’s teeth every day and have it professionally cleaned once a year as he grows.

Start by using your finger to gently rub along the surface of your puppy’s teeth. Once your puppy gets used to this, use a gauze or a soft cloth for a while. Once he seems okay with this too, you can now switch to a regular dog toothbrush.

Keep your puppy’s dental health in check by looking if he has any discolorations in the teeth and gums. Check if there are any loose teeth or lumps in his tongue. If you find any of these, it is important to have it checked as it might be an indication of something serious.

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Professional Groomers 

If you have a long-haired breed, it is a great idea to take your puppy to a professional groomer at least twice a year. They are experienced professionals who can do anything to groom and keep your dog in the best possible health.

Some long haired breeds need a hair cut in the summer.This is especially important if you live in a hot climate and have a dog that is suited for cold weather.

Cutting a puppy's hair takes patients and a steady hand.So it is important to be very careful not to cut your puppy's delicate skin.I recommend you go to a professional with the right tools and experience.Using a professional will save you a lot of time, and give the puppy a more positive experience.

If you prefer to cut your puppy's hair then buy the right equipment.Get a good quality clipper and introduce the clipper to the puppy very early, so it gets use to the sound and feeling of getting a hair cut.Be very careful and patient so you don't cut or scrape your puppy's skin