• Groom coat regularly

  • Brush teeth daily

  • Empty anal sacs " to do it during bathing"

  • Ear cleaning... "Use a good ear wash regularly to avoid yeast build-up... one of the best and safest.. is a mixture of half apple cider vinegar (white vinegar can be used safely as well) and half water." Do NOT use isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide ("Hydrogen peroxide can eat away at tender tissues, and diluted alcohol causes intense pain if even the slightest irritation is present.)

    "At least three times a week, clean the crevices around the outer portion of your dog's ears with a cotton ball dampened with ear wash... never insert a swab into your dog's ear canal.

    "To keep the inside of the dog's ears clean, gently pour room-temperature ear-cleaning solution into his ears and massage them at their base. A dog's ear canal is very deep and it will take 10-15 seconds of thorough masssaging to work the cleaning solution into the canal.

  • Sheath cleaning at bath time... "If you have a male, don't forget to clean his sheath during bathing... ask your vet what cleaning solution to use...

    "Put the solution into a bulb syringe and gently insert the syringe into the sheath, then carefully close the sheath around it. Squeeze some of the liquid into the sheath, then remove the syringe. As you remove the syringe, remember to hold the sheath closed. Move the liguid around by lightly shaking the sheath or stroking it gently along the sides. Remove the liquid by releasing the sheath and gently squeezing it from back to front. Repeat the entire process once or twice as needed.

  • Nail trimming.

(Land, Babs. "Important Practices for Health." Dog World, Mar. 2004: 10-11).

Colby Glass, MLIS