Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a small breed which has beautiful long, shiny and lustrous coat, especially when properly groomed. Special attention is required weekly or even daily if you have the time. Left for long periods can leave their coat matted, dirty, tangled and dull.
Besides the generally grooming of brushing and combing, bathing your dog regularly is also extremely important from puppy stage. This will become routine for your puppy and will not bother them as they get older. Whether you do this yourself or opt for a professional dog washer or salon where they will take care of the little details required for this breed. Cleaning and brushing of the ears are important remove any excess particles as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are susceptible to ear problems.
These gorgeous lovable dogs do require more attention than most other breeds, both emotionally and hygienically. Care needs to be taken around the eyes by delicately cleaning and brushing. If ignored their long hair will irritate their sensitive eyes which can cause complication risks. While these dogs don’t require a lot of exercise their nails and feet also need attention. Their nails tend to grow quickly and need trimming regularly. Other feet problems to check are the pads on their feet for cracks lots of hair between the toes. As a puppy make nail cutting apart of your grooming ritual even if you only pretend to do in order to get your puppy accustomed to it. Through regular grooming you’ll be able to monitor these issues as they present themselves.
You can also monitor and contribute to your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dental hygiene but be sure to consult your Vet first but there are a few things you can do at home. One thing is to look for good quality chews that help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Some owners have been able to teach their pet to hold their mouth open briefly in order to brush their teeth. If you are looking at doing this begin at puppy stage and teach them to open their mouth for a second or so when you stay the command âopen’. After a while you can slowly extend the time they open their mouth for. Once achieved you can use a finger and gently rub around their teeth and gums to get them accustomed to having their teeth brushed. Some owners use a small amount of peanut butter which the dogs love to give them a good experience when completing a task. Next is to buy a pet toothbrush and flavored toothpaste which can be purchased from your Vet or pet store. It is ideal to brush their teeth every other day.
Regular dog grooming will help prevent and pick up any health problems due to early detection. Don’t leave minor aliments as they will only become bigger ones and pose more of a health risk. A healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a happy one.
Lea Mullins shares some tips on grooming a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Learn more about dog grooming from TrainPetDog.com.
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