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Article: Dog care – from head to paw

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Dog care – from head to paw

Regular and thorough care is extremely important for the health and well-being of our four-legged friends. Anyone who neglects the care of their dog risks parasites, injuries or even illness.

In this article we will explain to you which areas of dog care include and what is important to consider.

dental care

Regular dental care ensures your dog has healthy teeth. It protects your four-legged friend from tartar, plaque, bacterial infections, bad breath or inflammation of the gums.

Natural teeth cleaning is most effective if your dog is allowed to gnaw on beef bones or chewing roots made from coffee wood. During this chewing process, it automatically cleans the surface of its teeth in a humane manner, so that plaque and tartar are removed. The increased flow of saliva produced also promotes cleaning.

In addition, chewing strengthens his jaw and exercises your dog at the same time. So you can easily integrate this grooming process into your dog's everyday life.

Eyes & Ears

Your dog's eyes and ears also need regular care. Remove excess secretion from the eyes with a damp cloth. The ears should also be free of dirt. A damp cloth or ear drops are also suitable for this.

Dog paws & claw care

Does your dog walk strangely or limp? Then it's best to check his paws straight away, because it's possible that your dog has an injury. The paws carry our darlings over hill and dale day in and day out. Of course, they are also exposed to enormous stress. Sometimes this leads to cracks in the skin of the paw pads. You can easily care for these cracks with milk fat or petroleum jelly.

Claws that are too long can also be uncomfortable for your dog. They cause claws to tear, break or even tear off.

Remember this: If the nails touch the ground while your dog is standing, they are too long and you should trim them with nail clippers or pliers. Be careful never to cut off too much. It is best to have your veterinarian explain the correct technique to you.


Regular brushing removes loose dog hair and provides good blood circulation to your four-legged friend's skin. Combing also makes it easier for your dog to change fur in summer and winter.
Long-haired dog breeds should be brushed every day. For short-haired dog breeds, it is sufficient to brush the coat once a month.


There are a lot of ticks around, especially in spring and summer. Therefore, you should check your dog after every walk. Ticks are not only super annoying, they can also transmit dangerous pathogens to your dog.

If you find a tick on your dog during your inspection, you can easily remove it. Use tweezers or tick tweezers and follow the steps below:

  1. Expose the tick so that there are no more dog hairs on top of it.
  2. Grab the tick as close as possible with tweezers or tick tweezers.
  3. Be careful not to crush the tick. Not only does this make a huge mess, but it also increases the risk of infection if stomach contents are emptied into the bite site.

Worm treatment

As a dog owner, you should regularly have your dog's feces examined by a trusted veterinarian and, if necessary, deworm your dog. The medical worm treatment ensures that the worms in your dog's intestines die. Your veterinarian can determine which remedy is right for your dog by identifying the parasite. For natural deworming, you can give your dog carrots, for example.


Sometimes it happens that our dogs roll around in the mud and dirt for joy and then literally look like “a pig”. If your dog has very dirty fur or smells unpleasant, you should give him a bath. Be sure to use special dog shampoo for the bathing ritual. This is tailored to the pH value of dogs, which differs from that of humans. Important: Don’t bathe your dog too often! Only as often as it actually needs to be.

You have to pay attention to this during the bathing ritual:

  1. Use a gentle jet of water
  2. Place a non-slip rubber mat in the shower or tub
  3. Be particularly careful around the head and ears
  4. Make sure the water temperature is right – lukewarm, but not too cold
  5. Shampoo the dog carefully
  6. When rinsing, make sure that no shampoo gets into your eyes

After bathing, you should dry your dog well. We recommend an absorbent towel and a cozy dog ​​bathrobe.

Our dog towels from PALOPA are particularly suitable for the bathing ritual with your dog.

Here are all the advantages at a glance:

  • Strongly absorbent
  • Dog dries quickly and becomes clean
  • very soft and cuddly
  • two side pockets for protection when drying off
  • Handle to hang it up after use
  • Washable at 40°C and suitable for tumble drying

Our dog bathrobes are also a great alternative:

  • absorbent and quick-drying dog bathrobe
  • keeps the dog dry and warm
  • wide neckline
  • Flexible abdominal band with a Velcro fastener
  • Hanging handle
  • Available in different sizes
  • Washable at 40°C and suitable for tumble drying

We wish you much success in caring for your dog!

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