Problems caused by not grooming your dog

Poodle being groomedTo keep your pet dog looking beautiful you need to trim the hair around their face. Long hair that gets into the eyes of dogs, such as the Shih Tzu, Poodle or a Lhasa Apso, can cause a beastly irritation and damage their eyes.

Owners of these dogs should take them to a local dog groomer to have the hair trimmed back on a regular basis. It is essential that you do not try to cut the hair around the eyes with sharp scissors as one sudden movement from your dog can result in permanent damage to the eye.

Some breeds of dogs have problems with their eyes in the form of drainage. If your dog has problems with drainage and their skin and fur is discoloured it could become infected. This can be a medical problem which your local vet will be able to check out for you.

Sometimes dogs can suffer from a chronic ear infection, especially dogs with long floppy ears. The ear canal of your dog is covered by their ears and this creates a moist warm environment, with no fresh air to bring about some relief.

If your dog starts to scratch their ears, take them to the vet as they could end up with a painful disease if left untreated.

Preventive measures in the form of cleaning your dog’s ears with a solution that has been approved by your vet, or have your groomer shave away any hair that is growing in his ear canals, are a wise idea.