Taking good care of your dog is the best way to help your dog live a happy, healthy, and long life. A moderate amount of exercise, nutrient-rich dog food, and regular veterinarian check-ups are three of the many ways to help your dog maintain its health. While grooming may be considered an option strictly for appearance, it also does have its benefits on dogs in regards to their longevity.
Grooming is much more than making your faithful companion look good, it also makes them feel good and acts as a preventative measure from future health concerns. Brushing your dogs coat on a regular basis and giving them a bath as often as needed gets rid of dead skin and also any sort of dander, bacteria, or dirt they might have picked up from outside. In addition, you’re getting rid of any loose fur that might be left around your house. Brushing your dog’s teeth or at least providing some sort of dental care is more important than most would think. It’s preventing bacteria and tartar from building up and ultimately preventing any sort of oral deterioration or decay that your dog might have in the future from possible build-up. Clipping toenails stops them from becoming ingrown and causing pain, and cleaning ears prevents ear mites or bacteria from growing as well.
While you may know your dog emotionally and mentally, it’s also important to know them physically and learn about every part of their body that way you’ll be more sensitive to any abnormalties or growths that were not present before. A dog’s attitude or temperament can be drastically affected by the smallest inconvenient pain, and by grooming your dog on a regular basis, you really are preventing a lot of potential problems in addition to the other ways you care for man’s best friend.