Dog Ear Cleaner: What Is It?
The name “dog ear” comes from the fact that dogs have long, thin, and sensitive ears. Dogs are very social animals and they love to play with each other’s ears. They will even lick them if it means getting attention or affection. However, these same dogs don’t like to share their food with others because they feel it would make them look less dominant. So, they prefer to eat off their own fur.
Dogs do not have any real use for dog hair except its ability to keep themselves warm when cold weather hits. Most people think that dog hair is used for making hats and coats. But there are many reasons why people don’t wear dog clothes anymore.
Dog hair is actually made up of keratin, which is a protein found in human fingernails and hair. When you cut your dog’s coat, you’re cutting off part of their skin. Keratin doesn’t easily break down into pieces like cotton does. And it takes time for the fibers to fall out naturally so they are left behind.
This is why your dog sheds. The hair that is left over doesn’t just fall out like cotton does. It gets trapped inside and eventually builds up in clumps. Most people don’t have the time to vacuum every other day to remove these clumps of hair from their carpets.
The easiest way to pick them out is by using something sticky, like tape. It works like a magnet for pet hair. You can then remove the clump and throw it away.
There are two ways you can remove hair from carpet. You can either do a spot cleaning or remove the hair by using a bristled brush and then using a high powered vacuum cleaner.
This process is called de-shedding. After you de-shed your dog, it will look like they just got out of the groomers. There will be practically no trace of fur left behind.
To de-shed your dog, you will need a high powered vacuum cleaner, tape, comb, and brush. You will also need a plastic bag for the hair that you pick up.
Begin by using the tape on areas of the carpet with a lot of fur. Once you have one clump, you can continue to pick out smaller pieces. Place them in the plastic bag. When finished, remove the tape from the carpet and throw it away in the trash.
Next, you will use the comb and the bristled brush to remove hair from your dog’s coat. Start at your pet’s head and work your way back towards their tail. Place all of the fur in the bag. When you are finished, take the bag and throw it away in the trash.
Your dog should now look like it just got done at the groomers. There should be no traces of fur left behind. If there is, you may have to repeat the process. However, do not over do it.
Over de-shedding can lead to skin problems for your dog. If this happens, take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.
People that own pets with thicker coats often decide to shave their pet instead of using de-shedding tools as often because it’s easier and faster to maintain a shaved coat. Keep in mind, there are many different types of coats such as wire, smooth, curly, and many more. Below are some tips to help you de-shed your pet.
Hairs are most easily removed when they’re wet. Most people prefer to bath their pets first before removing loose hairs because it’s easier for you to see where the hair is coming from.
You need to brush in the direction of hair growth. For most animals, this is from head to toe.
Don’t over brush or you can pull out too much fur which can cause bald spots. Just keep brushing and the fur will come out eventually.
Have a large garbage bag handy to place all of the loose hairs in. You may also want to have some baby powder on hand to help remove any stubborn hairs that are stuck in your pet’s coat.
It is easier to use a medium to fine tooth comb and gently comb in the direction of hair growth to safely remove loose hairs. After each stroke of the comb, remove any hair that is caught in the teeth of the comb.
When you are done removing fur, brush your pet one more time to make sure you got all the loose hairs. You may want to do this several times to make sure you have removed as much fur as possible.
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