You will have some daily grooming as well as weekly grooming to do ith this breed, because folks,
Bloodhounds get messy. If you keep up it is not too bad, but if you let things slide, then prepare
for a hit to the pocketbook.
Daily- you will need to wipe any eye “goob”
with a Kleenex, soft cloth, or cotton cosmetic round. Do not let this debris accumulate. If it has dried,
place a drop or two of mineral oil on a cotton round and gently work loose. If the loose lower eye lids
are drying out from pollen and dust, place a drop of mineral oil in each eye to keep things healthy or add
a ½” of sterile ophthalmic eye ointment into each eye. Ears need some daily attention since the tips
drag into everything, i.e. food, dust, dirt, plants, etc. Unscented baby wipes are useful for this clean up.
Invest in towels of all sizes for wiping drool, drying lips and flews after a drink, and cleaning feet and
underbellies from rain or snow. You will get into the habit of carrying a drool towel everywhere – vet,
baseball game, car, etc. A periodic wipe saves you from cleaning flying debris or drool after a head
shake, and saves time on wall scrubbing and buying paint.
Bloodhounds shed - how much varies with individual hounds. Some shed once a year while others shed
365 days a year. A rubber hound glove or “Furminator” will be a life saver for your furniture and
vacuum cleaner’s longevity.
Weekly - If you keep up with the daily stuff, the weekly grooming will go quickly. The weekly eye care
remains the same as the daily unless you are seeing any eye rubbing or green/yellow discharge in which
case see your vet. The weekly ear care should include as much of the inside of the ear and ear canal as
can safely be swabbed. A liquid ear drying solution from your vet, squirted inside, then massaged (allow
for some head shakes to loosen anything down deep), and wipe out with cotton balls or cotton rounds.
A brown debris is not unusual, but waxy tan, yellow/green or any bad smell – see the vet.
Skin - Check under the chin and in the neck skin folds for any loss of hair, pinkness or grayness – a
moisture issue or something requiring vet attention if itchy and scratching. Bloodhounds need baths,
but how often is individual, as some have a hound odor and more oil in their coat then others. Dental
care - weekly is a good rule of thumb and many products are readily available.
Toenail trimming weekly or Dremeling keeps the feet healthy and well knuckled up. Most Bloodhounds
are not fans of nail trimming, but they can be taught to tolerate the procedure through perseverance
and treats. Two people will make this easier, and just trim a very, very small amount, since the goal is
not to cut the quick which causes the pain, but trimming 1mm or 1/16th of an inch every week will do
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