If you are the proud owner of a brand new puppy, you have definitely come to the right place. Smaller puppies tend to get into a lot of messes, which is completely natural. Now, most dogs can maintain some level of hygiene once they reach a certain age. However, there are still some things that you will have to do for your dog. There are all sorts that you need to take care of. Whether you choose to do it all yourself or schedule regular trips to the vet, it is imperative that your pup gets the care and hygiene they deserve. For starters, this can do wonders for a puppy’s mood, along with ensuring that they do not get any viral/bacterial infections or diseases.
1. Bathing and Brushing
When it comes to bathing, the actual problem lies in dog-owners over bathing their dogs. The same goes for puppies. Over bathing can cause your pup to shed fur or lose its natural sheen. Therefore, it is best to stick to one bath after every two or three months, depending on how messy your pup gets. Once you are done with the bath, brush your pup’s fur thoroughly and dry them completely using a dog blow dryer. In addition, brush your pup’s teeth regularly to avoid the buildup of plaque and other gum diseases, these run fairly common among dogs.
2. Cleaning Your Pup’s Toys
This one might seem a little out there but cleaning your pup’s toy is as important as cleaning the pup itself. Depending on your pup, there is bound to be some amount of slobber on these toys, which is what chew toys are for after all. Since these toys are constantly coming into contact with all sorts of surfaces from time to time, they can carry bacteria as well. Therefore, after a certain period of time, try to sterilize your pup’s plastic toys in hot water. For plush toys, throw them in the wash with some dog-friendly detergent, and you should be good to go.
3. Taking Care of The Dog Bed
Now your dog likely has a dog bed or a kennel to sleep in, or perhaps both. Cleaning these out should be a regular chore as well. This is because it is an enclosed space and there is bound to be some amount of shedding, or food crumbs gathering over time. This is especially true for puppies. Therefore, you have to really take out your time to wash the dog bed or at least the outer covering twice every month, or you can vacuum it if you wish to do so.
At the end of the day, it is integral that you do your part in ensuring that your pup has the best hygiene possible. It does require a fair amount of commitment because dogs do tend to run around quite a bit and roll around in stuff so that you will need to regular about this. Happy hygiene!