Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Characteristics
Coat of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs regular brushing. Grooming Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very important. Hair of this dog needs to be brushed frequently in order to maintain the fluff of coat. Regular brushing will prevent the development of tangles on the dog’s coat.
Bath: if it is necessary or before the show. Too much bathing can dry out the skin and coat of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels too much. Daily thorough bushing and combing is recommended. Bathing should only be necessary 1 times per 2 month with a good waterless shampoo can be used which will help to promote healthy skin and shiny coat. A waterless shampoo is a shampoo which is made of foam or in spray form. Just apply it on coat Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, rub it in and let it dry without rinsing. You can use dog wipes to clean dirty spots on your dog`s coat.
Eyes of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels should be checked regularly. Healthy eyes are without redness and souring. Gray lumps in the corners of the eyes are acceptable in the morning, because this dog is very active, and can runs a lot, so the eyes are thus cleaned. They are easy to clean with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels eyes with a chamomile tea once a week to prevent souring. Wipe each eye with a separate cloth without lint (it is better not to use cotton wool).
Teeth: Brush your dog teeth with special toothpaste for dogs using a toothbrush or a special brush on your finger 3-4 times a week. Include solid food in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels diet to prevent tartar.
Ears Cavalier King Charles Spaniels check once a week. A healthy ear is pleasant pink color without redness and rash. Wipe the dust in the inside of the auricle with a cotton pad soaked in warm water. A regular inspection will allow you to notice any changes in the skin of your dog ears. Contact your veterinarian immediately when you notice that your dog often shakes his head, rubs his ears on the floor, his auricle is red, there is an excess of sulfur or discharge with an unpleasant odor. There are many reasons: food allergies, otitis, Otodectes cynotis, etc.
Always consult your veterinarian and never make a diagnosis yourself.
Claws: trim with a claw cutter for small breeds 1 time per month, smooth the sharp ends with a nail file to avoid the appearance of burrs. If the claws are too hard, moisten the paws in warm water, the nails will become softer and easier to cut. After the procedure to praise the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and treat with his favorite treat.
Paws are wiped with a damp cloth or washed in the shower after walking. Always carefully check the paw pads for damage and cracks. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is a very active dog and can easily be injured while playing and running.
Rub any vegetable oil into the paw pads and include it in your dog’s diet (1 teaspoon per day) to prevent cracking.
Attention! Ticks and Fleas in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
You must regularly treat your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with means against ectoparasites at least 1 time per month, because fleas and ticks are a great threat to the health and life of the dog. The medicine is dripped on the withers. Do not bath the dog during 10 days.
Fleas are parasitic on the animal's body and provoke itch, redness and irritation of the skin. Flea bite can cause allergies. Flea can cause the appearance worms, if dog ingests it because fleas are carriers of various infectious diseases.
Ixodid tick is carrier of a dangerous disease for dogs -piroplasmosis (babesiosis). It is active in the period April - October (especially dangerous May - September).
Always check dog`s skin after walking: the muzzle, ears, area around the eyes, neck and abdomen.
Discovered a tick, do not panic (not all are infectious). You need to wear rubber gloves and pull the parasite with tweezers or Tick Twister with circular motion. The bite is treated with antiseptic. Next days keep an eye on dog`s health. If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is active, eats with appetite, it is all right, your dog is healthy.
Symptoms of piroplasmosis (babesiosis) in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels:
- Refusal to eat and drink
- High body temperature (over 39 degrees)
- Yellow whites of the eyes
- Reddish brown urine
- Dog sinks down on its hind legs
Immediately consult a veterinarian if you notice these symptoms in your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Only the timely help can save the life of your dog.