HOW TO GROOM A CHOW CHOW
There are two varieties of Chow Chow. The most common is the long-haired rough coat, but you can also find a short-haired smooth coat variety of Chow Chow. Nonetheless, both types require a certain amount of care and maintenance. Find out more below.
How to Take Care of a Chow Chow’s Coat
It’s essential to brush your dog's coat several times a week, especially if you have a rough coat Chow Chow. The rough coat is very dense and abundant and is also prone to knots. A knotty coat can quickly become problematic for your dog and lead to irritation or even skin disease. During moulting seasons, in spring and autumn, brush your Chow Chow daily. Take advantage of this time to check the condition of your furry friend's skin and spot any potential problems (irritation, parasites, etc.). Brushing your dog’s coat can also be a special bonding moment between you and your Chow Chow and a good time to strengthen your relationship. However, to brush your dog correctly, you need to make sure you have the right tools.
How Do I Choose the Right Brush for My Chow Chow?
Your choice of dog brush largely depends on what type of hair your pooch has. For a Chow Chow, the best type of brush is a curry brush. This is very useful for removing dead hair and taking good care of the undercoat without damaging it. Just be careful not to be too rough at the risk of damaging your dog’s skin. The FURminator dog brush is without a doubt the best dog brush on the market. This brush is available for all hair types and dog breeds (small, medium, large), and proves to be a great long-term investment. Finish brushing your Chow Chow’s coat with a softer, boar bristle brush, which is great for smoothing out the fur.
How to Bathe a Chow Chow
You can bathe your Chow Chow once or twice per year. This is usually enough to keep your very furry friend clean and healthy. Of course, don’t wait to give your Chow an extra bath if they get particularly dirty or start to smell bad. If the smell persists, contact your vet for advice, as it could indicate a skin problem.
Considering the size of the Chow Chow, you may have a little trouble getting them into your shower or bathtub. You can wash your dog with a hose outside, so long as your water supply has a temperature regulator. Make sure that the water temperature is neither too cold nor too hot: lukewarm water, between 35 and 38°C, is ideal. Choose a good dog shampoo that respects your dog's hair, but also their skin type (dry, oily, etc.), and any potential problems, such as parasites, for example. Never use human shampoo on your dog! Brush your dog before you wet them, then lather shampoo all over their body, being careful not to get shampoo in your dog's eyes or ears, to prevent ear infections. Rinse your pooch well to get rid of all traces of shampoo, then rub them with a towel to dry. If desired, you can use a hairdryer, set to medium heat.
Complementary Health Care for a Chow Chow
In addition to basic dog grooming like brushing and bathing, you also need to take care of your Chow Chow’s eyes, ears, and teeth, as well as trim their nails regularly. Clean your dog’s eyes often. This is very important for your Chow Chow, who is susceptible to eye problems. Use cotton pads and saline solution to clean the eyes from the inside out, so as not to allow other dirt to get in. If you notice any abnormal discharge, contact your veterinarian.
Pay close attention to the Chow-Chow's ears, and again, clean them regularly with a suitable ear cleaning solution. To do this, place the product inside your dog's ear canal, then massage gently to allow it to penetrate the ear. Wipe the remaining product off with a cotton pad, until no trace remains.
The teeth should also get your full attention. Teach your pooch to accept a toothbrush and toothpaste from an early age and brush their teeth at least once a week to get rid of dental plaque and maintain healthy gums. You can also give your dog chew bones to help fight plaque and tartar.
Finally, don’t forget to trim your Chow Chow's nails when necessary. Being a large dog, it may be easier to use an electric file for the Chow Chow, as this is easier to handle than a classic nail clipper. If you’re worried about hurting your pooch, ask your vet for help.
Preventive Care for a Chow Chow
Finally, don't forget about preventive medical care to guarantee your Chow Chow stays in good health throughout their lifespan. Make sure to keep all your dog’s vaccines up to date and take your Chow Chow for regular anti-parasitic and deworming treatments. It's a good idea to schedule at least one veterinary check-up a year, especially when your dog gets older. Lastly, offer your Chow a healthy diet and regular exercise.
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