Feathers And Fleece
Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdog of Feathers and Fleece Farm - After grooming EARS
Ear care is something that is very important in every dog breed, especially if your dog is prone to ear problems.
Your dog's ears should be cleaned at the least once a month.
Look for dirt, scratches, parasites, or discharge when examining.
It may a little gross, but you should also smell the ears to ensure there is no odor.
All you need to do is moisten a cotton ball with mineral oil and gently wipe the ears out, going no deeper than the first knuckle on your finger.
Avoid using drying materials on a regular basis- this can cause the ears to dry out even when there's not a problem originally.
If the ear is oozing, you should see a veterinarian.
Eyes should not take up as much time.
For the most part, the only time they need cleaned is when you notice discharge or when you are giving your pup a bath.
However, you should do eye exams regularly, checking for redness or other signs of irritation.
They should be bright and clear with a pure white color (on the white part of the eye).
An easy way to keep them healthy is to gently wipe away the discharge in the corners with a cotton ball or washcloth moistened with warm water.
Do not rub the cotton ball directly on the eye.
It is important that you start playing with your puppy's paws as soon as you meet him.
This should get him used to your touch on his nails.
When you are trimming the nails, avoid clipping past the curve or you will risk hitting the quick.
It's harder to see the quick on darker nails, so clip only the hook-like part of the nail that turns down.
You should have some antiseptic powder on hand in case you do hit the quick.
This will help stop the bleeding.
Put a small amount of powder on the gauze pad and gently press it into the bleeding nail and hold for a minute.
You should give a lot of praise and treats while handling nails, as this will make him/her feel more comfortable.
Depending on the dog shampoo that you use, dogs can be bathed once a week.
If you use a gentle shampoo, this should be okay.
Feathers and Fleece Farm uses dawn dish soap as a safe and gentle shampoo.
This soap is very good with removing anything that may be stuck on the dogs fur.
When they see our groomer, they will use a shampoo specific for dogs.
When bathing your own dog, wet the coat and then shampoo.
Once you have soaked the fur in shampoo, let stand for about 5 minutes.
Once you have waited the allotted time, rinse the soap completely and wring out as much water that you can.
After you have done this, then you can towel dry.
It is very important that you wash all of the shampoo off of your dog's fur and skin.
You can use a hair dryer, but make sure it's set on warm and held approximately one foot away from the dog so it doesn't burn the skin.
It is easiest to begin with a finger brush or gauze pad gently scrubbing the teeth.
Later, you can start using a toothbrush and canine toothpaste.
Your dog's toothbrush should have soft bristles and your toothpaste must be formulated for a dog's system.
Human toothpaste can cause your pup's stomach to be upset.
Another alternative to toothpaste is a mixture of baking soda and water.