There is a lot more to grooming than just making your dog look presentable by brushing through its fur once in a while, regular grooming is essential for your dog’s health and wellbeing. As each breed of dog is different they all have slightly different needs when it comes to grooming, so it’s a great idea to take your dog to a professional groomer who will have all of the right knowledge and experience to groom your dog properly.
Here are the top 4 reasons why you should get your dog professionally groomed…
Prevent Skin Conditions
Tending to a dogs’ coat is extremely important as this simple action can prevent a manner of skin conditions and if a dog’s coat is unkempt and matted it can cause pain for the dog. Getting your dog’s coat trimmed will ensure that your dog’s coat is healthy and free from mats because if a dog’s coat develops mats bacteria can get trapped underneath them and sores may develop. Brushing is also just as important, dogs with longer coats require a lot more brushing however, even before they have a bath so that water doesn’t become trapped underneath any knots that they have in their coat as this can cause mould or rot. Without regular brushing a dog’s coat can also become greasy and a greasy coat will eventually lead to horrible skin conditions such as sebaceous cysts.
Keep Your Dog Agile
Taking your dog to get their nails trimmed will help to prevent them from developing arthritis in their legs and hips. If your dog’s nails are long it will cause them to stand in an unnatural position due to the ‘splaying’ of their pads which will put strain on their joints and be more uncomfortable for them.
Detect Any Early Signs of Illness
While your dog is being groomed the groomer will be looking at, feeling and becoming familiar with your dog so they will be able to point out if they have any lumps or cuts you might have missed, any signs of tooth decay or even an ear infection. A groomer may be able to point out anything you might not have normally noticed as you might not typically handle your dog as thoroughly or in the same way as the groomer might. This early detection of any conditions or illnesses means that you can treat them earlier and save your dog from a lot of discomfort.
Keep Your Dog Happy
Grooming your dog is not only beneficial for their physical health but also for their mental health. There are times where grooming can make your dog to become more stressed though so you should avoid taking them to be groomed when they have had a bad, stressful day or if they are unwell as this can only add to the stress that they are already feeling. You should start taking your dog to the groomers when they are a puppy so that they become used to the groomer and they can understand what is going on, as starting taking them to the groomer later on in life may be daunting for them. If your dog is energetic and just wants to play then getting them to do something they don’t want to do can cause them to be stressed, so when your dog is relaxed and settled is the perfect time for them to be groomed and with the addition of a few treats it can become a special and relaxing occasion for them.