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Learning About Poodle Care

Jun 12, 2008
Deciding on which breed of dog to choose as a pet can definitely be intimidating, especially since there are so many different and wonderful breeds of dog to choose from. The Poodle is definitely one of the fan favorites here however, and this is for many reasons. They are affectionate and loving dogs, not to mention beautiful.

There are certain things that one will have to consider before deciding to get a Poodle however, and more than anything this refers to the Poodle care that is required. Investigating common health problems, such as Poodle allergies, might help you to decide if the breed is right for you or not.

One of the most important components of Poodle care is bathing. At the core of every proper dog grooming procedure is the bathing and drying process, but this is never truer than with the Poodle. If a Poodle is not bathed regularly enough or not fluff dried properly than they may experience problems and definitely will not look as attractive.

This will keep their fur from matting and getting tangled, and also make sure that they do not get dry skin or Poodle allergies. Poodle allergies might appear if harsh detergent shampoos as used for bathing. Chemical scents and coloring should also be avoided.

There are a few things that the owner should keep in mind when bathing their Poodle. For one, they should protect the dog's ears and eyes before giving them a bath, so that no soap or water will get into them. Conditioning is just as important as shampooing with Poodles because their fur is so long and needs to be kept soft and smooth. Also, their fur should be brushed or at least quickly combed both before and after each bath to keep it tangle free.

Food allergies are often misdiagnosed as fleabites or dry skin because they usually manifest as an itchy skin problem. Food intolerance causes diarrhea and vomiting, but Poodle allergies never have these symptoms. Food allergies usually occur in dogs between the ages of two and six years old and can be caused by a number of different things.

Many foods such as meats, preservatives, milk and grains such as corn and soy can cause Poodle allergies and treatment usually consists of eliminating foods from the diet one at a time until the culprit food is found and removed from the diet.

If someone in your family has allergies to dog dander you might want to consider getting a Poodle. This breed is the least likely to cause allergic reactions in humans. They do require a great deal of grooming, but their special coats are the reason some people will own no other pet.
About the Author
About the author: Lisa A Collins is a passionate lover of the Poodle and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle . Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Poodle Allergies plus a whole lot more.
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