For those that couldn’t make it to the walk (and in case any of the participants have missed out on something), here are the top questions asked, followed by Serena’s top tips.
How often should I wash my dog?
Most dirt on your dog’s coat, once dry, can simply be brushed off. Avoid washing your dog with shampoos as much as possible, as they can strip the natural oils out of your dog’s coat. I recommend using a natural shampoo such as Paw Naturel as they are kind to your dog’s coat and skin.
What should I use to clean my dogs ears?
Avoid cleaning your dog’s ears too often as the ear leather can become sensitised. Earthbath ear wipes are a super easy and convenient way to clean a dog’s ears. Only use your finger to gently wipe around in outer ear leather. Never put your finger or any object down into your dog’s ear as this can cause pain and potential injury. If your dog’s ears have a strong odour or discharge, seek advice from your vet immediately, as your dog may have an infection or mite infestation.
My dog has cracked pads, what should I do?
I recommend using natural remedies as much as possible. Pure organic coconut oil is great for your dog’s pads and nose in need of hydration.
How short should my dogs nails be?
With the exception of the dew claws, your dog’s nails should end just on or slightly above the ground. If they become too long, the nails may curl under causing pain and potential damage to your dog’s pads. Dew claws should be kept short to avoid getting snagged and potentially ripped out which is extremely painful.
Which brush is best for my dog?
It is important to understand your dog’s coat type and use a brush developed specially for it. For short smooth haired dogs like Frenchies, Staffies, bullmastiffs etc., I always recommend a soft rubber brush like the ZoomGroom from Kong. For a wool or wool mix coat, a de-matting slicker brush is ideal. For a silk coat, a soft bristle brush and stainless steel comb are a good option. For heavy shedding and double coat breeds, furminators work well, but these should be used with caution to avoid damaging your dog’s coat.
The second walk of the series will be taking place on Sunday 21 October. We will be announcing the guest speaker and taking bookings from 5 October.