Some dogs need professional grooming but all dogs need some routine grooming. Brush your dog regularly to remove excess hair that can become matted and make a mess of your house. Look for unusual lumps or bumps that may need medical attention and watch for signs of parasites. Bath your dog about once a month or as needed. Trim your dog’s nails regularly to help him keep a grip on the ground prevent him from catching a nail and injuring his toes. Check your dog’s ears for signs of infection such as redness, swelling and excess wax or other discharge. Clean his ears with dog-safe ear rinse using cotton balls. Brush your dog’s teeth and stimulate the gums with a doggy toothbrush. Only use dog-safe toothpaste since human toothpaste can be toxic to your dog. Use grooming time to bond with your dog and make him comfortable to your touch. Learn more from your London, ON veterinary clinic.