Maltese lap-dog: care and maintenance
Caring for the Maltese lap-dog is rather laborious, mainly because of the need to regularly and thoroughly care for the coat. But only with proper care, the Maltese lapdog will have an attractive look and feel good.
In the photo: Maltese lapdog. Photo: akc.org
Maltese wool care
Caring for the hair of a Maltese lap-dog requires a lot of time and attention from the owner, especially if you are planning an exhibition career for a pet. After all, the traditional length of wool of a Maltese lap-dog is “to the floor”.
Maltese wool care includes frequent washing (weekly) and subsequent thorough combing, after which the hair is twisted into papillots. And in order to maintain the appearance of the four-legged friend in order, you may have to dress the dog in overalls. Wash Maltese lap-dogs using special shampoo and conditioner for dogs.
Comb the Maltese lapdogs with special combs. The tangled wool is untangled by the hands, in no case the use of chippers and slickers is allowed - they spoil the structure of the wool.
The hair around the fingers and around the anus of the Maltese lap is trimmed from time to time.
If you do not plan to participate in exhibitions, the hair of a Maltese lap-dog can be trimmed periodically (some owners do this once every 3 months, some once a year).
However, remember that the hair of Maltese lapdogs grows for a long time, so if you have a pet cut, then you will be able to participate in exhibitions no earlier than a year later. And sometimes after a haircut, the structure of the wool of the Maltese lapdog is not restored.
So that the hair on the head does not prevent the dog from seeing, it can be tied with an elastic band for hair.
Hygienic care for the Maltese lapdog
It is necessary to ensure that the eyes and ears of the Maltese lapdog are clean, without secretions, and if necessary, clean them.
Lacrimation from the eyes of the Maltese lapdog causes the hair to darken under the eyes, so you need to know how to avoid this, and this can be done by eliminating the cause of lacrimation. The cause of lacrimation in a Maltese lap-dog may be an allergy, overgrown hairs in the corners of the eyes, hair falling on the eyes or conjunctivitis. If the reason lies in the state of health, you should immediately contact your veterinarian. If the cause is eliminated and it is necessary to remove the darkening of the coat, you can use cosmetics (creams, lotions, powders, etc.)
It is also necessary, as necessary, to cut the claws of the Maltese lapwort with a special claw cutter.
Walking is an important part of taking care of the Maltese
Proper care of the Maltese lapdog is unthinkable without a well-organized walking range. Like any other dog, a Maltese lap-dog should walk at least 2 hours a day. Also, the pet will be grateful to you for playing and learning all kinds of useful skills while walking.