Clipping Your Dog

Many dog owners think of using clippers to groom an animal as a purely mechanical activity. Few understand that clipping a dog is an art. Clipping a dog’s coat or trimming its nails are procedures to be carried out in a careful manner in order to avoid injuries to the skin or paws. Often, breed characteristics dictate how the dog should be groomed. If a dog’s coat is not properly clipped, this may lead to dust accumulation in the coat and the animal may start showing signs of skin diseases. This is true especially when the grooming activities are not done in a proper manner.

Proper coat clipping helps to get rid of the burden of parasites to a great extent, and the clipping of your dog is useful in exposing the type of parasitic problem that the dog suffers, or may be susceptible to in later life. Many pet health parlors are available wherein dog clipping will be carried out in a systematic manner.

Always use a sharp clipper, and in the winter months, avoid clipping too closely. Closer clipping in our frigid winter climate may expose the dog to an increase in environmental stresses, such as an increased vulnerability to frostbite. Another reason to steer clear of clipping too closely lies in the possibility of injury to the underlying tissues such as bleeding in the animal concerned.

Many pet owners need to avoid any clipping activity when the animal is not in full health. Clipping instruments are readily available in many pet supply shops. Avoid blunt instruments because they may not clip well and thus, frequent clipping is often required. Always use modern equipment for clipping activities.

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