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How to Manage Your Long-Haired Dachshund’s Coats

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By LITTLE PUPPY PAWS | June 27, 2023
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Are you the proud owner of a long-haired or smooth-haired Dachshund? If so, you already know these adorable pups require special grooming to keep them looking their best.

Grooming your Dachshund is not just about aesthetics; it plays a vital role in their overall health and well-being. Regular grooming sessions help to keep their coat clean, free from tangles and mats, and reduce the risk of skin issues. Additionally, grooming allows you to bond with your furry friend and monitor their overall health.

Brushing Your Dachshund’s Coat

Brushing is an essential part of grooming for long-haired and smooth-haired Dachshunds. It helps to remove loose hair, prevent matting, and distribute natural oils, keeping their coat healthy and shiny. Use a soft-bristle or slicker brush designed for Dachshunds to brush their entire body gently. Pay extra attention to their chest, underarms, and hindquarters, as these areas are prone to tangles. Regular brushing sessions should be done at least once or twice a week.

Bathing Your Dachshund

Bathing is another crucial aspect of Dachshund grooming. Use a mild dog shampoo suitable for sensitive skin and follow the instructions on the product. Before bathing, brush your Dachshund’s coat to remove any tangles or mats. Use lukewarm water and gently wet their coat, avoiding their face and ears. Apply the shampoo and lather it in, paying attention to the areas where dirt and oil accumulate, such as the belly and underarms. Rinse thoroughly to ensure no shampoo residue remains. After bathing, dry your Dachshund with a towel or a low-heat blow dryer, using the lowest setting.

Nail Care

Trimming your Dachshund’s nails is an important part of their grooming routine. Overgrown nails can be uncomfortable for your pup and may cause issues with walking or even lead to injuries. Use a dog nail trimmer designed for small breeds and trim the tips of the nails, avoiding the quick (the pink area inside the nail). Don’t cut too close to the quick; it can cause bleeding and discomfort. If you need more clarification or are uncomfortable with nail trimming, consider seeking a professional groomer or veterinarian assistance.

Ear Cleaning

Dachshunds, especially those with long ears, are prone to ear infections and wax buildup. Regular ear cleaning can help prevent these issues. Use a veterinarian-recommended ear cleaner and cotton balls or pads. Gently lift your Dachshund’s ear flap and apply a few drops of the ear cleaner into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear to distribute the cleaner and loosen any debris. Use a cotton ball or pad to remove the dirt and excess moisture. Avoid inserting anything deep into the ear canal to prevent injury. If you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or a foul odor, consult your veterinarian.

Dental Care

Maintaining good dental hygiene is crucial for your Dachshund’s overall health and fresh breath. Regular dental care can help prevent dental issues such as tartar buildup, gum disease, and tooth decay. Here are some steps to keep your Dachshund’s teeth clean and healthy:

  1. Brushing: Use a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your Dachshund’s teeth regularly. Start by gradually introducing the toothbrush and toothpaste, allowing your pup to get used to the taste and sensation. Gently brush their teeth in circular motions, paying attention to both the front and back teeth. Aim for at least two to three times per week.
  2. Dental Chews and Toys: Provide dental chews or toys that promote dental health. These chew toys help remove plaque and tartar buildup while keeping your Dachshund entertained. Look for products with dental benefits approved by veterinary professionals.
  3. Professional Dental Cleanings: Schedule regular professional dental cleanings with your veterinarian. These cleanings involve thoroughly examining, scaling, and polishing your Dachshund’s teeth under anesthesia. Professional cleanings ensure a deep clean and allow your veterinarian to identify any dental issues early on.

Eye Care

Keeping your Dachshund’s eyes clean is essential for their overall well-being. Regular eye care can help prevent tear stains, infections, and irritation. Here’s how to care for your Dachshund’s eyes:

  1. Gentle Cleaning: Use a soft, damp cloth or a veterinarian-recommended eye wipe to gently clean your Dachshund’s eyes. Be careful not to touch the eyes directly or use harsh chemicals that can irritate them. Wipe away any discharge or debris, paying attention to the corners of the eyes.
  2. Tear Stain Prevention: Dachshunds, especially those with lighter coats, are prone to tear stains. Regularly wipes away any moisture or tears around the eyes to prevent tear stains. You can also consult your veterinarian for tear stain removal products or dietary adjustments that may help reduce tear staining.

Anal Gland Care

Like many other dog breeds, Dachshunds have anal glands that can sometimes become impacted or infected. Signs of anal gland issues include scooting, excessive licking, or a foul odor coming from the rear end. If you notice any of these signs, seeking veterinary assistance is essential. A veterinarian or a professional groomer can express the anal glands safely and guide proper care.

Conclusion:

Proper grooming is essential to keeping your long-haired or smooth-haired Dachshund looking and feeling fabulous. From brushing their coat and bathing to nail care, ear cleaning, dental care, eye care, and anal gland care, each aspect contributes to your Dachshund’s overall well-being. Following these grooming guidelines and incorporating them into a routine ensures your Dachshund stays healthy, comfortable, and fabulous. Remember to approach grooming with patience, positive reinforcement, and love, making it a pleasant experience for you and your furry companion.