Almost every dog owner has smelled the dirty dog smell and either taken on the task of grooming the dog from home or finding a professional groomer. Dogs start smelling funky when they have a build up of dander, dirt and oils, so regular grooming can prevent them from getting to the point of having a noticeable smell. Dogs can be overbathed though, so it is important not to bathe a dog more than once a month. The frequent bathing will wash away too many oils from the skin and either dry it out causing flaking or cause an overproduction of oils making the coat greasy. There are shampoos specially formulated for frequent bathing which helps to reduce the amount of oils stripped away from the dogs coat. There are many different kinds of shampoos formulated for different coat types and ailments such as whitening, low shed and medicated. When bathing a dog the key to a good bath is saturating the coat completely, scrubbing the shampoo all the way to the skin and rinsing the coat very well. Rinsing is very important because any shampoo residue left on a dog's skin can cause irritation. Usually an at home groom/bath would end with a good towel dry whereas a professional groomer will use a high velocity dryer to quickly dry a dog completely. Many dogs require regular haircuts along with their bath which should be left to a professional groomer as grooming can be very dangerous. Professional groomers will also clean a dog's

ears and clip their nails with each grooming service. Whether you bathe your dog at home or take it to a groomer, try to maintain a 6-8 week schedule to keep you four legged family member nice and clean.

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Dogs can be such a special part of any family. Many people consider them like four legged children, and just like children they require assistance grooming themselves. Toenail trimming is vitally important to maintaining a dog's health and comfort, but quite often overlooked until they start causing the dog issues.

   When a dogs nails get too long they can get caught on things and can be ripped out or broken into the quick, both of which are very painful. Also if a dogs nails are left overgrown for too long it can start to change the bone structure of the dogs feet, flattening them out and/or even twisting the toes.

   How often a dogs nails need to be clipped depends on how quick the digs nails grow, how active the dog is and what kind of surfaces the dog walks and runs on. Rough surfaces like cement keep a dogs nails filed down so they need clipping less often. Smooth surfaces like tile are not going to have any kind of filing effects so the nails will likely need clipped once every month or two.

   When it comes to actually clipping the nails the most important thing is to avoid clipping into the quick, or sensitive blood vessel at the base of each nail. White nails are much easier because the pink is generally quite visible so you just clip a little before the pink area. Black nails are more difficult because more often than not you have to try to pinpoint the quick based on where the nail begins to look hollow. For most people this is a job best left to the professionals like veterinarians and groomers. 

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Check out whats new with Clandestant Ministries! We now have a Facebook group for taking donated items and giving them away to eligible group members. This new group is called Clandestant Ministries Donations and giveaways. Anyone can donate household items, pet items, childrens items, outdoor items etc. The giveaways will all require different ways to be eligible to win, such as like, comment and share the post, like the ministry page and share the post etc. All donations are guaranteed to be given away in the group and no money will ever be made from the items. Any member caught selling giveaway items will be banned as it goes against Clandestant Ministries group integrity.

Many of the giveaways will be as easy to enter into as simply liking and sharing the post, others may be more difficult and require explanation as to why the person should receive the item or what they are needing the item for. The different means of entering the giveaways helps ensure the items being given will actually go to someone who needs the item and is going to help people save money in these uncertain times. All giveaway winners will be announced via live stream or prerecorded video upload once entry minimums are met.

This group will start off serving Navarro county Texas and surrounding counties; Ellis, Hill, and Johnson, The plan is to one day be nationwide giving the ability to ship giveaway items to winners all over the US. We hope you will join us in this group to help spread kindness to everyone!

Click this link to take you to the group

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