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Puppy Care: The Power of the Shower

Jul 13, 2008
Being clean today is part of everyone's busy schedule. It is something that we as people do every day in order to maintain ourselves after we spend a whole day getting dirty. This same rule of thumb applies to little puppies. They spend plenty of time running around either outside or in your home. They spend most of their time on the floor or rolling around somewhere that is probably less than clean. This isn't something that is so serious but without good care it can become something that can escalate to other things such as fleas and ticks. These two things can be something that can be very harmful to a dog let alone a young puppy. The reason for this is because fleas and ticks carry with them many diseases that your puppy would be better off not having. They can cause all sorts of problems that your puppy shouldn't have to deal with at this stage in his life. Fortunately there are plenty of things you can do to prevent this from happening to him.

Fleas and ticks are usually more active in the summer but that doesn't stop them from spreading around other times in the year. This is especially true if your puppy is exposed to another dog that has either fleas, ticks, or both. If you suspect that your friends have a dog that has fleas or ticks make sure you act quickly because all it takes is one visit to bring this on. All it takes is just a bit of close contact to have your puppy get infected. It's something that you wouldn't see coming until it happens to you. There are many flea and tick medications but most of them are not suitable for use on a puppy that hasn't even matured yet.

There are many things that you can do to prevent these infections from happening. One of the most beneficial would be to give your puppy weekly or biweekly showers. For one thing, it will help keep them clean and smelling great. You really can't keep an eye out on them all the time and there will be times where they get into things that aren't exactly great. Giving those weekly showers is a great way to keep their coats shiny and fresh as well as flush out anything that might be infesting them as we speak. When you shower them, make sure you use soap that is appropriate for their age and coats. When you have the soap in your hands make sure that when you massage it in you go against the hair in order to try and loosen up anything that might be there.

Another thing that you can also do is invest in a brush that you can use to groom them. It doesn't matter if they have short hair or long hair. It is great way to brush lose anything that might be lingering on his skin and coat. Keeping them clean and healthy is something that shouldn't be skimped on.
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This author lives in Flemington, NJ with her husband and 5 month old daughter and is an expert contributing author for a luxury dog feeders boutique offering variety of dog beds and personalized dog beds.
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