How To Take Excellent Care of Your Cockapoo Dog
Cockapoos, the mixed breed dog produced by mating a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel, require special care in certain areas because of their breed characteristics.
The following highlights the areas specific to Cockapoo dogs.
Cockapoo dogs’ ears need inspection for irritation and/or redness at least once per month or if the dog scratches his ears frequently. Cockapoo ears can get infected easily. You can lift the ear and wipe out the outside of the ear with a cotton ball or get an ear cleaner solution from your vet.
Take your Cockapoo to a reliable, professional groomer every six to eight weeks or learn how to groom him yourself. Otherwise, he will eventually resemble a sheep dog. The longer the dog’s hair, the faster it will mat. If excessive matting occurs, your dog may be shaved to his skivvies to remove them.
Between professional groomings, you should do the following:
Brush or comb out your dog as often as you can. Daily brushing prevents mats and cleans the dog’s coat. Look for mats under the front legs, behind the ears, and on the chest and belly. If the mat does not brush out easily, apply a dematting solution and then brush. If the mat is still not gone after applying the solution, cut it off carefully.
Cut the fur between his foot pads and between the nails, as well as the dog’s nails every two to three weeks. When you clip the nails, make sure styptic powder is ready in case you cut into the quick of a nail and cause bleeding. You can also use a doggie nail file to smooth out the sharp claws sometimes caused by clipping. You will know when the nails are too long when you hear clicking on wood or tile floors. A Cockapoo with hairy paws will slide across uncarpeted floors.
Inspect your dog’s skin for hot spots – irritation, scabs, or raw areas caused by excessive scratching. Pay particular attention to the legs, neck, and head. Ask your vet about the best way to prevent and treat them. Excessive bathing may dry out the Cockapoo’s skin.
The following items highlight areas that apply to all dog breeds:
Schedule an annual vet visit to get vaccinations and check the dog’s general health.
Brush your dog’s teeth at least every few days. Excessive plaque left on the teeth causes gum infection as well as internal medical issues.
When you walk your dog, check his stool for changes in color, frequency, and consistency. Watery stools may indicate any number of conditions requiring the services of a vet.
Administer monthly flea and tick protection and heartworm medication.