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Great Dane grooming

Grooming is very important for any dog, including our favourite Great Dane. It improves dogís appearance, contributes to dogís mental and physical well-being and helps to prevent different diseases and infections. Great Dane is a member of the family, so you must care for him as well as for any other member of your family. Several areas, where your Great Dane needs special care are the following:

Bathing

Dogs arenít humans and there is no need to bath your Great Dane every day. But, how often it should be bathed then? The frequency of bathing depends upon the individual pet. In a few words it should be done on a ďas neededĒ basis. Of course, when your dog starts to look scrubby or gives off an odor, itís time to wash him. Please, remember, that if itís cold outside, the dog shouldnít be allowed to go out until he is completely dry. It will prevent him from getting sick.  Donít use human shampoo, when washing. There is a great variety of dog shampoos, that are formulated for dogsí skin. Shampoos, intended for human use, can irritate dogís skin and cause excessive drying. When washing your dog, make sure shampoo doesnít get in his eyes.

Brushing

Great Dane normally has short hair, but his hair still needs to be brushed. You should start using a dog brush, when your Great Dane is a puppy. Soon he will get comfortable with brushing and he may even look forward to it. Brushing is meant to prevent matted hair and remove excess fur. It will also help to remove pet dander.

Ears

Please, pay special attention to your dogís ears. Examine them regularly for dirt and wax. Be careful, using soft cotton ball and never lodge it into the ear. Donít use a Q-tip! The ear drum may be easily damaged by the cotton applicator. If you donít know or hesitate how to clean your dogís ears, please, consult your veterinarian.

Nails

Itís vital to keep your dogís nails trimmed, but, be careful, because there are veins in Great Daneís nails. If youíve never clipped a dogís nails before, it will be better to take him to a groomer. Later, when you will be sure how to clip the nails, you may purchase clippers and do it by yourself at home. Keeping up with your dogís nails you prevent in-grown nails, that are very painful.