HOW TO GROOM YOUR SIBERIAN HUSKY
Huskies sport a beautiful, thick double coat, despite which they do not require a lot of maintenance, in terms of neither time nor money. However, your Husky still needs basic care in order to stay healthy. Discover all our tips for safely taking care of your dog below.
How to Brush a Husky
Brushing your dog is essential, although, for a Husky, the coat does not require special care. Nonetheless, by brushing your dog regularly, you help get rid of dead hair and prevent them from swallowing too much of it while licking themselves. You can also take advantage of this time to check the condition of your furry friend's skin and spot any potential problems (irritation, parasites, etc.). Finally, brushing your dog’s coat can become a special bonding moment between you and your Husky; these doggies tend to get particularly close to their masters. But, in order to brush them correctly, you need to have the right tools.
Choosing the Right Brush for Your Husky
Not all brushes are suitable for all dog breeds. The choice of which brush to use depends largely on what type of hair your pet has. For Huskies, the best type of brush is a curry or carding brush. This allows you to remove dead hair effectively. It should be used regularly during moulting periods (spring and autumn) when your dog is losing a lot of hair. Just be careful not to be too rough at the risk of damaging your dog’s skin. You can finish brushing your dog’s coat with a softer, boar bristle brush. This type of brush is of no use for detangling, but rather for smoothing out the fur. The Husky's fur is not prone to knots, though. The FURminator dog brush is without a doubt the best dog brush on the market. Although a little more expensive than some other brushes, it will prove to be a great investment.
How to Bathe a Husky
Baths are also an important feature in the maintenance of your Husky. However, be careful not to bathe your dog too often. One to two baths per year is normally enough to keep your Husky clean and healthy. Of course, if your pooch gets their coat particularly dirty or smells bad, don't wait to bathe them. If the smell persists, this may also be because they're suffering from skin problems. Always check with your vet if you suspect a health issue.
You can run a bath, put your dog in the shower, or spray them down with a hose in your garden. Make sure that the water temperature is neither too cold nor too hot: lukewarm water, between 35 and 38°C, is ideal. Brush your dog before you wet them, then lather shampoo all over their body, paying close attention to the legs. Be careful not to get shampoo in your dog's 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.
Choosing the Right Dog Shampoo
The choice of shampoo is very important when bathing your dog. A good dog shampoo respects your dog's hair, but also their skin type (dry, oily, etc.), as well as any potential problems, such as parasites, for example. Never use human shampoo on your dog. Dogs have a different pH from humans, so human products are absolutely not suitable for your Husky's skin.
Complementary Health Care for a Husky
In addition to grooming your dog's coat, you also need to take care of their eyes, ears, teeth, and nails. First and foremost: the teeth. These are an all-too-often overlooked part of the dog’s anatomy. However, oral hygiene is very important to your dog's health. Teach your Husky 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.
Next, clean your Husky’s ears often 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.
Don’t neglect your dog’s eye care either. This is very important for your Husky, who is susceptible to eye problems. Use cotton pads and saline solution to clean their eyes regularly. Avoid using cotton wool or Q-tips which may leave cotton fibres behind. Proceed gently so as not to injure your dog. Take a pad soaked in the saline solution and run it over your dog's eyes to sweep away any impurities. Start from the inside of the eye and move outwards, so as not to allow other dirt to get in.
Remember to also trim your Husky's nails to prevent them from getting in the way when your dog moves. Considering the size of your doggy, use an electric file instead, which 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 Husky
Finally, don't forget about preventive medical care to guarantee your Husky's health and thus help to extend their life expectancy. Make sure to take your Husky for regular anti-parasitic and deworming treatments, especially if you live in the countryside, and keep all their vaccines up to date. It's a good idea to schedule at least one veterinary check-up a year, especially when your dog gets older.
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