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Gun Dog Breeders: Grooming Tips for Plott Hounds

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 04:41 PM

The Plott hound is a natural breed, with a beautiful outline and an easy-care coat. While this dog from gun dog breeders does not require the excessive coat care of a poodle or terrier, all dogs need regular grooming for health and beauty.

Grooming is a vitally important part of any dog’s health care routine, according to the United Kennel Club. Grooming can help dog owners prevent health problems in the dogs, and help them identify conditions that could be serious. Keeping your dog groomed will make him or her a more enjoyable pet, and it will save you time and money.

When caring for your Plott hound, set a routine. Depending on your dog’s lifestyle, grooming needs differ. Pets benefit from care, but hunting dogs absolutely need grooming to protect their health. These dogs should be groomed every time they return from the field to remove any foxtails or burrs in the coat or skin. Left untreated, these can become embedded in the skin and cause serious infections. Hunting dogs should be toweled down after each excursion. Dampness in the coat freezes in winter, and can cause skin irritations at any time of year.

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The Plott hound’s coat is relatively easy to care for, but regular brushing and an occasional bath are needed for pets and hunting dogs. The dogs shed throughout the year, especially in the spring. Brushing removes loose hair and dirt, and keeps these from landing in your house and car. Bathing can help remove dead hair as well. A warm bath will help loosen the hair, so you can brush it out.

Hunting dogs should also be examined for fleas and ticks, which are easily picked up in the field. Rid your dog of these parasites immediately, to avoid an infestation in your home and to avoid passing them to other pets. Fleas carry tapeworm eggs, which they can pass to dogs. Ticks spread several diseases, including Lyme disease, which can be very disabling.

Pay special attention to the Plott hound’s feet and ears. Stress from hunting can cause injuries to the feet, and harsh conditions can cause cracks in the paw pads. Always check between the toes for burrs or stones that can get trapped in the hair. Ears are easily infected, because the Plott’s hanging ears can create a moist environment that is perfect for growing bacteria. Clean the ears with a soft cotton ball to remove wax, and report excessive gummy buildups or redness that lasts for more than a day to your veterinarian. These conditions may need professional care.

Every dog owner should establish a grooming area in his or her home, where brushes and other tools are kept at easy access, according to the Animal Humane Society. A well-groomed hunting dog is a healthy hunting dog, ready to take on the world.

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The Plott hound is a natural breed, with a beautiful outline and an easy-care coat. While this dog from gun dog breeders does not require the excessive coat care of a poodle or terrier, all dogs need regular grooming for health and beauty.
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