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The ABCs of Poodle care

Deciding on which breed of dog to choose as a pet can definitely be intimidating, especially since there are so many different and wonderful breeds of dog to choose from. The Poodle is definitely one of the fan favorites here however, and this is for many reasons. They are affectionate and loving dogs, not to mention beautiful.
There are many aspects that are involved in proper Poodle care, including brushing, bathing, trimming, clipping, walking and feeding. By taking proper care of a Poodle this will not only ensure that they are happier and healthier in the meantime but will also help by adding years onto their life. Everyone wants their pet to be in the best shape possible and for the Poodle there are a few things in particular that will need to be done here.

Bathing can easily be considered as one of the most important elements of Poodle care in general. Especially because they have such a long and unique coat, the Poodle’s fur needs to be thoroughly washed on a regular basis, at least once a week.

Of all the different components important to proper Poodle care one of the most important of all is the bathing of the dog. Especially because they have such a long and unique coat bathing is obviously going to be important. If a Poodle is not bathed regularly enough their long hair will end up getting tangled and matted and will start shedding more than normal. Poodle allergies can appear after using shampoos that are harsh or chemically scented or colored. Keep the heat on the blow dryer low and away from the skin, as this will only irritate the skin further.

One of the most important steps here is to choose the right shampoo for the dog. There are many great dog shampoos available these days and human shampoo should never be used on a dog especially not a Poodle because it will dry out their skin and possibly even give them dandruff. It is important to make sure that all the shampoo and conditioner is rinsed out before they get out of the tub to prevent dry scalp and Poodle allergies as well. Poodles also need to be properly fluff dried after each bath.

Foods, even those that have been ingested for years, can suddenly cause Poodle allergies. Dogs two to six years of age are more likely to have food allergies than other ages. People often confuse food intolerance that cause diarrhea and vomiting with food allergies that cause dry itchy skin. This is why most food allergies are diagnosed as fleabite reactions or just a dry skin condition.

Many foods such as meats, preservatives, milk and grains such as corn and soy can cause Poodle allergies and treatment usually consists of eliminating foods from the diet one at a time until the culprit food is found and removed from the diet.

Poodles are unique in the fact that they cause the fewest allergic reactions in humans. Though they require a good deal of grooming they have special fur that is more like hair and is less likely to cause allergies than most other breeds. This is the sole reason some people will own no other breed of dog.

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