3 Dog Grooming Myths

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dog Grooming Tips

In this article, I shall be taking a look at three of the most popular dog grooming myths within the show dog industry. I’ll provide real truth facts to counteract the lies and put your mind at ease.

Myth No. 1 – Your Dog’s Bad Breath Is Normal

This is simply not anywhere near the truth. Just like a human being, your dog’s constant bad breath is not normal. A lot of pet owners seem to think it’s acceptable for their dogs to have bad breath; however, this is so far from the truth. A dog’s breath is most likely to smell bad if he’s eaten something unpleasant.

Continue to monitor your dog’s breath and if it continues, it could be a symptom for more serious illnesses such as oral cancer. If the smell persists, take a trip to your local vet for a much needed check up.

Myth No. 2 – Raw Eggs Make your Dogs Coat Better

Coming in at a close second position is the common belief amongst pet owners that regular intakes of raw eggs can improve the look and feel of your dog’s coat.

There’s only one answer to that… Untrue!

There’s no denying that eggs hold a significant amount of proteins, vitamins and minerals, so the occasional raw egg certainly won’t harm your beloved pet. However and here’s the other end of the scale, raw eggs contain raw egg whites which can possibly lead to a biotin deficiency. To which the irony is, a possible risk of hair loss, among other things.

If you want to be a sensible, responsible dog owner, give your dog a sensible balanced diet. At the risk of spoiling the party, it is ok to give your dog the occasional cooked egg, instead of the raw alternative. This at least prevents the egg white from binding with biotin.

Myth No. 3 – Avoid Shaving Your Dog’s Coat

Ok, I’ll admit, this myth is partially true. Let me explain. When a dog’s coat is shaven, it’s delicate skin and now unprotected skin is exposed to all of Mother Nature’s natural elements.

Imagine this for a moment. You own a dog that is long coated and double-coated. Shaving his coat in the height of the long, hot summer wouldn’t be a clever move to undertake. Those types of dogs usually get rid of their undercoats at that time of year and are left with a single top coat for protection against the sun’s rays.

When left with no choice but to shave your dog, you have to be aware that you’re actually reducing his natural protection. Substitute that protection by using dog clothing, or even sunscreen (yes, dogs can get sunburn too).

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