Is your pooch starting to look a little rough around the edges or get too stinky for comfort? If so, it’s probably time to take them to the groomer to get some much needed pampering and styling to look their best. However, grooming is not just about maintaining your dog’s level of cleanliness nor is it just about keeping your dog good-looking. Grooming is about maintaining both your dog’s physical health as well as appearance. Many people don’t realize just how important it is, especially for breeds with longer, thicker hair. If you have a dog or are thinking of getting one, here are a few good reasons why dog grooming is so important.
Groomers are expected to perform a 7 point health check on your pet before they are groomed. This includes their eyes, ears, skin, teeth, gums, nails and bottom. This check will highlight any health problems with your dog so that the groomer is aware when grooming. These checks often reveal things that owners are unaware of such as hidden lumps, wounds, dental issues and external parasites such as fleas and ticks, thus allowing you to get your dog the treatment they need from a veterinarian.
Prevent Matting and Knots
No matter the breed or hair length, brushing is essential to ensure that their coat is kept free of debris and tangles. If your dog has hair that tangles easily then brushing frequently is a must or else they will be prone to matting, which is very uncomfortable and can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Mats can tear skin, cut blood circulation, restrict movement and cause skin irritations. Ask your veterinarian or groomer for advice on how often you should brush your pet and the best techniques.
Just like humans your dogs’ nails grow all the time and need to be clipped regularly so that they don’t get too long and uncomfortable. If a dogs nails get too long they can cause discomfort, injures to the dog and other people. If your pup is okay with you clipping their nails at home that’s great, but if you are unsure on how to trim their nails or don’t have the patience then taking your dog to the vet or groomer to get their nails done is the best way to go.
There’s no mistaking that a clean dog is a happy and healthy dog. Almost every dog loves to roll in dirt and get filthy, but they do need regular washes to get rid of excess dirt, and keep them nice and clean. However, bathing your dog too frequently can strip the necessary oils from their coat and can potentially cause skin irritation and other issues. If your pet loves to get so dirty that they need frequent baths, then ask your veterinarian which shampoos will work best for your dogs’ coat and skin.
Getting used to being handled
Grooming allows your dog to get comfortable with being handled in different types of situations. It is always a good idea to get your dog used to grooming at an early age so that they can get used to the whole process. If your dog is a little older or hasn’t really had any grooming experience, ask your groomer if they are willing to do a few trial runs with your pet to ease them into routine grooming.
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